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10 Paper Plates Worthy of Birthday Cake

Let them eat cake. It's not just an overused semi-historical saying — it's the one thing you should definitely do when throwing any kind of birthday-related shindig.

Make the after-cake cleanup a breeze by using paper plates, but don't just settle for the plain ones you find at the grocery store. Instead, spring for any of these adorable paper plates — guaranteed to jazz up any birthday party.  Read it on The Kitchn


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck 


You're not one for touchy-feely self-help garbage, so whenever you find yourself nodding along to an article on the internet about how to live your life better, chances are, it's written by Mark Manson.  A blogger and self-help guru, Manson rejects positivity and embraces realism, acknowledging challenges and giving tips on how to conquer them for real.

So if you want to make 2017 the year you really start to change your life, Manson's The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck ($15, Amazon) is the book for you.  Manson drops truth bombs throughout, and it'll surely help you get into the mindset to make 2017 a kickass year.    



HASHTAG GOALS, EVERYONE.  This is a phrase started by "the kids" on social media, usually referencing a photo of a celebrity or celebrity couple they aspire to be like (because Kylie Jenner and her gigantic lips are SUCH fantastic role models LOL KILL ME).  It's nice to have someone to look up to until you get into adulthood, when you realize there's really no good heroes.  Everyone is just a person, struggling through shit, just as dazed and confused as everyone else.  Some are just better at hiding it than others.  And so, #GOALS becomes more realistic.  You stop aspiring to be rich and famous and create more easily achievable goals for yourself: go to the goddamned gym once and awhile, get a new job that pays more and doesn't make you miserable, eat a VEGETABLE for fuck's sake, etc etc.  

So as we're sailing out of the shittiest year in modern history and into 2017, it's important to create these #GOALS for ourselves. After all, you want to be the best possible version of you before we all get put into camps or die from a nuclear bomb blast, amiright?  I AM DEFINITELY RIGHT.  Make some #goals, buy yourself this #GOALS Mug ($18, Prep Obsessed), put it on your desk at work, and use it as a reminder to achieve some of those #goals this year, once and for all.   


Weekends are for Waffles Mug

During the week, your mornings are rushed.  You do everything standing up.  You take frantic sips of coffee as you're running around the house getting ready.  You inhale a bowl of oatmeal or whatever sludge you've decided passes as a healthy weekday breakfast (a fashionable green shake, anyone?).   

But on the weekends, all bets are off.  Two days a week, you (hopefully) get to wake up on your own, without an alarm.  You can wander to the gym, if you feel like it, or sit in bed and look at your phone for 45 minutes. You can luxuriate in making a real breakfast, one you don't get to have during the week.  Something delicious and unhealthy, like WAFFLES or Eggs Benedict.  Have endless cups of coffee in this Weekends are for Waffles Mug ($16, Nylon) and enjoy your morning, at least 2 days out of 7.  Shitty odds, but you gotta grab happiness wherever you can find it.  


The Tetris Effect

Even though Tetris was released over 30 years ago, judging by the sheer amount of people I see playing it on the subway in current day New York City, it's still got everyone hooked.  There's even an archival picture of Hillary Clinton playing it on a Gameboy that's been trotted around recently (it's no surprise to me that Hillz likes Tetris, a game in which you get satisfaction from putting bricks into orderly piles).  So if you know a Tetris devotee (or you ARE one) decades after it came out, you're probably just obsessed enough to want to dig into the game's backstory, which is expertly detailed in The Tetris Effect ($20, Amazon).  Enjoy, nerds.