11 Holiday Shopping Tips

11 Holiday Shopping Tips

Want to make sure you absolutely get the right gift?

’Tis the season, and with all of the holiday cheer comes no small amount of stressful shopping. But fear not! As daunting as shopping can be this time of year, there are a number of small tips and tricks to make your gift-hunting escapades as painless as possible.

1. Talk to your friends and family about gifts

One surefire way to make sure you’re on the right track is to openly ask friends and family about what they’d like to receive. This way, you’ll have an idea of what they’re interested in, and it may even open up other options for presents that you’d not considered!

2. Keep a list of gifts for your friends and family

Depending on how many people you have to shop for, it’s a good idea to keep a list of the gifts you’ve bought and the gifts you intend to buy. A list can keep you organized and keep you sane.

3. Keep an eye out for gifts that your friends and family might enjoy

Sometimes loved ones talk about things that they might enjoy as gifts. Maybe a relative keeps talking about a book they’d like to read? A younger sibling has expressed interest in a game? Keep an eye out for context clues, and you might just find the perfect gift.

4. Keep an eye on your friends and family

In fact, why not go a step further? Rather than just keep an eye out for context clues, just keep an eye on those close to you. They might subconsciously reveal what they want for Christmas. Don’t let them out of your sight!

5. Screen their mail

“Isn’t that illegal?” I hear you ask. Well, legality is nothing before finding the perfect gift! Screening your friends and family’s mail is a good way to both stay on the look out for gift ideas and to make sure that they didn’t accidentally buy your other loved ones the same gift you were planning! In fact, on that note…

6. Disconnect their internet!

Since online shopping is so popular, it’s not surprising that people tend to take advantage of sales and easy shipping online. Cut their access to the internet to prevent your dear ones from preventing you from giving the ultimate gift.

7. Slash their car tires

Just to be absolutely sure that your friends and family can’t accidentally buy the gift you were planning on giving them, you should probably just make sure that they can’t buy the wrong gift. Making sure they never leave the house is a great start!

8. Lock them in their homes

Let’s be reasonable here: the only way you can absolutely make sure they don’t buy the wrong thing is to make sure that they can’t buy anything, and the only way to ensure that is to make sure that they can never leave. Lock them in their homes to ensure that nothing can wrong.

9. Hit the stores early!

You might be busy kidnapping your friends and family and preventing them from contacting the outside world, but that’s no excuse for not getting your shopping done! Make sure to hit the shops early to avoid crowds! Besides, the faster you can get your shopping done, the faster you can keep an eye on your captiv…er, loved ones.

10. Ignore the sounds of their sobbing!

There’s nothing like the sound of crying to ruin the holiday spirit. Drown out their pitiful wails with the sounds of cheerful holiday tunes, like “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!” They’ll be sure to thank you someday.

11. Celebrate Christmas with the friendly doctors in white uniforms!

Wow, those nice folks in the spiffy uniforms sure are friendly! It’s a shame that they let your friends and family go, but look on the bright side: now you have a lot more free time to chat with the voices that no one else can hear!

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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3 Tips For Saying Goodbye For The Summer

When a few months feels like forever...


Summertime is wonderful! You get time out of school, you can do all these fun things you've been wanting to do, and you get to spend time with your friends. Sometimes, however, your friends have to go off for the summer. Whether they're visiting family, going on vacation for a while, or even just working all the time and not able to see you, it can be hard knowing that your friend isn't gonna be around during what's supposed to be the best time of the year. You know it's temporary, but it still stinks!

Well, I've had to do this a couple of times, so I know a thing or two about dealing with your friend being gone for the summer. I hope that these tips will help your friend feel a little bit closer and the wait seem a little bit shorter:

1. Set up a scheduled system of communication.


Call, text, email, snail mail, etc. You guys chose the easiest method of communication, and you stick to it. Knowing exactly when to expect a phone call means a lot when you miss someone. It may be difficult finding time that works for both people, but even a scheduled call one time a week is better than not even knowing when you're gonna hear from someone. You can even have a unique way to communicate. Do you like games? You can do multiplayer games online and spend time together that way. Are you old fashioned and like writing letter? Send them a letter to let them know how you are. We live in a world with so many methods of communication, so find which one helps you stay in touch.

2. Stay busy.


I have spent my fair share mopeing around, waiting for someone to call and hoping that they'd be back soon. That is the worst way to spend your time! Instead of wasting you summer waiting by the phone, go out and do something. Spend time with other friends, go to the beach, do anything you want! Don't waste your summer trying to make time go faster; it doesn't work. Do things that'll help get your mind off of your friend being gone. It'll get easier as time goes along, so make use of the time you have.

3. Don't hold it in.


Having your friend go off can be tough, especially if it's a person you're very close with. It's okay! You aren't being silly if you feel sad. Some people may even feel hurt, like they're being left behind. That's okay too! What isn't okay is bottling it up and not talking to someone about it. What isn't okay is taking that fear and frustration out on other people, especially the friend that's gone. Talk to someone about it. Write some journal entries about how you're feeling. Don't sit around feeling sad and lonely and left behind. Get out of your own head and realize that everything will be okay. They didn't leave you behind, you're not gonna be sad forever, and everything will be okay.

Well, I hope you have a good summer! Yeah, that person has left, but they'll be back soon. Just live your summer day by day, and they'll be back before you know it!

Good luck!

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