Now that the holidays are over, we’re guessing you’re now the proud owner of at least one new gift card.
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We’ve all seen that Peloton ad where a woman is gifted one of the company’s very fancy bikes. Some people find the ad cringe-inducing and bizarre; others would freaking kill for a Peloton under the tree.
The first Christmas my boyfriend and I were together we went to a holiday party hosted by some of his friends. Gifts were exchanged, both to individuals and through a Secret Santa swap. My boyfriend had chosen to wrap his contributions exclusively in bags that were so covered in wrinkles they looked like they had been previously thrown away, old newspaper haphazardly taped around shoeboxes, and one gift just in an old grocery bag with a bow on it.
When you have little kids, it can be tempting to go all-out for the holidays, stuffing as many gifts as you can under the tree, under the guise of creating family memories (that they’re unlikely to remember). But money is also finite; in fact, you may still be trying to pull yourself out of credit card debt from last year’s festivities. Luckily, a great thing about little kids is they really won’t notice—or care—how much or how little they receive.
Receiving a gift is always an awkward exchange, particularly when the gift-giver, be it your mum or a colleague from the office, makes it clear they’ve spent time finding you the present. Given this information, there are obvious expectations. Once you open that neatly gift-wrapped box, anything short of “I will live and die by this item” might prove a letdown to them.
Buying presents can be… stressful. It’s often hard to know what to buy for that film buff friend, or for the brother-in-law who’s really into cooking these days. Fortunately, The Upgrade is here to help—just think of this episode as our gift to you. Here, seven Lifehacker staffers each share three perfect gift ideas, from artful prints to wireless gadgets to Secret Santa hacks, to help you buy the perfect present.
The holidays are the most wonderful time of year, unless you are the planet. To get to actual holiday joy, you’ve got to tear through several layers of waste: Disposable wrapping, frilly ribbons, packing tape, wads of plastic shopping bags, mountains of clamshell packaging, and crappy lights that didn’t even make it to Christmas eve.
Sending a gift to someone in another culture takes some extra consideration; you want to pay attention to any cultural disconnects, taboos, or expectations. But it’s also an opportunity to blow someone away without spending a ton of money.
Cross-cultural business consultant Dean Foster gives advice for giving fantastic gifts internationally in a Medium post; we talked to him about some more dos and don’ts.
Secret Santa gift exchanges are a good way to cut down your family’s excess holiday spending, and also, in theory, a pleasant, festive way to get to know your coworkers better. If you’re not especially well-acquainted with your chosen gift-ee, however, they can also be stressful as hell!
Whether your signature issue is decent working conditions and a living wage for workers; the company's systematic scamming of US cities in its "search" for HQ2; or the simple fact that no one human (let alone one as notably greedy as Jeff Bezos) should be in possession of $223 billion dollars — it seems that nearly everyone is pissed at Amazon right now.