11 Meaningful Gifts Guys Wish They'd Received For Christmas

11 Meaningful Gifts Guys Wish They'd Received For Christmas

Some guys just wish there were other things that they received under the mistletoe but didn't get.

Christmas has come and gone, the gifts have been opened, the celebration and cheer have spread around, and there's plenty of joy regarding this time of year. New Year's has come too, and that too is another time for celebration and enjoyment. For some guys, though, they ring it in differently, whether it's by enjoying family time, alone time, being with friends, going on vacation, or enjoying college football bowl season. And while they're happy with what they received, some guys just wish there were other things that they received under the mistletoe but didn't get.

1. The late family member

Not all guys have the blessing to be with family during the holiday season. Perhaps he lost a parent or a sibling or relative whom he always had a great time with, and he can no longer experience that joy because that family member isn't there to share the moment.

2. A significant other

There are a number of guys who are single during the holiday season, whether it was by choice or if they just weren't successful in their attempt to woo a beautiful woman. For those who actually tried but fail, they wish they had one because they notice those around them happily enjoying the time with their significant other. This guy doesn't want to be jealous of his friends any longer so he tries to get one for himself and to avoid the shame he puts on himself from his friends having girlfriends.

3. A sexy body

The holidays are a time for enjoying food, for sure, but some of the guys have a hard time keeping it off. He wants to so bad, since he knows what it means for him to feel and look confident in himself.

4. Better grades

Not every guy has a 4.0 GPA, but for some guys, they kick themselves for not doing better even if they still did great. They strive for a top-notch grade and to be at the top, and this is one of the ways they do it.

5. Hangout time with friends

Family is always great to spend time with during the holidays, but every guy wants to be able to see friends during the holidays too.

6. Unlimited confidence

(Refer to 2.) As we know, confidence is something that you typically "have" or "don't have" although it can be built up / replenished. Some guys enter the holiday season without confidence for various reasons. Perhaps they've felt shamed for things they did at school, they performed less then ideal in academics, or they don't feel comfortable confiding in family any longer, but whatever the struggle is, it eats away at the guy's confidence. He wants to be confident just like every girl likes a guy to be. He wishes he didn't have to second-guess or be forced to rethink especially big decisions he wants to make. He wishes that he wasn't listening to all these different voices in his head telling him multiple different things.

7. Conflict-free life

Guys grow tired of constantly having fight scenes in their head (especially regarding people they go to school with), and it affects them emotionally and socially. In their minds, there is conflict regarding their male friends, or the conflict is about girls/dating. They're afraid to open up about it too because they're afraid of receiving shame about their struggles. They just want to be able to feel free to open up without that shame.

8. The ability to love AND protect people the right way

Guys are supposedly supposed to be 'protectors' based on societal gender roles, but from time to time, when some guys offer to be protective, they get shut down for a reason that they will never fully understand. They then start to feel like they can never truly love people because of it. They feel unappreciated, and then feel like they shouldn't care even though their instinct is to care.

9. Chivalry handbook

(Refer to 8.) Guys are already extremely critical of themselves for their behavior just like girls are. They will question themselves on how well they treat the ladies in their life, and when they don't treat them as well as they would like, or they feel like they're being deprived of the opportunity to treat the women in their lives right, they get angry at themselves for not being better. They want to truly know AND understand what women like in regards to being a gentleman/being chivalrous/treating women right, but they are confused since they don't fully know or understand.

10. The ability to keep going

No guy ever wants to crumble, fold, or give up.

11. God

Guys struggle with being able to trust in where their lives are headed, and they don't know where to turn. They struggle with that faith, addiction, or whatever it may be, but they just want to find a way to confide comfortably in spite of all their struggles, and God is the one who does that.

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5 Reasons Why Your Siblings Are Your Lifeline During the Holidays

The holiday season can get stressful but no worries because your siblings will be by your side to help you get though it.

The holidays are a time when you get together with the whole family. No matter if you're related or not when you get a good amount of people together for any amount of time there is bound to be a fight and personality clashes. In the holiday season, stress levels are high which makes for an, even more, trickier situation and sometimes you just need someone who knows what you are going through and can relate. My twin brother is the one who keeps me sane during my time at home at the holidays and I am sure your sibling is too and here's how...

1. They are the ones who know to save you a seat at the Christmas dinner table.

So that you don't have to sit by anyone you might not want to sit by.

2. They can always save you when your family members keep asking your significant other (or lack of) and you just can't take it anymore.

3. They can be you're best friend when you're back home and off your normal college schedule.

4. They can help you shop for family Christmas gifts so that you don't have to do it all on your own.

5. They are there to annoy you because at the end of the day they are your sibling and that's their job.

It is the best time of the year and being with family is great but when the season greetings become too much to handle on your own you can always count on your siblings to help you get through it or at least where you don't have to suffer through it on your own. So, give your siblings an extra hug this holiday season and be grateful you don't have to go through this crazy world alone.

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10 Perks Of Staying At School Instead Of Going Home For Break

Sometimes, college is just more fun.

Caution- I'm about to present a viewpoint that many college kids will detest and disagree with.

Alright, here it is... I don't like going on breaks from school.

*Gasps arise from audience, desks are flipped, people storm out of rooms, someone has a heart attack*

Yes, yes, I know it's not a popular opinion to have, especially considering how much we all want to be done with our schooling for life and just move into our careers already. I get it- breaks provide a way for students to relieve stress for awhile and relax from the constant pressures of taking exams and writing papers. Now, please don't get me wrong, I value taking a rest just as much as the next average college Joe does.

HOWEVER, there are some aspects of being at school that I believe every student needs deep down that we just don't receive when we come back home and do nothing for three weeks. **Disclaimer, this viewpoint does not apply to those of you that actually did something productive with your lives over break. Props to you, an inspiration to us all.** Nevertheless, for those of us who spent our winter vacations as couch potatoes, eating our body weight in cookies every day, here are ten, very valid reasons why being at school can be better than being at home.

1. You, guaranteed, won't get bored.

Hmm, spend the whole day lying on the couch watching Hallmark movie specials and slowly slipping into insanity or go out with your friends and do something fun around campus? Tough one...

2. You will actually have friends.

Chances are, if you go out of state to college, your friends all live in different parts of the country... making you alone and sad over every break. No thanks.

3. Your time is your own.

During the holidays, there are so many family responsibilities and things that have been planned for you, there's not a lot of time to spend doing what you'd like to do. At college, you can take a 5-hour nap, go out with your friends, or stay in the dorm and have a personal spa night. No one can stop you!

4. You'll have a somewhat-decent sleep schedule.

Going on break is the worst because you grow acclimated to waking up at certain times for class or work, which is all put on hold when you go home for a month. You get used to sleeping in until 3 PM and staying up watching Netflix until 5 AM. It's a brutal awakening whenever you do go back.

5. Back up, you'll actually have a schedule and a routine in the first place.

Those of us who value routine and keeping ourselves busy go absolutely insane over breaks. At school, we have our whole days planned out and a set routine that keeps us active. At home, we have uh... none of that.

6. You won't have to deal with crazy family drama.

If you have a big family and lots of people visiting for the holidays, you know how stressful everyone gets and the tension that builds over those weeks. Wouldn't it be nice if instead of hiding in your room to get away from Aunt Mildred's questions about why you don't have a job or a boyfriend yet, you didn't have to worry about any of that?

7. You'll have constant activities and events to look forward to.

I mean, yeah, Christmas is cool and New Year's can be fun, but those are the only highlights of winter vacation. In between, you're doing a lot of lying around and staring at the ceiling or your phone screen. Staying at school means you will always have events to look forward to, whether it's games, socials, parties, or even just hangouts with your friends.

8. You won't eat everything in the fridge.

The holidays have a tendency to add a few pounds onto all of us, especially if you indulge in Christmas cookies more than the average person (@me). Frequent trips to the kitchen can be avoided if you just stayed at school and kept up with the gym routine.

9. You only have to do chores for yourself.

When college kids come home, many of us are automatically brought into the weekly chores schedule... meaning folding laundry for 5 people, instead of one. Wouldn't it be great to just have to worry about cleaning up your own messes?

10. You have your own space.

Over the holidays, many of us are under obligation to spend time with the family or room with relatives to ensure everyone fits. There's not a lot of personal space or time. Staying at school means getting to go back to your dorm whenever you want and being able to plop onto bed and do nothing for hours if you so desire. It's absolutely beautiful.

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