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Thursday
Apr242014

[GIFTED] Custom Recipe-Engraved Cutting Board

Cooking for people is a really intimate thing, which is why people covet old family recipes from their mother or their grandmother.  They say things like, "this is just like my mom used to make it," which doesn't necessarily mean their mother made the world's best pot roast or chicken parmesan, but that the way they made it conjours up happy memories.  Making a treasured family recipe keeps tradition alive and creates new memories.  THE CIRCLE OF LIFE, all that stuff.  

That's why the cook in your family will love this Custom Recipe-Engraved Cutting Board ($49, Damian's Wood Works), which takes any handwritten recipe and engraves it onto a beautiful wood cutting board.  They'll be chopping onions on top of their grandmother's spaghetti sauce recipe and will they be crying because of the onions or crying because your gift was so THOUGHTFUL AND PERFECT?  You'll never know.

Wednesday
Apr232014

[GIVEAWAY] Select LP Turntable

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So you're INTO vinyl, kind of like you're into soy milk and things that smell like patchouli.  It's fine.  You've gotten many a date back to your apartment under the guise of "listening to records."  You have gotten into heated arguments with friends and family over how vinyl just SOUNDS better than digital and they cannot wrap their heads around why you would want to only listen to a song while being confined to your living room when you could listen to it anytime, anywhere on your phone. 

Enter the Select LP (Ion Audio), which bridges the gap between both worlds.  First, the Select LP acts as a high-quality record player.  Second, when you hook it up to your device via the built-in USB port, you can transfer vinyl-quality audio tracks to digital.  Imagine listening to that rare Harry Chapin recording while on the bus!  That live Led Zeppelin concert while walking down the street!  What a world.

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Tuesday
Apr222014

[SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION] Spring Break Gear Guide

Spring break: the week in which you can cast your inhibitions aside to do some regrettable things at a beach bar and/or in a jacuzzi owned by not you. Are you too old for this? Probably. But as your life gets busier and busier and filled with more obligations and less enjoyment, Spring Break is the perfect excuse to gather up some equally exhausted friends and try to recapture your youth on a beach for a long weekend. Cue the Macklemore and Pitbull—it’s time to plan a ridiculous Spring Break weekend.

I’ve put together a list of Spring Break essentials that should definitely find their way into your beach bag.  Read it here.

Monday
Apr212014

[GIFTED] MacGyver Tool Kit 

If you are under the age of 40, the only MacGyver references you understand are from The Simpsons, where Marge's Macgyver-lovin' sisters Patty and Selma talk about the show constantly. Even though the show was universally shitty (don't tell Patty and Selma I said that), it was on for SEVEN SEASONS (hey, it was the '80s—everyone was too busy snorting cocaine to pay attention to whether or not quality television programming was available to them). 

And in those seven seasons, the name MacGyver was able to pervade our culture enough that now anyone who can save the day by jerry-rigging something out of a chewed piece of gum, a lighter, and a paperclip is referred to as a regular "MacGyver." 

You can be a regular MacGyver, too, with this MacGyver Tool Kit ($10, iFixit) that includes a bunch of crap that you're probably not going to be able to fix anything with.  Hey, it's still fun, though!  A great gift.  Just don't get delusions of grandeur here—you can't even program your alarm clock, you're not going to be able to hotwire a car with some gum and a birthday candle.

Friday
Apr182014

[GIFTED] Zombie Bunny Lollipop

So your brother's kind of a weirdo.  He's really into unwatchable experimental movies.  He's got a dark sense of humor, but not in the socially acceptable "dark" sense of humor, but the real dark sense of humor that makes conversation stop and makes everyone look for the nearest exit. 

You've become used to his weird quirks and are fairly certain he's not going to murder anyone anytime soon (at least you THINK so.  I mean, even John Wayne Gacy had a sister), so for Easter, you've decided to give him something he'll like this year.  Like a zombie-themed Easter basket featuring several of these Zombie Bunny Lollipops ($9, ThinkGeek).  Your mother will be outraged, but your brother will be delighted.  It's a good strategy.  Keep the weirdos happy.