8 Mom And Dad Christmas Gift Ideas Even The MOST Picky Parent Will Love

8 Mom And Dad Christmas Gift Ideas Even The MOST Picky Parent Will Love

Parents seem to be the most difficult people to shop for these days.

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With Christmas on the horizon and Black Friday in our past, it is time to start buying gifts to those you love the most. Out of everyone I shop for, my parents are the hardest to shop for.

With these ideas, hopefully, it becomes less difficult for you.

1. Amazon Alexa or Echo Dot 

My whole family lives by our Alexa's and Echo's. When I'm in my room my mom can call my echo from her echo in her room across the house and ask me a question. They can create shopping lists, tell you the weather, read your daily schedule, and much more. This is perfect for the family that is always running around and just need another form to run their busy schedule.

2. A Netflix or Hulu Subscription 

As a college student, I pay for Netflix and Hulu so I can watch my movies and regular TV shows without having to purchase a TV. With that being said, My parents have acquired my password on the home TV and every so often I get a pop-up screen telling me I cannot watch due to others being on the account.

So getting them their own Netflix account, even if It is for one tv at a time, would be a lifesaver for not only your parents but yourself.

3. A winery or beer tasting tour 

Every parent needs a drink after dealing with their children day in and day out. I know my parents would love to have a getaway to a beautiful winery, away from us nagging teenagers.

These tours can range from $5 and up, but its so worth the extra pennies. Not to mention the beautiful views.

4. Concert tickets

I know my parents would love to go to a concert or any event of that matter without dragging my sister and brother along. A date night that's not just to their favorite food spot would make them so appreciative.

They take care of us every day, even when we're being little jerks. They deserve a night to themselves drinking, singing and dancing without us there watching their every move.

5. A nice bottle of wine or liquor 

For my parents anniversary, I got my parents a bottle of their favorite Prosecco. Getting them their favorite alcohol will bring them happiness, and maybe they'll share with you.

6. A gift card to anywhere 

If you really cannot decide what to get them our you cannot decide on one single item, a gift card is always the way to go. They can pick out anything they want and there's no way that they can't like it because they picked it out.

7. Sports team gear

Professional sports team gear can get expensive. So buying it for random reasons, does not make sense. What better day to buy your dad the Saquon Barkley jersey then Christmas.

8. New home appliances

Although some parents might not like this, a new Kitchenaid mixer or a new coffee machine would be amazing to get in my eyes.

Although it's not the most sought after gift, it will remind them of you for years to come when they use it every day.

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10 Make-Up Dupes That Won't Break The Bank

Beauty on a budget for the struggling college student
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Every twenty-something make-up enthusiast will tell you how expensive their addiction can be. I mean let's face it, when you're a broke college student spending $54 on Urban Decay's latest edition to the Naked series will decide whether you eat or not this week. That"s why I've composed the ultimate guide to maximize your savings on every beauty product from contouring to eye shadow! At the end of the day, having the premier brands in your make-up bag is pretty satisfying, but so is having money in your bank account. What most girls don't know is that nearly every premier product has an equally useful dupe for nearly half the price!

1. Kylie's Lip Kits VS. Colour Pop

I recently purchased Kylie Jenner's Lip Kit in Dolce K, and I will admit that my love for it is greater than any other item in my makeup bag at the moment; however, after fighting to purchase it before it sold out (in only 8 minutes), and paying for shipping I can promise you the hassle isn't worth the price. $30 for the kit and somewhere around $10 for shipping and handling compared to ColourPop's $10 dupes leaves you with an extra $30! ColourPop has copycats of KJ's best sellers: Dolce K, Candy K and True Brown. Each one is equally as pigmented and long lasting.

Buy Colour Pop on Amazon for $10.49.

2. Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer VS. Hard Candy Glamouflage

Kat Von D's makeup line is famous for its maximum coverage, specifically her concealer which retails for $35. It is known for its ability to cover up tattoos due to its high pigmentation. However, Hard Candy's Glamouflage is just as effective. You can find it on Amazon for less than $14 that's a savings of over $21!

Buy Glamouflage on Amazon for $13.94.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade VS. NYX Pomade

Hands down my favorite makeup collection is the Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow line, but we all know how pricey she can get. Her brow pomade sells for $18 in most stores. When it comes to ultimate savings, NYX never fails. I genuinely love each and every product they sell! Their brow dip retails for only $6.97 leaving you with an extra $11 in the bank!

Buy NYX Pomade on Amazon for $6.97.

4. Kat Von D Countour Pallete VS. NYX Contour Palette

I love love love a good contouring palette! Especially KVD's! I loved it down to the last little bit in the kit, but it cost me a hefty $46. I now use NYX's 8-shade palette, and it only cost me $15.99. This is one of my favorite products NYX has to offer, and it will save you $30!

Buy a NYX Contour Palette on Amazon for $15.99.

5. Urban Decay's Naked Palettes VS. Make Up Academy's Nude Shadows

Now, when it comes to eye shadows I believe spending the extra money to get the real deal is almost always worth it! Just because finding an affordable alternative with an equally strong pigmentation is pretty hard! UD's Naked palette retails for around $54, and MUA offers a similar one for only $10. You can find it at any CVS. Saving you $44!

6. Estee Lauder Double Wear VS. Revlon 24hr Color Stay

Foundation is another thing that I prefer investing the money in, but that is just personal preference. Estee Lauder's Double wear foundation has amazing coverage and doesn't leave that oily look after 2 hours. It sells for $46. When it comes to buying a cheaper foundation, you can never go wrong with any of Revlon's foundations. Their 24Hr Color Stay gives you long lasting coverage all day long for only $12.99. Saving you $33!

Buy Revlon 24hr Color Stay for $12.99 on Amazon.

7. Stila Liquid Eyeliner Pen VS. E.L.F. Eyeliner Pen

Stilla sells their liquid eyeliner pen in nearly any shade you can think of for $20 a piece. However, you can execute the perfect winged liner with E.l.f's version for a mere $6!!! On occasion, I splurge for the fancy eyeliner but I go back to using E.l.f.'s eyeliners, not just the pen but the pot and bottled versions as well! Super cheap and useful, you can never beat $6, leaving you with a savings of $14!

Buy an E.L.F. Eyeliner Pen on Amazon for $6.

8. Urban Decay Primer Potion VS. Milani Eye Shadow Primer

Urban Decay sells the ultimate eye shadow primer that can assure you your makeup will stay on through any long night of bar hopping you may have planned. I have gone swimming with it on and my eye makeup didn't smudge one bit! But Milani sells a version that will also get the job done for only $6.49 compared to $20. You're left with savings of $13.51!


9. MAC Powder Foundation VS. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

Every girl knows MAC is the hub for makeup enthusiast everywhere but they also know how ridiculously expensive their products are. Their powder compact retails for $27 and while I admit that it's nice, Rimmel sells their powder compact at the low, low price of $4! I love this product so much I keep it in my purse for quick touch ups through out the night! Saving you $23!

Buy Rimmel Stay Matte Powder on Amazon for $3.77.

10. Urban Decay Setting Spray VS. L'Oreal Setting Spray

The last thing you should do when applying your makeup should be to top it off with some setting spray! Everyone knows as far as premier brands go Urban Decay is by far the best one, retailing for $30. However, I really love L'oreal's setting spray as a cheap alternative! It only cost $13 on Amazon and it gets the job done. You save $17 on this swap!

Buy L'Oreal Setting Spray on Amazon for $12.98.

Being broke and loving makeup can be a big problem, especially if you find that you're broke because well... you really, really love makeup. But don't let insufficient funds get you down, there are plenty of products out their that have equally effective and affordable counterparts, you just need to know where to look! Stay beautiful!

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.

Ty


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"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

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