The 10 Stages Of Holiday Shopping, As Told By 'Grey's Anatomy'

The 10 Stages Of Holiday Shopping, As Told By 'Grey's Anatomy'

Meredith Grey knows the deal.

We've all been there...

1. When you first see the list of all the people you have to buy for.

Y'know when you really can't find anything you just want to hit your head off the shelf? Yeah exactly what I'm talking about.

2. When you show up to the store and what you wanted to buy your bestie is sold out.

And then you die a little bit on the inside because you have literally no idea what to get now.

3. When you find the perfect gift for someone.

And suddenly you don't want to hit your head off a shelf anymore!

4. When you see something you like for someone but you like it too much so you contemplate buying it for yourself.

Guilty as charged.

5. When you see a whole rack of things but nothing looks appealing.

Yeahhhhhh time to head home.

6. When you find a gift so perfect for someone you never wanna let it out of your sight.

7. When you've been at the store way too long you know the employees by their names.

Yeahhhh it's time to go.

8. When you see something perfect but it's way too expensive.

9. When you realize you've been at the store for well over four hours.

10. When you finally finish.

Best feeling ever.

Cover Image Credit: ABC

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Yes, I Have 2 PopSockets And Yes, It's A Way Of Life

Pop, sock, and drop it

I have been a follower of the PopSocket trend for almost two years. I have to say, and I'm not just being dramatic, it has changed my life. However, I've only had one until Christmas, and let me say, two is better than one.

I know what you're thinking, "Why in the world do you need two PopSockets?"

Well, here's the story:

I have always had a PopSocket on my phone. Since I first got one, I haven't been without one for longer than a week because I didn't like the feeling of not having one. My friends and family know how obsessed I am with them. Because of this, both my mom and best friend got me a new one for Christmas. Rather than picking just one to use, I thought, "Why not use both?" My plan was to use the both of them for a week or so and then take one of them off, but after a week had passed, I realized the many, many benefits of having 2 PopSockets.

Why is two better than one?

Having two PopSockets gives you a better stability when it comes to taking a selfie, making a phone call, or even just holding it. If you're anything like myself, you're probably known for being clumsy and dropping your phone basically anywhere you go and any chance you get.

Having one PopSocket already gives you a better chance of not dropping your phone in a rain puddle, but imagine how much greater the chance of not dropping your phone would be if you had two PopSockets?

With TWO PopSockets, the ability to prop my phone up has been expanded. With one PopSocket, my options are limited. I can either prop my phone up and down, or on its side. However, with two, I am able to do both. One is great for FaceTime and checking texts, emails, and social media. The other is great for YouTube videos, Netflix, and phone calls. Why settle for one when you can have two?

While doing some research for this article, I found out that PopSockets donate 10% of their online net proceeds and 10,000 PopSockets to support the people fighting Parkinson's Disease, as apart of their Do Good initiative.

As if I didn't love PopSockets enough, their support of Parkinson's Disease makes me proud to use my 2 PopSockets with confidence.

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15 Gifts You Must Buy For Your Parents In 2018

Whether you will be home for the holidays or not, you can't forget about the most important people in your life!


So, normally your parents are scrambling around trying to find gifts for you. After all their hard work of trying to find you presents you need to thank them especially around the holidays when stores are packed and everyone is fighting for that last parking spot at the mall.

You don't have to go further than your computer and sign onto Amazon because let's face it, we don't want to be running around especially if your holiday break has just begun!

1. Alexa


Sick of seeing everyone's Instagram captions saying "Alexa play ___ song," I know we all are! While our parents may not be very tech-savvy they will appreciate telling Alexa to add some items to the grocery list or set reminders for them while they are doing 6 other things in the house as well.

There are multiple colors to choose from as well!

Find one on Amazon for $99.99

2. Electronic picture frames


Whether your parents will admit it over the phone while you are away at school or not, they miss you. The best present you can get them to remind them of all the fun times you have shared together is an electronic picture frame. My suggestion is to order it to somewhere you will be and open it and fill it with photos so then they will turn it on and it will already have your memories there!

Get one on Amazon for $79.99

3. Coffee Mugs


There is nothing better than waking up every morning and going to grab a nice cup of coffee to start your day. Sick of seeing those boring white and black coffee mugs in your dishwasher every week? Spice things up for your parents and get them some colorful ones and every time they pick one up they will remember that you bought the set for them to bring some color to their mornings!

Find a set on Amazon for $26.95

4. Tile Key and Phone Finder


We aren't always there to pay attention to where our parents drop their keys when running in the house. The constant scramble as to where on Earth they put them especially when they are in a rush is always a pain. With a tile key finder, your parents won't have to worry when they misplace their keys or even their phone.

Get one on Amazon for $39.95

5. 23 and Me


Time to go down memory lane! Grab this kit and send it off to their headquarters and in weeks you will find out where your roots are from.

Grab a kit on Amazon for $99.00

6. Cookbook


Treat your parents to some TLC! Get one of the latest cookbooks for them so they can plan out their weeknight meals in advance and try some new foods!

Find one on Amazon for $14.95

7. Wine scented soaps


You're probably reading this and thinking there is no way someone can enjoy a wine scented soap. Well, there are some handcrafted soaps that are scented like wine and it is definitely a nice change from your everyday soap or body wash.

Get some on Amazon for $7.50

8. Bluetooth speaker


So maybe the Alexa is too high tech for your parents. Get them a Bluetooth speaker so they can turn on some tunes while doing things around the house or even just relaxing.

Find one on Amazon for $28.99

9. College Memorabilia


Your parents miss college. What more could they want then something to remind them of their time back when their only worry was what to eat for the next meal.

Find some memorabilia like this phone case on Amazon for $24.99

10. Essential Oils


Everyone needs some zen in their lives. Get this 6-pack of essential oils and learn about the background as to how these oils will help you find yourself and calm down.

Get this on Amazon for $14.95

11. Disposable Coffee Cups


Are your parents always on the move? Get these coffee cups for them in any color that is offered to help them have their coffee or tea on the go!

Find a pack on Amazon for $29.50

12. Tempurpedic Pillows


There is nothing more that your parents look forward to other than climbing into bed after a long day. Get them a comfortable pillow that will mold to their head and neck and they will have no complaints and sleep through the night!

Find one on Amazon for $70

13. Juicer


If your parents love fruits and vegetables they will love a juicer. Mixing some apples and carrots together and a hint of ginger will make for a delicious juice! There are numerous juicers to choose from but the most simple one will work for their juicing needs!

Get one on Amazon for $54.99

14. Cooking Supplies


So cooking supplies may sound boring to you, but there is no greater feeling than getting some stainless steel cooking supplies for the kitchen!

Find some on Amazon for $24.99

15. Roomba Vacuum


If your parents are empty nesters and don't quite know who to assign chores to then you need to get them a Roomba. The Roomba will circulate rooms in the house and help pick up all those unwanted dust bunnies.

Get one on Amazon for $239.99

The hunt is over! Head over to Amazon and pick out something your parents will remember you giving them when they put it to use. Happy shopping!

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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