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Top 10 Christmas movies

Christmas is here and that means Christmas movie time! Well, at least for some of us. Here is a list, in no particular order, of some of the best Christmas movies to get anyone in the holiday spirit!

A Christmas Story
Ralphie, a young boy growing up in the ’40’s, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift. But along the way, he runs into opposition from his parents, his teacher, and even good ‘ol Santa Claus himself.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
All Clark wanted to do is make Christmas nice with his family at their big home in Chicago. Instead of having an “Old Fashioned Family Christmas,” Clark and the rest of the Griswold’s got an evening of hell!

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween — but alas, they can’t get it quite right.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Doris Walker a no-nonsense Macy’s executive, desperately searches for a new store Santa. She hires Kris Kringle who insists that he’s the real Santa Claus. But, he has many skeptics like Doris and her six year old daughter, Susan. So Kris goes to court to try and prove it. Is he the real Santa Claus?

It’s a Wonderful Life
George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas ! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget about suicide ?

Home Alone
When Kevin McCallister is accidentally left ‘home alone’ by his family, vacationing in France, he takes his house into his own hands and haves himself his own vacation. But his delight ends up crashing and burning when he comes into contact with two criminals, Harry and Marv, that are after his house.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of the nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. So disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal all the Christmas things.

A Christmas Carol (1984)(TV)
An old man who hates Christmas is taught the true meaning and spirit of Christmas by ghosts who show him his own past and present. He is also shown what the future holds for him if he doesn’t change his behavior.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown becomes the director of the school holiday pageant and goes out with Linus to buy an aluminum tree for the show. Instead, they bring back a forlorn real tree. Our hapless hero finds himself dismayed by the rampant commercialization of the holidays and searches for the true meaning of Christmas.

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
It tells the story of Rudolph, a reindeer with a nose that lights up. He’s looking for a place where he belongs. Special guest appearances by the Abominable Snowman and the misfit toys make this movie extra-special.

Will it blend? iPod edition

Wow, I would never do that to my iPod or anyone elses. It is pretty to watch though, just for kicks.

Quick, cheap, easy gifts for everyone

Time is running out for finding great gifts in stores. Some of you are still unsure what to get relatives or coworkers for Christmas and will settle for almost anything, as long as the gift is rather inexpensive. Below is a list of cheap and easy gifts to get for anyone!

Money
Giving the gift of money is a very touchy subject; it can be taken very well or, well, not so well. Handing out cold, hard cash is never a good thing to do. Do something simple by going to your local coffee shop or even a Best Buy or Wal-Mart and pick up a couple of gift certificates. But be sure you give a gift certificate to the right people who you know will use them from the store you picked. If, for some reason, the gift card you give doesn’t interest the receiver, inform them about http://www.certificateswap.com/ where you can sell gift cards and get cash!

Another idea, which are very easy to obtain, are lottery tickets. These usually cost $1 and could be worth millions, or nothing at all, but it is the thought that counts, right?

Simple Tool
For a gift that will be used throughout the years to come, buy someone a key-chain tool. These are usually just Swiss Army knives which can come in handy all the time. Find one that has many practicle tools, like a knife, screwdriver, and scissors.

Food
If you have time to bake some goodies, go for it. Nothing tastes better than homemade cookies Christmas morning. If baking is not an option, one could buy chocolates, cookies, cakes, or even an assortment of popcorn. A bow can turn a simple box of chocolates into a beautiful Christmas gift.

More gifts – under $10

    1. Gourmet coffees with a coffee cup
    2. Gel pens and pretty stationary
    3. Basket filled with deli cheese and fruit
    4. Craft supplies
    5. Small clock or radio
    6. Board games
    7. Jigsaw Puzzles
    8. Post-It Notes
    9. Christmas ornaments
    10. Special soaps and bath puff
    11. Picture frames

I hope this helps you figure out some quick, simple, and cheap gifts for everyone in your life. Have a great Christmas and enjoy the rest of your holidays!

Top 10 cheap gifts for coworkers

This website has a list of the Top 10 best gifts for coworkers. What is below is copied straight from the website.

1. Monitor/Screen Cleaners – If you’re a tech geek you are most likely staring at a computer screen all day long. Everybody hates a dusty screen so give your coworker one of these cute monitor cleaners! I found them for $5 at Bed Bath and Beyond. If they are too girly for the guys they sell countless more “boring” screen cleaners as well.

2. Worst Case Scenario Game (Work Version) – Who knew the popular Worst Case Scenario series has a version for Work! Here is the game description:

Be prepared to survive any workday worst-case scenario. From dealing with a boss who’s a control freak to stopping an overflowing toilet in the executive bathroom, you’ll have fun learning to survive the worst that comes with your job.

I found these on sale again at BBB for $2.99!

3. Mini Flashlight – So I was told by a lot of geeky guys that they all have some weird obsession with flashlights! You can find these ranging from 3 to 7 dollars at most stores like Target or even BBB. They are perfect to keep in the glove compartment in your car or on your desk. You never know when you’ll need a mini flashlight!

4. Dog Cable Fix – A cute way to organize your mouse’s cable and perfect for your dog loving nerdy coworker!

$6 at the Perpetual Kid

5. Gwins – Any geek will appreciate this open source icon.

$3.99 at ThinkGeek

6. Keyboard Brush – To go along with the screen cleaner they also make these cute keyboard brushes with cute faces on them! As a geek I have to admit one of my pet peeves is all of the dust that collects in my keyboard. grrr! hehe

$5 at Compact Impact

7. Starbucks Gift Coupons – Ok, I have this trick where I bid for these on Ebay (search for Starbucks coupons). I usually get them in bulk for about $2 to $2.50 a coupon.. They are worth way more than that because the coupon will work for ANY drink ANY size. Include these with your christmas card and you have yourself a nice treat for your coffee drinking coworker!

8. Geeky Chocolates or Candy – All geeks love sugar. Try giving them these cool looking computer chocolates or something as basic as a small box of Nerds.

$3-$10 at Computer Chocolate Novelties

9. The Cubes Motivational Speaker – Help the morale of your coworkers by giving them their own motivational speaker action figure.

$3.99 at KlearGear

10. Stress Toys – I know in my group that sometimes stress levels can run high. Any hardworking employee could use a stress ball at times like these.

Here’s a cool one for $2.99 also at KlearGear

Cheap gifts for men that don’t suck

Coming from this website, ideas of gifts to get for men.

Rule #1: Unless you know as much about the hobby or his area of interest, don’t bother getting him a gift in that area. While music, sports, gadgets and other things make perfectly acceptable gifts, unless you are on the same level with him, you won’t get the right thing no matter how good your intentions.

Rule #2: If you are like 99% of the women and don’t know as much about his areas of interest as he does, stick to 2 categories when purchasing a gift: food and sex. OK, that might sound a bit crass, but it’s absolutely the truth. If you stay within these two themes you can get practically any gift for a man and he will love it.

The saying that the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach holds true for a vast majority of men. The only exception to that may be sex which we will also be covering here, so it doesn’t really matter which one truly is. Here are a few gift suggestions, but these are by no means exhaustive. Anything that falls under these two themes that you can come up with will make a gift that the man will love:

  • Cookies, Cakes & other Sweets: Sure, he may get sick eating it all, but he’ll be in heaven the entire time he’s doing it. While you may think that it’s important that it’s hand made, it doesn’t really make a difference to a man. If it’s good eats, the man will love it.
  • Favorite Food: Whatever is the guy’s favorite food, you can’t go wrong with that. It doesn’t matter if it’s beer and doughnuts, if that is what he likes, his eyes will be gleaming and a huge smile will cross his face when opening the gift.
  • Gift Card To Favorite Food Place: No time to cook? Not a problem. A gift card to his favorite eating establishment (I would say restaurant, but that may limit the favorite places of a lot of men) is all he needs to be ecstatic about the gift.
  • Back Rub: I don’t know a single man that wouldn’t trade in all the gifts that you are thinking about buying him for a good back rub. Throw some food into the equation and he’ll be even happier.
  • Vouchers: You now know what he wants but you don’t feel like giving it to him that instant? Make up some vouchers for both and the anticipation will make the gift even better.
  • Lingerie: Men are so easy to please that you can actually buy a gift for yourself and the man will love it. Go on a lingerie shopping spree and say that those are his gifts (of course, he’ll expect you to wear it and not himself ;), and you will have the happiest man in town.
  • Yourself (with Ribbon): Yes, if you want to give the perfect gift to a man, all you need to do is buy a ribbon. When it’s time to exchange gifts, go to a back room. undress, wrap the ribbon strategically and give yourself as the gift. I guarantee that the man will love it 😉

As you can see, men are easy to shop for. Even better, you can give them the exact same thing in one of these two categories year after year after year and they will still be ecstatic each time they receive it. Don’t believe me? Try it. I have all the confidence in the world that it will be the best gift they have ever gotten.

Christmas Shopping – ONLINE vs. IN LINE

The Christmas season is upon us, with only 8 days left until that jolly old fat guy comes down your chimney to leave present for everyone to enjoy. By now a lot of you already have your shopping done, and I congratulate you for being better than everyone else in the world that still haven’t started shopping. But for those select few…ah who am I kidding? For those few million people that haven’t begun, now is the perfect time. I am sure you have found yourself asking, “Should I shop online or battle the crowds at the mall?” Well don’t bother anymore, because I will give the top 10 reasons to do both in: ONLINE vs. IN LINE

ONLINE

1. No lines
Honestly, who can stand waiting in lines that wrap around the whole building, going in and out of the bathrooms, I can’t. With online shopping, you don’t have to deal with losing your place in line or getting pushed by some crazed, caffeine-hocked-up-soccer-mom trying to find the new “Tickle-Me-Elmo” doll for her 4-year-old kid.

2. Better chance of finding something
Since stores online usually say when a product has been sold out, one can easily go to the next online store of their choosing. You don’t have to worry about being the first person inside the store to run all the way to a certain section of the store to only find out the toy you’re looking for has been sold out for a month.

3. Satisfaction of winning online auction
What else can be said about this? When you read “Congratulations! You are the winner!” pop-up on your screen after having a 10-minute bidding war with sccrmomfrmHELL is when you know your kid will be happy this Christmas while sccrmomfrmHELL‘s kid won’t. And that just makes you feel good inside.

4. No heavy bags to carry
Face it, you are no Arnold Schwarzenegger. You can only lift 50+lbs toys a few times a day without pulling something. With online shopping, some poor sap has to drive around in a big brown van wearing short brown shorts in 20 degree weather carrying packages to and from his van while you sit inside with your pajamas sipping hot chocolate. Yeah, exactly.

5. Do it in your underwear
Imagine going out in public with nothing but your underwear? Sure you’d probably have a better chance of getting everything on the lists you have, but that’s only because you would scare everyone else away. Trust me; stay at home where no one can see you.

6. Don’t have to find parking spot
Not only will you spend hundreds of dollars on presents for everyone, but you will also have to spend tons of cash on gas by driving around parking lots trying to find a place to park. Nor will you have to deal with hundreds of vans driven by caffeine-hocked-up-soccer-moms.

7. Point and Click
Found what you were looking for? Well, just point and click and you are done. This goes back to no. 1, no lines. Nothing is more simple than having all of your billing information, filled out on some website you have never heard of, just one click away.

8. No annoying sales-people
“Hi, may I help you?”
“No, I’m fine.”
“Are you sure? I can help you find something, anything!”
“No, really, I’m just looking.”
“May I suggest looking over here by the iPods and Zunes and 64″ HDTVs and kittens?”
“Please, leave me alone.”
“Here, take this pointless list of everything in store that we say is on sale when we actually raised the price for those caffeine-hocked-up-soccer-moms.”

Yeah, sales-people suck. They will stop at nothing you sell you something.

9. No fights/shootings over hottest toy
Need I say more?

IN LINE

1. Grabbing the last toy from the shelf
The feeling you get from doing this is better than winning the online auction. Not only will your child have a better Christmas than everyone else’s child, you can flaunt that. Walk around the store telling everyone how you got the last toy in stock and they didn’t.

2. The Rush you get standing with the caffeine-hocked-up-soccer-moms
Trust me, these ladies are crazy. Nothing gets in their way. The energy they contain is seething from their pores; you can almost taste it in the air. Basically these ladies are like Vietnam War vets who are in the middle of a panic attack. They slip into some state of being where nothing can stop them, not even Charlie.

3. Camping out in front of a store waiting for it to open
Only the real geeks do this, or the real desperate. If it is the day before Christmas Eve and you have absolutely nothing better to do, camp outside in front of Best Buy or some videogame store. Just be warned, you might meet some interesting characters who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Wii or Playstation 3.

4. Watching panicked husbands try to find their wife a gift on Christmas Eve
These guys are the worst. They wait until the last minute to go shopping, and by that time there is nothing good left. These husbands give so much entertainment to the rest of us, it’s almost worth going out Christmas Eve just to watch them squirm. Don’t feel sorry for them just because you went out 2 weeks earlier and found everything on your list, while they are going to have to settle for a pair of wool socks and cheap perfume. Just sit back and enjoy their anguish.

5. Fights/shootings over hottest toy
Need I say more?

Okay, it’s obvious online shopping is much easier to do but with less satisfaction. You see so much more by venturing out and battling the crowds. Whatever your shopping plans are this Christmas, good luck with them. I just hope you avoid sccrmomfrmHELL and all of her caffeine-hocked-up-soccer-mom friends.

Christmas shopping – Pre-Day 1

Today is the day I am going Christmas shopping. My girlfriend and I are going out into the wild, searching for that perfect gift. I don’t know what t expect; anything and everything could happen to us today. I have no clue what I am looking for, but I am determined to find it. All I know is that I am strong, and I will survive this, although I have my doubts about my girlfriend.

Wish me luck, I know I am going to need it. I will report back in after this day of mass hysteria is over.