Or a device that will pet your pets for you, so you don’t have to?
These are some of the hilarious–and FAKE–products “sold” by Prank Pack, a company that makes boxes for nonexistent and ludicrous items. The idea is that you buy the box, put your real gift inside, and then sit back and watch the recipient squirm as she feigns enthusiasm for her “present.”
I attended a White Elephant party over the weekend. Maybe you know them as a Yankee Swap. Basically, you bring a gag gift or a crappy present that has a non-crappy element–maybe a hokey coffee mug with a Starbucks gift card inside. Everyone takes a number and selects a present, but once you choose your gift, it can be “stolen” by someone else (and likewise, you can steal it back, or take someone else’s or a new one altogether). Anyway, I brought the same tacky purse I received at this party the year before, but this time with Dunkin Donuts gift card inside. I packed it in a gift box for a “Family Blankeez,” a Snuggie-style blanket designed to cover an entire group of people, and I was practically beside myself with giddiness as I waited for someone to select my present. When my friend opened it, she thought the blanket was real, just as the creators predicted. She help up the box while everyone laughed at the idea and cracked up at the photos showing people using it in various scenarios such as at a tailgate (“For the big game!”) and at a clothesline (“Couples laundry!”). Meanwhile, I was shouting above the noise, “But it’s fake! It’s not real! It’s not really a blanket! It’s just a joke!” Everyone stopped to process this, and the fascination began anew as the box was passed around the room all over again.
If you’re looking to make a splash with your present–perhaps for all the wrong reasons–then a Prank Pack is for you (they’re $8 each, or 3 for $20, with a $5 shipping fee). At the very least, take a few minutes to check out their site and be sure to look at the photos of the boxes’ details. I guarantee you’ll laugh.
As a kid growing up in a Jewish home, it was nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find decorations for my house…other than a menorah. Trying to find gifts for my family members? Forget about it! Manufacturers don’t make Hanukkah Santa hats or blue-and-white candy canes. Head into any store and you’ll find rows of Christmas stuff, and if you’re lucky, a small rack dedicated to me and my fellow Jews. However, it seems this year that retailers are finally recognizing my shopping nightmare–and have granted us all a holiday wish: toys for those who don’t celebrate Christmas! Check out Build-a-Bear for quite a few blue-and-white customization options. If you don’t feel like getting creative, they even have a pre-made bear (featured to the right) all set and ready to buy! If you’re looking for a festive story time, you can check out the awesome Chanukah Lights pop-up book by Michael J. Rosen and Robert Sabuda. Then, when all is said and done, head on over to Dylan’s Candy Bar for a variety of Hanukkah themed treats to nosh on. They’ve got everything from Gift Baskets to individual chocolate bars to chocolate dreidels. Happy Hanukkah!
It’s November, and you know what that means: The holiday season is officially here.
“But it’s not even Thanksgiving yet!”
We know it may seem early, but many stores have had Christmas decorations on display since before Halloween. And the endless Christmas music? It’s right around the corner.
To help you avoid the stress of holiday shopping, Parents has partnered with eBeanstalk to bring you the Parents Toy Store. You’ll be able to shop online for our favorite toys of 2011, as chosen by Parents editors, plus other playthings selected by child-development experts and organized by age and stage to make buying a breeze. And every Tuesday, right here on GoodyBlog, the experts at eBeanstalk will highlight some of their favorite toy selections. Check out their picks for this week.
Resarch revealed the following information about these four gifter categories:
The Emotional Gifter: Forty-two percent of women identify with this profile and buy unique, thoughtful gifts for each person on their list to show they really understand that person, plan ahead, wrap their own presents and take the time to hand-write a card.
The Practical Gifter: Nearly a quarter, 21 percent, of women consider themselves to be practical gifters, often giving gift cards or cash, and prefer to allow the recipient to make the decision about what’s best to buy.
The Convenience Gifter: Sixteen percent of women identify with this profile, approaching holiday shopping with maximum efficiency, getting shopping done at one store or on one website. These women feel holiday shopping is something that needs to get done, rather than a joyful experience.
The Last Minute Gifter: Thirteen percent of women consider themselves to be last minute gifters, typically buying gifts close to the holidays. They don’t often plan ahead and hurry through the mall at the last minute.
70% of women feel pressure to find the perfect gift, but for 60% shopping brings more stress than joy. 76% also believe exchanging gifts in person is important. More surprising information revealed that Last Minute Gifters were composed more of Gen Y/Millenial women around their 20s while Practical Gifters were composed more of Boomers women around their 50s.
Has your kid outgrown a board game? Or is there a stuffed animal collecting dust in the corner? Instead of throwing them away or holding a garage sale, swap them this year or all year round on ThredUp.com.
ThredUp.com is an online exchange marketplace where parents can conveniently trade gently-used clothes with each other to save money on items their children no longer need or want. This holiday season, ThredUp.com is encouraging parents to swap gently-used toys along with clothes–this way, parents can save time on shopping, reduce their shopping expenditures, and go green by cutting back on wasteful spending.
Members of the website browse for a box of toys and/or clothes they would like from another parent, then pay a flat fee of $5 plus shipping to receive that box. ThredUp.com then provides a shipping label and schedules an home pick-up of the box to be sent. Or the box can also be mailed at the local post office. ThredUp.com wants to help budget-conscious parents save $500,000 this year through the toy and clothing swap.
Finally, you can get rid of that fire truck with the annoying siren and find a more unique (and, perhaps, quieter) gift to give your kids this year.