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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5 Reasons Why Black People Are Still Broke

Change needs to come.
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According to statistics from The State of Working America, African Americans made up about 12 percent of the population in the United States in 2015. They are also among the poorest races, with 27.5 percent of them living in poverty.

What's even more disturbing is that 45.6 percent of black children aged 6 and under live in poverty.

Essentially every other black kindergarten student is living in a home where the income is below what the government sees as necessary to live. Unfortunately, this trend continues for generations of black people and I believe that I know five important reasons as to why this race is so impoverished.

1. Black people spend more money than they make.

African Americans over the age of 18 make up 39 percent of Master Card holders. Of that 39 percent, many spend their limit monthly and seldom have the money to pay the balance in full at the end of the month. Essentially black people are spending money that they don't have and won't have at the end of the month. This trend of building never-ending debt is partially why their poverty numbers are so high.

2. Black people don't support black businesses.

Every race with the exception of black people seems to support the businesses of their own. Being an entrepreneur is one of the most popular ways to make high residual income. Black people buy products from brands such as Jordan, Louis Vuitton, and Ralph Lauren at an alarming rate.

The prices of these brands are very expensive, however, those same black people would cringe at the thought of paying $20 for a black-owned clothing product saying, "It's too expensive."

The question here would be is the product too expensive or not "renowned enough?"

3. Black people don't save their money.

As soon as black people get a huge chunk of money or their tax refund it appears that they all flock to the nearest high-end fashion spot to splurge. Seldom do black people save their funds or invest them into things that will last or that could make them more money down the line.

According to The State of Working America, black people spend 4 percent more money annually than any other race despite the fact that they are the least represented race and the race that lives in poverty at the highest rate. There's a clear problem, so read that sentence again and let it marinate.

4. Black people don't know how to invest.

If you ask many black people aged 18-25 it should not come as a surprise that investing in stocks or buying bonds is a foreign concept. Many young black people work and spend their money on items that either decrease in value after being bought or are not sustainable. Cars and sneakers are prime examples of such things.

5. Black people aren't working toward getting out of poverty.

Even after reading this article there are many black people that will not work towards changing their situation. After centuries of slavery, black people must realize that they are behind with regards to having generational wealth.

Black people must fight to create the wealth where they will have trust funds for their children or wealth that can be passed down. Too many black people tend to only worry about themselves and the money that they have in the moment. As a race, black people need to build for the future and get out of that mindset of the now.

Wealth is not everything, however, it has been proven that with it, you get better educational opportunities and a better environment for children to develop and go on to become well-functioning members of society. There are the Jay-Z's and P. Diddy's of the world but they are far and few in comparison with how most black people live.

Change needs to come, black people, this is something we have control over so no more excuses.

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10 Reasons Why Having A Boyfriend Is Especially Awesome Around The Holidays

No better time of the year than Winter break to make all the memories with your honey freezing in the weather or sweating by the fireplace.

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A date for looking at Christmas lights is on the top of the list, for sure.

1. You have someone to do all of the activities with

He's like your built-in partner for everything. Wanna watch a movie? Take a nap? Need someone to help you clean your room? You've got your person.

2. You can steal his hoodies when its chilly outside

It doesn't even have to be cold for you to want to. Chances are its a size or two bigger than you need and his cologne is all over it.

3. Chances are he's more willing to drive in the snow than you are 

Guys typically have a little more of a heavy duty vehicle. If you've got a good man, he might even rescue you an hour away in a blizzard if you think you're tougher than the weather.

4. Christmas movie partner!!

Do I need to add more?

5. He can always keep you warm

Bear hugs. Cuddles. His trucks dual air 90 degree heat on your side. He'll find a way to keep you warm.

6. Your family holiday events partner

Multiple Thanksgivings and Christmas' are a breeze with your favorite person by your side. Plus, no one to ask you where your plus one is or why you're single.

7. Matching Christmas pajamas

I don't know about you, but my family has matching Christmas jammies every year. You can even get your favorite person in on them too for a cute insta picture.

8. Your errand running partner

He's your built-in Christmas shopping partner so you aren't bored standing in line forever or while you're still shopping and he can act as your place holder.

9. You aren't the only single one in your family on Christmas Eve anymore. 

It's awkward when all of your siblings are taking pictures with their others, but when you've found your person, you can do all the same things, including looking forward to your new year's kiss.

10. Making more memories

No better time of the year than Winter break to make all the memories with your honey freezing in the weather or sweating by the fireplace.

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