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Friday
Nov282014

[12 DAYS OF GIFT GUIDES] Oh Goddddddd, Here We Go...

It is BLACK FRIDAY, the absolute worst shopping day of the year, where crazy yokels stand in a line outside of Walmart at 4AM, eagerly awaiting their chance to trample their fellow man to buy a flatscreen TV on severe discount.  Puts you in the holiday spirit, right?  Can you hear the Nat King Cole playing?   

Take my advice and STAY HOME.  There are so many great things you can buy ON THE INTERNET.  I will show them to you.  Yes, I will show them to you in the form of our annual 12 Days of Gift Guides, where I post—you guessed it—12 gift guides chock full of ideas on what to buy your parents, your spouse, your casual work acquaintance, your estranged Aunt Susan, etc.

And because it is MY STYLE to show all of my cards and never leave you in the dark as to how I'm feeling or what I'm planning, I'm going to tell you the topics of gift guides we'll cover this year, starting Monday, and continuing until 12/24. 

Gifts for the Cocktail Aficionado

Gifts for Your Vegetarian Sister

Gifts for Your Friend's New Baby

Gifts for Your Hard-Partying Cousin

Gifts for the Golf Fanatic

Gifts for Your Brother, Who's in Grad School

Gifts for Your Annoyingly Dapper Friend

Gifts for the Tech Start-Up Guy

Gifts for Your New Stepmother

Gifts for Your TV-Obsessed Friend

Gifts for a Crazy Cat Lady

Gifts for a Beach Bum

If you cannot WAIT for all of this fantastic shopping inspiration, you can check out the 12 Days of Gift Guides of the past.  You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook for links to gift guides I'm writing for other sites because I'm a psychotic overachiever.  Still not satisfied?  Subscribe to the e-newsletter in the sidebar, or check out the buttons above it, which allow you to sort by how much you want to spend, or what type of thing you're looking for. 

This site is such a fucking resource around this time of year, isn't it?  I've been doing this for 3 years and I'm still churning out suggestions for shit you can buy for people.  Somebody give me a medal.

Thursday
Nov272014

[GIFTED] The Pressure Print

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner today?  Bless your crazy little heart.  The Pressure Print ($25, The Pressure) is your personal mantra for today.  Think of how accomplished you'll feel when your loved ones are splayed out in your living room post-dinner, looking like some kind of religious cult that just made good on their suicide pact.  You'll survey the damage in the kitchen and think, "I've done it again."  

Go get 'em.   

Wednesday
Nov262014

[GIFTED] Meat: Everything You Need to Know

Everything about the Thanksgiving meal revolves around the turkey, which is ridiculous because turkey is actually one of the most boring meats you could possibily cook.  Steak, chicken, fish—you have them all of the time.  They just require a little seasoning, and a little braising, sauteeing, frying... whatever your preferred method.  But turkey?  When do you roast a whole turkey aside from one day per year?  Do I hear "never?" That's right.  

And for the people who eat turkey sandwiches on the regular, that's fine, but those sandwiches taste good not because turkey tastes good, but because you're putting it on bread, adding cheese, lettuce, tomato, condiments, etc.  Shoe leather could taste good if you put it between some good bread and topped it with enough acoutrements.  

I'm all for tradition, but turkey can blow me any day that isn't Thanksgiving day.  That's why I'm all over Meat: Everything You Need to Know ($27, Amazon), an impressive tome written by the legendary NYC meat man Pat LaFrieda.  The book features 75 recipes for beef, pork, lamb, veal and poultry, served alongside mouth-watering photos—not a turkey recipe in sight.  Snatch this book up for yourself and for the self-righteous, meat-loving foodie in your life ASAP.  

Tuesday
Nov252014

[SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION] Get the Look: Frank Sinatra

Ever look through old photographs of your grandparents and wonder why everyone always looked so goddamned dapper? That’s the era of Frank Sinatra, when people dressed up constantly. The man was wearing a suit in his mugshot, for God’s sake. Sinatra (and the rest of the rakish Rat Pack) was the original sharp dresser—they called him the Chairman of the Board not only because he was in charge, but also because he looked the part. The old “Dress for the job you want” advice was exemplified best by Frank. And just to set the record straight—Justin Timberlake didn’t make the fedora cool—Frank made the fedora cool.

Whenever you find yourself wondering if you can pull one off, just remember that if a skinny kid from Hoboken can do it, so can you. It’s all about the confidence. Be forewarned: Sinatra style is not for business-casual schlubs—the man wore a lot of suits. But if you’re not afraid of wearing a tie, you can co-opt his look for yourself. The voice of an angel and powerful "connections" are sold separately.  Read it here.

Tuesday
Nov252014

[GIFTED] Gobble Goodies

So you got invited to your friend's house for Thanksgiving.  Maybe you're going to their parents' house.  Maybe they're actually hosting it themselves because they're adults and holy shit when did we all get so OLD?  Either scenario is happening.  Because you don't have to do the psychotic running around with your hair on fire that is planning and executing a Thanksgiving dinner, you need to act extra grateful when you show up and are confronted with your apron-clad, sweaty-faced host who has spent the last week shopping, cleaning, obsessing, and cooking.

Hand her this EXTRA THOUGHTFUL Gobble Goodies Basket ($50, Mouth) that she can either put out for the guests because she accidentally burnt one of the appetizers, or she can shove in the corner of the kitchen and enjoy herself when this crazy holiday is over and everyone has gotten out of her goddamned house for good. Either way, she'll appreciate the gesture.