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Friday
Aug222014

[SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION] Gifts That Give Back 

Every article I write screams, “HAYYYYYY LOOK AT ALL THIS STUFF YOU CAN BUY!” I like to think my writing is not a consistent ode to consumerism as much as it’s a helpful tool to help people make their loved ones happy… by purchasing things for them. (OK, let’s try not to think about it too much.) Gifts make people happy; I write about gifts; ergo, I make people happy. You’re welcome.

The point of this particular post, though, is to showcase things you can buy for your loved ones that will not only make them happy by feeding their need to possess and covet physical objects, but will also make others happy. How? The companies behind these products are dedicated to giving back to a variety of charitable organizations, donating a portion of their product sales to various worthy causes.  So, buy up a few of these gifts that give back and make everyone happy. Even yourself. Even me.

Read it here.  

Thursday
Aug212014

[GIFTED] The Fonde Rolling Pin

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but it's the same for women. You put two men of equal attractiveness next to each other and tell a woman that Guy A is a fantastic cook while Guy B always defaults to delivery, and she's gonna go with Guy A.  Always. 

So, you're doing the thing where you've decided to cook for a woman because you're trying to impress her. This always ends in disaster—not because you don't know how to cook—but because you always aim too high.  You go for the rack of lamb instead of the easier roasted chicken.  You opt for homemade pasta and sauce instead of just buying it from a specialty market.  Ultimately, you spend the majority of the evening in the kitchen, sweating and fanning flames and/or smoke, while your date sits in the living room, quietly sipping Chardonnay and wondering if this is what life is always going to be like with you.

Luckily for you, the folks at Repast Supply Co. decided to create a tool that will help you achieve your culinary ambitions the easy way.  The Fonde Rolling Pin ($99) allows you to create picture-perfect ravioli out of a ball of dough in seconds.  Handmade out of your choice of Maple, Cherry, or Walnut wood, this thing will help you win big on your next 100 "hey-let-me-cook-for-you" dates. 

Originally appeared on Made Man.

Wednesday
Aug202014

[GIFTED] Heels Higher Than Your Standards Tank Top

Are you surrounded by idiots who constantly settle in life?  Whether they're settling for a shitty job, shitty boyfriend, shitty bars, shitty food—their standards are decidedly l-o-w.  Let them know that you're onto their subpar lifestyle by wearing this Heels Higher Than Your Standards Tank Top ($39, Fifty5 Clothing).  It would make great attire for a family reunion, high school reunion, get together with slobby college friends, and the like.

Tuesday
Aug192014

[SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION] iPhone Cases for TV Obsessives

You’re already a staunch member of the fandom, whether you're in love with Leslie Knope's optimism, in love with Sophia Petrillo's zingers, or just plain in love with Don Draper (find another crush—Donny's looking pathetic these days). But if you want to take your obsession to the next level, show it on the one item you have with you at all time — your phone.  So, I rounded up 18 iPhone cases for TV obsessives to help you choose.  Check it out on Beamly.

Monday
Aug182014

[GIFTED] LUDI Box

The whole reason this site exists is because gift giving is HARD.  You have the intention of getting your loved one something truly special and enjoyable, but you can never seem to make the right connection.  This is why gift cards exist.  But we all know that gift cards are the lazy person's way out. 

Somewhere in between spending a ton of time scouting out a perfect gift on your own and just giving up and getting the gift card is where LUDI GiftBox comes in.  "LUDI" quite literally stands for "let us do it," which is basically music to your ears, right?  It's like having a personal shopper but without having to pay for it and act like a fancy person.

So, how does it work?  You tell the folks at LUDI the occasion for the gift is, select a budget (custom giftboxes start at $50), tell them about the gift recipient (the more specific you are, the more on-the-money they can be with their gift selections), and they select the products and send the gift box out for you. 

The photo above shows a custom wedding giftbox made for a couple described as "active, outdoorsy and beer-loving." The box contained a wooden six-pack caddy, a yellow picnic blanket and two beer glasses on a budget of $65.

If you don't want to get so custom, LUDI also has ready-made gift boxes for purchase, starting at $30.