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[GIFTED] Instant Ugly Holiday Sweater Kit 

Around the holidays, it is inevitable that you're going to be invited to at least one Ugly Holiday Sweater Party.  The concept is fun enough, you're going to a holiday party, but the hosts want you to wear something that looks completely ridiculous.  Ugly Holiday Sweaters are like the Cosby sweaters of the Christmas season.  Literally nobody can pull them off.  All of this is fine IN THEORY until you realize that you have to find an ugly holiday sweater to wear.  Weird news: ugly holiday sweaters are EXPENSIVE because there's still a demand for them because of rich old white ladies.  

Don't find yourself shelling out $40 for a holiday-themed Alfred Dunner sweater with a snowman on it that you'll literally never wear again.  Instead, get this Instant Ugly Holiday Sweater Kit ($10, KarmaLoop) that features a bunch of patches that you can affix to any plain shirt or sweater you have lying around (or purchased for $2 at the thrift store).  You're ready to party now.  Just take it easy on the egg nog. 


[GIFTED] Oh Kale Yeah Tote

Q: What do you buy for the environment-loving, kale-eating vegan in your life?

A: This Oh Kale Yeah Tote ($18, West Elm). It's a CANVAS BAG—which hippies love to cart around so they can feel superior to people because of their overtly "green" choices—and it's emblazoned with a clever message about their favorite vegetable: kale.  Unfortunately for you, though, this bag will spark that tired conversation about kale chips, and how they're "much better than regular chips and SO HEALTHY for you."  You'll have to resist the very real urge to flip over the table and shout, "KALE CHIPS WILL NEVER BE AS GOOD AS REAL CHIPS, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?" before you stomp right out the front door.   


[GIFTED] Polygon Bowls

People who love entertaining are always looking for stylish, functional serving pieces to use.  They want you to love the food that's on/in them, yes, but they also want you to tell them how "cute" the serving vessel is. 

Entertaining is basically a way to get people to give you compliments on everything from your home, your cooking, your choice in artwork, your dog, etc.  This holiday season, why not set them up for more compliments with these Polygon Bowls ($27 each, Studio Lorier), which are great for serving dips, chips, and fancy artisanal olives. 


[GIFTED] Winter Cocktails 

It's cold out and the fun, backyard patio drinking of the summer is a distant memory.  But just because it's fucking freezing out doesn't mean that you can't still get drunk and be social (though, if you're like me, the "being social" part is completely optional). 

This Winter Cocktails book ($23, Furbish) offers up 50+ recipes for cold-weather cocktails (mulled ciders, hot toddies, and more) that should probably be imbibed while sitting beside a roaring fire and wearing flannel.  It's the perfect gift for the drunk in your life, or the person you want to get drunk (WINKY FACE). 


[GIFTED] Be Thankful Canvas

It's Thanksgiving, so if you're reading this post, that means that you've made a conscious decision to be on your phone/computer/tablet instead of spending quality time with your loved ones.  GREAT JOB. 

While this Be Thankful Canvas ($58, Bourbon & Boots) isn't my style (it's in the vein of LIVE LAUGH LOVE, don't you think?), it reminds me of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions was when my little brother would make us all go around the table and say what we're thankful for, and we'd get to my grandfather and he'd say, "NOTHING."

Memories are something, aren't they?