Tomorrow is Chinese New Year, which means a bunch of happy kids will be receiving “red packets” filled with money from their family elders. If you need to pick up some of these distinctive red envelopes for young relatives, here's where to get them free.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Not to stress you out, but Christmas is 18 days away. And not to make assumptions about you, but you probably still need to buy gifts for your mum, dad, siblings, nieces and nephews, friends, significant other, office secret Santa, book club white elephant exchange, and that one aunt who always gives you a snow globe.
My family isn't great at gift exchanges. We tend to buy gifts too late ("Merry Christmas, here's a print-out of what you'll get in January!") or misjudge each other's tastes. We have trouble matching our budgets - do I need to drop as much money on a cousin's new boyfriend as I do on my mother? And if I'm not going home for Christmas this year, do I really need to mail a dozen separate gifts? One year I just forgot to include a family member, embarrassing everyone involved.
You finally snagged the toy that's been on the top of your kid's Christmas wishlist for months - now you just have to wrap it up, shove it under the tree, and bask in parental pride. ("Fine work, me. Fine work.") Well, wait. Is the toy difficult to assemble? Because nothing quite dampens the giddy thrill of watching your kid rip open a gift only to open the box and learn that you must get through 57 indestructible plastic ties, follow 17 pages of wordless instructions, insert 12 batteries that you don't have (and now the stores are all closed), and wait five hours for some software to install. ("Here's a... um... pretty bow to play with, honey. This is going to take a while.")
Shopping for gifts this holiday season doesn't have to be a harrowing experience for you or your wallet. We've saved you the trouble and rounded up six gadget deals suitable for anyone on your list, whether you know a stylish weekend warrior or a bonafide Star Wars nerd — and you can take an extra 20% off their sale price when you plug in the CYBER20 coupon code at checkout.
Though some lifestyle gurus may claim to subsist on "chemical free" food, such a thing does not exist. Like the entire world around us, food is made up of complex chemical systems, and those systems can be manipulated to make olive oil powders, cocktail spheres, or cheese sauce from any cheese, even the ones that don't melt so well. If you know someone who views their kitchen as a laboratory, these gifts are for them.
Christmas is a time of giving, joy and cheer. A time when we settle in front of the Christmas tree and exchange gifts – thoughtful gifts, expensive gifts, gifts that we maxed out our credit cards on.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Troll your friends and family with this easy Christmas Day hack for laughs and scowls.
In an ideal world, maybe you'd love to spend a large portion of your free time attending the weddings, birthdays and other life cycle events of your nearest and dearest. But life, work, and geographical boundaries often get in the way, making it a tricky a proposition to attend every single milestone event for every single close friend and family member.
When my daughter was born, some friends came over to visit and brought us flowers. "Do you have a vase to put these in?" one chirped. As I sat there on an exercise ball, bopping my newborn up and down in a bleary-eyed state, my brain could not compute the request. Thanks, they're beautiful, but really? Does it look like I have the capacity to tend to another living thing?!