7 Gifts You Should Definitely NOT Get Your Boyfriend For Christmas

7 Gifts You Should Definitely NOT Get Your Boyfriend For Christmas

Let's put an end to basic gift-giving.

Christmas is approaching extremely quickly and the pressure to buy amazing gifts for your significant other is increasing dramatically. It may be super tempting to get some generic, easy presents but what makes the holidays special is personalized gift-giving, making that person feel truly loved and special. So here is a list of gifts to avoid when you're brainstorming some ideas.

1. Candles

This applies to both significant others and basically everyone else. It's the most generic gift you could get anyone, yet everyone has different scent preferences, so they probably won't be lighting them up anyway.

2. Anything for yourself

Yes, I am referencing lingerie, and although it could be a win-win situation, that is not what the holidays are about. It's about showing love in a different kind of way; a sentimental gift with a personal touch. Anyway, he can get that stuff for you...

3. Gift cards

When you spend so much time with someone, as you do with a significant other, you should know enough about him to buy an actual item... unless of course, they ask for one, but even then I don't think it's a good idea.

4. Fancy/expensive clothing

I have two reasons for this: 1.) guys can be very picky about their clothes and to spend a lot of money on nice clothing can be a major risk, and 2.) boys are messy and there is a pretty good chance he will spill something. However, this doesn't mean that you can't buy some nice accessories like sunglasses or a wallet.

5. An old video game

Make sure you are getting the latest version of a video game you know that he wants. Nothing is worse than looking like the girl who knows nothing about something he loves. Do yourself a favor and ask the cashier at your local GameStop for some help if you need to.

6. Stuffed animals

This is definitely more of a middle-school-valentines-day type gift. While some people might be totally into it at first, most adult people don't decorate their homes with stuffed animals, so there is really no use for them; he's already got you to snuggle with.

7. A framed picture of you two

Christmas is the time to spoil your boyfriend, not lament on your relationship. That's what anniversaries and Valentine's day are for. While it may be super cute, there are many different ways to express your love.

If you're in serious doubt, just ask your man what he wants, and you'll know he will be happy. Then you can expand off of that one gift and find something that will really surprise him.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

Psalm 34:1

The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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What Christmas Means To Me: An Atypical Prayer

You are where my life began and continues to grow, and the love is always unconditional, never ending, and felt as soon as you walk in the door.

This last Christmas, my grandfather gave me the opportunity to write the grace and prayer that is read before Christmas Dinner. Though it may not sound much like a typical prayer or a traditional grace, it sounded a little something like this:

"When I think of Christmas, I think of this moment right here. The one where we are all gathered together, bound together by love in a place where so many memories have been made. It’s the time that we get to spend together that makes Christmas so special, not the presents, not the food (though it is delicious and I’ll never say no to another one of Grandma’s cookies), but instead the bond that we continue to strengthen each and every year when we come together.

So this Christmas, I am thankful to be surrounded by a family that loves me. As I said in an article of mine that came out earlier this week, “never is the love in my house one-sided”, and that rings true here today. God has given us this holiday not only to celebrate Christ’s birth but also to remind us that the love of this family is never one-sided. It reminds us how special this family is, and how lucky we are to have one another.

I could not ask for better people to have in my life. I could not ask for better grandparents to teach me so many life lessons and to be there whenever I needed someone to turn to, parents that raised me into the strong, independent, and loving young woman that I am today, and a sister that I’ve become so much closer to this year and am proud to call my best friend. I could not ask for a better aunt and uncle that have never failed to make me feel loved and are always there to support me in everything that I do, and cousins that always take time to make sure I’m ok and give life advice that has helped shape who I am as I grow up. I could not ask for better little boys to be my little boys and bring joy and laughter to my life, and a dog that makes me happy to come home and I can always count on for kisses.

Christmas is my favorite holiday, but not for the reasons many people may think. It’s not because of the presents, or the cookies (though I do love them so please make as many as you can Grandma), but because of the love, I get to experience on this day. Family is where life starts and the love never ends, and in this family, this rings true. You are where my life began and continues to grow, and the love is always unconditional, never-ending, and felt as soon as you walk in the door.

Merry Christmas, I love you all with all my heart."

Christmas may be over, but the words in this prayer still ring true. Though people change and every holiday is different in its own way, these words will forever ring true.

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