A Look Back At The Starbucks Holiday Cups

A Look Back At The Starbucks Holiday Cups

As we get ready for the launch of the 2016 Starbucks holiday cups, let's reminisce on all of the #RedCups.
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How can we really know when the holiday season officially starts? Is it November 1? Or maybe it starts when we set back our clocks to gain an hour of sleep? Alas, neither of these suggestions prove true. The real way to tell when the holiday season has officially starts is when Starbucks brings back their famous holiday cups. There really is no feeling like sipping a warm drink in a holiday themed cup. Since Starbucks is releasing the 2016 holiday cup on November 10, I figured we should take a look back at some past holiday cups, scandals and all.

2008:

What a simple, yet amazingly pleasing design we were given in 2008. The snowflakes kept all of our hopes up for having a white Christmas that year.

2009:

The ornaments on a the Christmas tree really put Starbucks customers into the holiday spirit and only made us want to decorate the tree way before Thanksgiving.

2010:

This cup is rather different than the first two because the cup is not quite as red. However, the inspirational sayings on the cups were enough to put anyone in a chipper mood for the holiday season.

2011:

These different scenes of people playing in the snow were once again bringing customers' hopes up that there would be a white Christmas. Thanks, Starbucks, for keeping our hopes and dreams alive.

2012:

Frost the Snowman winking at you as you enjoy your lovely holiday latte is enough for anyone to be put into the Christmas spirit.

2013:

More ornaments and holiday fun in a very minimalistic pattern gives this cup from 2013 a new and modern feel to the Starbucks holiday cup.

2014:

The faint decorations on these cups are still merry and bright, and we there's no way we could not be ready for the holidays while drinking from this cup.

2015:

The chances are if you have any type of social media account then you know that people were outraged by the Starbucks holiday cups for numerous reasons. The "controversial" cup design even sparked a hashtag on twitter that was #CupGate2015. Some customers said that they showed no sign of Christmas which meant Starbucks was against the holiday all together, some said the cups showed no representation of winter, and some people just complained about the lack of creativity. However, numerous people still loved the cups because of the bright red color that is commonly associated with Christmas.

I'm extremely curious and excited to see what the new #RedCups will look like for this year's holiday season, but I am even more excited to see what the reaction will be. Will there be a #CupGate2016 or will the world take the cups in with joy of having to forget about the "scandalous" cups from 2015? Either way, I know that I will be sipping on a delicious holiday drink from a holiday cup on November 10. Get prepared, because the holidays are soon to be officially upon us.

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12 Gifts To Give Your Girlfriend On Valentine's Day

All of these gift ideas will for sure win over your girlfriend's heart this year!
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To all the last-minute gift givers of Valentine's Day:

Don't panic. While I know how stressful it can be to get the perfect gift for your significant other, there are so many gift ideas that people always forget as an option. The best part about Valentine's day is not the gifts you get, but rather the romantic time you get to spend with your loved one. So don't worry about how expensive the gift is, just worry about how much thought you put into it. If you are still stuck on a gift to buy for your girlfriend, here are 12 ideas to get the ball rolling for you:

1. Chocolate



Chocolate is every woman's best friend. It also can be your wallet's best friend for this Valentine's Day season. A box of chocolate can warm your girlfriend's heart for a low price.

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2. Flowers



Flowers. Another common, but romantic gift for your girlfriend. Get creative with it. Throw rose pedals all over the bed, or hand her a giant bouquet all at once. Either way I am sure she will love it.

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3. Giant Teddy Bear



This is a gift that I always found so adorable. While it can be obnoxious to purchase and carry around, the look on your girlfriend's face when she sees it will make it all worth it. She can cuddle the bear when you're not around. ;)

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4. Wine



Again, another luxury that is a woman's best friend. You cannot go wrong with buying your girlfriend a bottle, or bottles, of wine. The only question you have to ask yourself when buying it is, red or white?

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5. A Couple's Massage

Um, hello. Who wouldn't love this gift? Not only is it a gift for her, but it is one for you as well. This gift can also be surprisingly cheap. Many places offer amazing deals during the Valentine's Day season!


6. Dinner

There is absolutely nothing wrong with just taking your girlfriend to a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day. Dinner can be expensive enough as it is, the important thing to remember is to make memories that will last a lifetime during the meal.


7. A Movie



Again, nothing wrong with just going to a movie for the night. Sometimes a movie can set the level of romance you need for Valentine's Day.

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8. A Necklace



I know what you're thinking, too expensive! Don't throw away the necklace idea just yet. There are so many stores that sell such elegant necklaces, and they are decently priced as well. Check out stores like Alex and Ani, or Pandora for great deals, or just order from Amazon!


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9. A Ring



While this gift may only apply to a select few, imagine how memorable this day would be for your girlfriend. Do not think it is too cliche to propose to your girlfriend on Valentine's Day. Who cares how many other people do it, think about the joy it will bring her.

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10. Clothes



Plan and buy your girlfriend's outfit for the night! It saves her time figuring out what to wear, and you just bought her clothes that she will absolutely adore!

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11. A One Night Stay at a Hotel



I don't think I have to say anything about this gift. You all know how romantic this is.

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12. Personalized Picture Frame



A gift that is beyond thoughtful. Taking all of your pictures of memories from before and putting them together for your girlfriend is a gift that will for sure have her in tears.

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Please note that all items are 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


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

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