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My 5 Best Gifts: Vanessa DeLeon

Let's face it: giving the perfect gift to someone is like standing on top of a mountain and shouting, "HEY EVERYONE, I'M NOT AN EMOTIONAL CRIPPLE!" 

My 5 Best Gifts is a recurring feature that asks people to give up the goods on the best gifts they've given or received.  

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[GIFTED] Anything Alarm Clock

What's that, you say?  You don't want to drop $350 on an alarm clock?  

You can pick this Anything Alarm Clock ($69, Matter) up for much cheaper, and guess what? 

It'll still wake you the fuck up and you still won't be very happy about it, just like any other alarm clock.    

Enjoy the morning, guys. 


[GIFTED] Font Clock

Every morning, you get into a fight with your alarm clock. 

It goes off at 5AM because you're trying to trick yourself out of sleep.  You see 5AM, turn it off, and think, "Yes, one more precious hour of sleep left."

Then, it goes off at 6AM.  You're supposed to get up and go to the gym.  You start bargaining with yourself, because you know that you that if you don't go to the gym, you can sleep until 7:30.

"I'll go tonight after work," you say, as you turn off the alarm and roll over.  

You won't go.  You're lying to yourself.

Break promises to yourself and loved ones in style with this Font Clock ($345, Matter).     


Thar She Blows! Gifts for the Nautically-Obsessed

Mid-life crisises manifest themselves differently with different people.  Some people act out "The Pina Colada Song" and troll for anonymous sex at midnight while they may or may not be caught in the rain.  Some people have sex with the babysitter.  Some people buy a car they can't afford.  This guy, however, bought a boat.  His family didn't see it coming.  They had no clue they were being signed up for a life at sea.

Batten the hatches!  I see a gift guide for the nautically-obsessed off the starboard side!

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Every Day With Rachael Ray: Two Takes on Nashville

Out of the department of "shameless self-promotion" comes this little gem: my article in the June/July issue of Every Day With Rachael Ray!

I interviewed country singers Trisha Yearwood and Justin Townes Earle to get their best picks of where you should go, what you should do, and of course, where you should eat.