Holiday Gifts For The Patriots Lover In Your Life

Holiday Gifts For The Patriots Lover In Your Life

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The holiday season is approaching fast. and choosing a gift for someone nowadays has become increasingly harder. In a society where we all require instant gratification when we have our eye on something, most people don’t have a list of desired gifts ready to go. However, it is much easier to choose a gift for someone when you know they like something specific. Here in New England, our beloved Patriots have had an incredible season so far. Long Sunday nights spent cheering on the GOAT (Tom Brady) requires some gear to show your support. No Matter if you’re buying for a man, woman or child, I’m sure the Patriots fan in your life would love to receive any of the gifts below during this holiday season!



1. A Patriots "Ugly" Holiday Sweater

Check out these:

http://www.fansedge.com/New_England_Patriots_Merchandise/Klew_Tom_Brady_New_England_Patriots_Navy_Name_And_Number_Ugly_Sweater

http://store.barstoolsports.com/products/all-i-want-for-christmas-navy-sweatshirt

http://store.barstoolsports.com/products/all-i-want-for-hanukkah-light-blue-sweatshirt

2. Winter Hats to Match Your Favorite Players



Check out these:

http://www.nflshop.com/New_England_Patriots_Hats/Mens_New_England_Patriots_New_Era_Navy_Blue_Biggest_Fan_Redux_Knit_Beanie

http://www.nflshop.com/New_England_Patriots_Hats/Mens_New_England_Patriots_New_Era_Navy_2015_On_Field_Classic_Sport_Knit_Hat

http://www.nflshop.com/catalog/product/Mens_New_England_Patriots_New_Era_Navy_Retro_Chill_Cuffed_Knit_Hat_with_Pom

3. Deflategate Hate #FreeBrady

More here:

http://store.barstoolsports.com/products/vindicated-navy-tee

http://store.barstoolsports.com/products/the-northeast-remembers-tee

http://store.barstoolsports.com/products/vs-everybody-navy-tee

http://store.barstoolsports.com/products/free-brady-navy-tee

https://www.etsy.com/listing/245837403/deflate-these-t-shirt-pats-deflategate?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_e-clothing-unisex_adult_clothing-tops_and_tees&utm_custom1=475d0543-45fa-36a9-737e-0000676bf4b1&gclid=CJOh9fS0mskCFdgJgQodBY0FzA

4. Throwback Jerseys

Find more here:

http://www.nflshop.com/New_England_Patriots_Gear/Mens_New_England_Patriots_Drew_Bledsoe_Mitchell_And_Ness_Royal_Retired_Player_Replica_Jersey?p_src=dti

https://proshop.patriots.com/p/nike-tom-brady-12-throwback-game-jerseyred/pid/36463/sdid/149/pdid/106/

5. Patriots Memorabilia

More like these:

http://www.wayfair.com/Legends-Never-Die-2014-Patriots-Champs-Framed-Memorabilia-11822U-L1318-K~FROW1380.html?refid=GX64116243900-FROW1380&device=c&ptid=99033613020&gclid=COnG6Y2XoskCFQokHwodZeYE6Q

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=50625796&camp=CSE:GooglePLA:50625796:19820186:LICENSED&CAGPSPN=pla&CAWELAID=120138600002387264&catargetid=120138600003839566&cadevice=c

http://www.fanatics.com/league/NFL/team/New_Englan...

6. And, of course, Ugg moccasins to match our favorite QB.

Check 'em out here:

http://www.uggaustralia.com/women/sporty/men-loungewear-look-two.html#q=moccasins&start=3&cgid=

http://www.uggaustralia.com/womens-slippers/dakota/5612.html?dwvar_5612_color=BLK#q=moccasins&start=1&cgid

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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The First Time My Mistakes No Longer Controlled My Life

Mistakes suck, and though I've conquered a few, I'm still learning.

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The whistle blows as the team cheers on.

My heart pounds as if it will burst out of my chest at any given moment and I taste the salty sweat trickling down my face. I must serve over the net, I must get it in, I must ace my opponent or I will fail. Fear.

In his first inaugural speech, President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously stated, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Such a statement proves powerful to the matured minds of society; however, in the minds of some adolescents, this declaration appears somewhat foolish, as numerous "threats" ignite fear, thus causing teens to grow anxious.

A major cause for fear in the rising generation takes form in failure. In the eyes of these people, making a simple mistake paves the way towards absolute failure; therefore, perfectionists constantly walk on eggshells attempting to do the impossible: avoid human error. This mentality gives way to constant stress and overall disappointment, as perfection does not apply to human beings. If one can come to the realization that not one person can attain perfection, they can choose to live life in ease, for they no longer have to apply constant pressure upon themselves to master excellence. The fear of failure will no longer encumber their existence, and they can overcome situations that initially brought great anxiety. I too once put great pressure on myself to maintain perfection, and as a result, felt constantly burdened by my mistakes. However, when I realized the inevitability of those mistakes, it opened the door for great opportunities. The first time I recognized that failure serves as a tool for growth allowed me to no longer fear my mistakes, and instead utilize them for my own personal growth.

The whistle blows as the team cheers on. My heart pounds as if it will burst out of my chest at any given moment, and I taste the salty sweat trickling down my face. I must serve over the net, I must get it in, I must ace my opponent. As hard as I try, I fail; as the ball flies straight into the net and thuds obnoxiously onto the gym floor, so does my confidence. I feel utter defeat, as I know my fate. My eyes water as my coach immediately pulls me from the game, sits me on the bench, and tells me to "get my head into the game" instead of dwindling on past errors. From then on I rarely step foot on the court, and instead, ride the bench for the remainder of the season. I feel defeated. However, life does not end, and much to my surprise, this mistake does not cause failure in every aspect of my life. Over time, I gradually realize that life does not end just because of failure. Instead, mistakes and failure pave the way toward emotional development and allows one to build character. In recognizing that simple slip-ups do not lead to utter failure, I gain perspective: one's single mistake does not cause their final downfall. Thus, this epiphany allowed for my mental growth and led me to overcome once challenging obstacles.

Instead of viewing mistakes as burdens, one should utilize them as motivation for future endeavors. The lesson proves simple: all can learn from their mistakes. However, it is a matter of choosing to learn from these mistakes that decide one's future growth. Instead of pushing faults away, I now acknowledge them in order to progress. Before coming to such a realization, I constantly "played it safe" in sports, fearing that giving my best effort would lead to greater error. I did not try, and as a result, I rarely failed.

Although such a mentality brought forth limited loss in terms of overall team success, it also brought forth limited, individual success. Today, fear of failure no longer controls life on the court. I use my mistakes as motivation to get better; instead of dwindling on an error made five minutes prior, I focus on the form needed to correct it. As a result, skills will constantly improve, instead of regress. Thus, errors serve as blessings, as it is through these errors in which one can possess the motivation to better themselves.

For some, fear acts as an ever-present force that controls every aspect of life. In particular, the fear of failure encumbers perfectionists, as the mere thought of failing causes great anxieties. In the past, I have fell victim to the fear of committing a mistake, and as a result, could not go through life without feeling an overwhelming sense of defeat. However, in a moment of what appeared to be a great failure, I finally recognized that life does not end due to one mistake, let alone one million. Instead, mistakes pave the way toward personal development and provide essential motivation to succeed in everyday life. Without mistakes, it proves difficult to grow in character. One must first learn to accept their faults before they can appreciate their best qualities. Thus, the fear of failure inhibits the growth of an individual; therefore, all must come to the realization that essentialness of mistakes, as they allow for the further development of overall character.

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