A Not Entirely Ironic Gift Guide
Y'all, I have a lot of thoughts and feelings on the Thanksgiving/Black Friday situation (spoiler alert, I also have a lot of thoughts on colonialism and capitalism) but that's a different conversation for a different day.
As a 20-something with a blog, who is also a very regular blog reader, I'm getting the impression that one of my main tasks this season is to create a "Gift Guide". In case you're somehow not familiar, gift guides are literally exactly what they sound like, a page of links to online stores. They're usually themed: "Gift ideas for your dad!" "Gifts your best friend will love!" "Great gifts for your grandmother's mail man!" Now, it may seem like there's a gift guide out there for every subset of human or niche market you could imagine, but I've discovered that there are a few people that regularly are left out of all available gift guide. Introducing:
*None of these links are affiliate links. Amazon and Gap have no clue who I am, aside from the fact that I give them ridiculous amounts of money on a way too regular basis.
For Your Favorite Man-Spreader
Speaking of long commutes... two fashion trends that seem to have converged are the skinny jean and the stretch jean. So,in this new world where pants that look like denim feel like leggings, it makes sense that your legs would just go everywhere against your will. As someone who doesn't actually wear real pants, I absolutely understand. When the fabric of your pants is so forgiving, it takes effort and energy to mind the space that you're taking up, which in many situations is no problem. However, when your knees are flopped so far apart that you're taking up the better part of 3 seats on a bus or train during rush hour, we've got to do something about that.
Did you know that Gap still has a line of 100% Denim No Stretch Jeans For Men? They look stylish AND basically hold your legs in place for you. #winwin Look at the guy in the picture. He can't even lift his foot to the wall to complete his cool guy pose!
NOTE: I personally have not used this product, but the reviews seem pretty positive.
For Your Favorite Overworked Friend or Co-Worker
The perfect gift for that person in your life that simply does too much (not to be confused with doing the most see above*). Why not give them a gift that acknowledges a phenomenon that's all too common and all too ignored? Personally, my favorite way to acknowledge things that are true, awful, and out of my control is through humor and beverages. I firmly believe that if you can't change a circumstance that's making things difficult for you, you should acknowledge it, laugh at the absurdity of it, and then let anyone that will listen know that you're not happy about it. The last step is clearly optional, but this mug will make it a little easier.
You can't really go wrong with a Passive Aggressive Mug. It's a gift that says " I see you. I understand your pain." But it also says "Now drink some coffee because we've got stuff to do!" Sometimes, the best coping strategy is to subtly spill a little tea while you're sipping your morning (or 2pm) coffee.
Well that was fun. Clearly I'm not cut out for this. This list quickly devolved into mugs that I want to buy. This is not the type of blogger that I was meant to be, not even ironically. I kinda want to delete this. But I'm not going to, because i kinda put way too much time into it and I'm embarrassed.