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[GIFTED] Emily McDowell Studio Empathy Cards

When someone you love gets sick, it's terrifying.  You want to be supportive, but a lot of times, you don't know what to say or do.  Thankfully, Emily McDowell (a cancer survivor herself) has recently released a line of empathy cards that will help you address a loved one's illness in a way that the cards at Rite Aid never seem to be able to do.  Check them out here.  They're amazing. 


[GIFTED] I Hate Kale Cookbook

As a growing emphasis on healthy, organic eating has even pervaded the most chicken-fried reaches of America, three types of people have emerged: 

1. People who support organic, healthy eating to the point where it's obnoxious.

2. People who are in the middle (they'll eat a kale salad for lunch and a burger for dinner).

3. People who dig their heels in and staunchly refuse to eat things like kale or arugala or beets. 

It is guaranteed that you know at least a few people who fit into the third category, and they're probably your father, your brother, or your boyfriend.  They don't seem to get (or care) that there's nothing attractive about a grown man who will only eat chicken fingers or hot wings.  They ALSO don't seem to understand that if they want to live to see past their 50th birthday, they need to eat some goddamned vegetables.

That's why this I Hate Kale Cookbook ($15, Urban Outfitters) is tailor-made for them.  It's filled with 35 recipes that were crafted for non-believers, expressly to help change their minds.  Good luck.    


[SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION] Best Men's Sandals on HiConsumption

As soon as Memorial Day Weekend hits, you’re given carte blanche to give your toes some breathing room. From then until Labor Day, you’re going to be wearing sandals everywhere: to the beach and the pool, of course, but also on early Sunday AM coffee shop runs, walking your dog when you get out of work, and pretty much everywhere else.

That’s why it’s important to pick out a pair of sandals that will best fit the summer you have ahead of you.  After all, they’re your most important summer accessory, perhaps second only to sunglasses.  We recommend picking up some cheaper foam flip-flops to wear around your backyard, and investing in at least one pair of more high-quality sandals that you can wear to nicer affairs—that long-awaited resort vacation with your girlfriend, a BBQ at your boss’s house, and the like. Check out my top picks on HiConsumption.


[GIFTED] Fuck Yeah Friday T-Shirt

You never thought you'd relate so closely to the song "Everybody's Workin' for the Weekend" but life, in general, is pretty disappointing.  As millenials, we've been brainwashed into thinking that we should DO WHAT WE LOVE, so we're completely demoralized to find ourselves just trying to get through the goddamned week, every week, for what seems like infinity.  But guess what?  People have been doing that shit forever. Your grandparents did it.  Your parents did it.  EVERYBODY's working for the weekend, the song says.  So, solider on through the work week, bust out of the office at 5, and pull on this Fuck Yeah Friday T-Shirt ($28, Buy Me Brunch) before heading to the bar.  Cheers.   


[GIFTED] David Weeks Wooden Animals

It takes awhile, but you eventually get to a place in your life when your living space doesn't resemble a college dorm (or worse—if you've ever lived in NYC, your college dorm looked like a fucking palace in comparison to your first "big city" apartment).  You ditch the futon and invest in a nice couch.  You buy nice plates.  You purchase "decorative accents."  You start to feel like after all of the work and tears and straight-up garbage living that you've kinda made it.

Then you have a kid, and that fucker completely messes up EVERYTHING.  Suddenly, your meticulously-decorated home looks like a goddamned play pen.  There are brightly-colored plastic toys everywhere.  You trip over things constantly.  You get to a point where you're about to just make the decision to up the place with hundreds of plastic balls, effectively turning your home into a giant ball pit.   

DON'T DO IT.  You have OPTIONS.  #1 among them is scouting out toys that are so well-designed that you wouldn't mind having them laying around the living room, like these David Weeks Wooden Animals ($90, Horne).  Start here.