I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve had a bit-o-difficulty getting into the holiday spirit this year. But whether I’m ready for places like Target to look like Christmas threw-up all over their aisles, well, it doesn’t really matter because there it is – merry this or that, joy! peace to the motherfucking world! and other holiday obscenities all up in my scrunched up face.
Regardless of my bad, bah humbug attitude, some of you are already shopping or at least planning your shopping so I thought I’d post a couple of cool websites and gift ideas I’ve come across that might help you find the perfect something-something for someone(s) on your list.
Because let’s face it, even if they’re only $9, no one needs another chenille throw for their couch this year.
I was reading Real Simple magazine (which, come to find out, isn’t for simple minds like mine but for people who want to organize, simplify and find a bajillion rather bad ass solutions for every day life) when I came across Spoon Sisters. The gift ideas on this site are endless, people.
Just a few examples:
Arrrgh matties! It’s the Pirate Handbook! $18.95
*shakeshakeshake* It’s a Magic 8 Ball Pen! $7.00
Recipes for the Regularity Challenged? Yep. The Un-Constipated Gourmet Cookbook! $16.00
Fashionable knitting? Please! Vogue Knitting – Gloves and Mittens. $24.95
Robot Matryoshkas! (Also: Monsters, Chalkboard, Paint-your-own, etc.) $15.50
OUCH! *BAM* POW! Comic Strip Bandages! $6.25
and a ton of other cool stuff.
Then there’s one of my favorite websites I’ve shopped at for a long time: Uncommon Goods.
Bottoms up! It’s Beer Making Kits! $15.00 – $40.00
Just a liiittttlllee more… a litttlllleee more… The OCD Cutting Board! $25.00
A colorful way to pass the days. Pop the Dots Calendar! $13.00
Rock out in style! Crocheted Headphones! $38.00
Um, hey there! It’s Kim the Talking Clock! $39.50
On a more serious note, in all the list-making and catalog-perusing and store-shopping this time of year, it’s easy for my boys to start getting greedy with the “I want’s.” This is why every year we have them participate in a number of charities like Spark of Love and Toys for Tots – a way for them to remember that this is the season for giving – not receiving – and as a reminder that they are very lucky kids – even when they don’t think so.
So when you’re making your list and checking it twice and shopping online via computer mice, think about clicking on over to Feeding America where a $1 donation will feed eight hungry families in America. EIGHT. For one dollar. Can you imagine if eight of you donated just $1? And then eight of your readers or Twitter followers or Facebook friends did the same? And then theirs? Food for thought, literally.