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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!

For everyone that visits my blog, if there are any, this is for you

For the past few days I have been posting a bunch of crap stories just trying to build up my hits. Yeah, I would like to have a lot of traffic and try to build up a “fan-base” I guess, but that’s not how I wanted to do it. I want to be original, I want to write things that I am interested in and hopefully find others that are interested in the same thing as I am

What I am trying to say is that I have no clue what to use this blog for. Few things really interest me. I am pretty open to many new things and I try to not focus all of my thoughts on a few things. My whole life has been geared towards movies and video-games.

Since I was able to make noises that sounded something similar to words, I have been in my brother’s home movies. Since I am the youngest I was always given the part of the person who either:

    a. Gets beaten up
    b. Dies

I have suffered many injuries during my youth; whether it was getting kicked in the face or thrown over my brother’s shoulders onto a concrete driveway, I have been in the center of pain. Now, it seems most people would have been turned off of movies simply because of that, but not me. I spent more time watching movies than I did actually “acting” in them.

During my 19 years of life I have come to appreciate movies more than the average person my age. Sure, a lot of my friends like the same movies I like, but I feel like I see more of the way the movie was put together and how everything comes together at the end. My friends like movies for pure entertainment value, I like them because I want to know how they made that guy’s head getting chopped off look so real, or how they do some crazy, life threatening stunts they do.

After I watch a movie, I immediately go to www.imdb.com and look up the movie and the trivia on it. I want to know all of the inside information I can about what I just watched.

I am obsessed with film. Plain and simple. I want to be a film star alongside my brother, who is already on his way. But for me, being rich and famous isn’t exactly what I want, but I wouldn’t complain if I was given that. What I want to do is make kick-ass movies that I want to watch. What is the point in making a movie no one wants to see? Well, for one thing, that movie would never be made(unless you are Michael Bay or Uwe Boll), and second, why waste your time with something shitty when you could make the next Godfather?

Life is all about taking chances, and that is what I am here for, taking chances. So please, help me out here, what should I blog about? My life? Movies? Random news that will get me tons of hits a day? Let me know, I am all ears here.

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.

What a day I had today at work!

Today was my first day of work since the middle of August. I felt refreshed, and a tad nervous to begin working again. I’m still working at the same place I always have, I was just worried I would forget some of the codes I would have to type in. But everything turned out okay, for the most part. My boss bothers me with some of the things he does and his business ethics. He’s a good guy, he just has no problem with taking advantage of people, but I will get to that later.

I woke up around 9:30 this morning, got a cup of coffee and took a shower. I then got ready to go to work and hopped in my car. Ileft my house around 10:20 and got to work at 10:30. Since my boss changed the locks on the door, I didn’t have a key to get inside, so I had to wait for him to arrive. I went next door and ordered a bagel, orange juice, and a coffee to have while waiting on my boss. I called him at 10:40 and he told me he was 10 minutes away, so I went ahead and ate my food. Once I finished I went back outside and checked the store. No sign of anyone. So I waited until my boss arrived.

He finally got to the store with 10 minutes to spare before we opened at 11. I said hello and took a walk around the store to familiarize myself. Not much had changed, aside from the counter and cash register. My boss walked to the back of the store and turned on the lights and turned on his computer while I turned on the rest. We both sat behind the counter talking and looking at websites.

A guy came up to the store and tried to open the door, but it was locked. The door makes a loud noise that echoes when someone tries to open it when it is locked. My boss and I looked at the door and the guy then looked back at each other and started laughing.

Locked door
(yeah he kinda looked like that)

So we sat around another 5 minutes or so, waiting for 11 to come. Once it did, I opened up the door to begin my first day back at work. For the next few hours, I mainly took in returned video-games and movies, occasionally answering the phone. My boss and I talked about him and what he has been doing and selling recently. This is where his business ethics just seem to go away. My boss will do anything to make a quick buck, which really gets to me. He has been selling these systems on eBay and his online store, making a $20 profit on each one. He told me he has sold a ton of those things over the past couple of weeks, but the thing that he has sold the most of are the Nintendo DS Lite package bundles from Costco.

My boss goes to Costco, buys these packages for $165 and then brings them back to the store and sells them for $189.99, making about $25 on each one. Over the course of 3 hours, I took 7 orders for those packages. I felt sorry for some of these people because theu obviously don’t know they are being ripped off, but then some of these people were really happy because the game that comes in the package is a game their child wanted. I guess another thing that gets to me is I am paid a salary with no comission. I sell a lot of crap, and I think for some of the things I sell I should get some sort of comission or at least some sort of praise. Maybe that is asking for too much, I don’ think so.

When someone comes in the sore, I try my best to help them in every way possible. Some guy came in looking for a certain game that we had on our internet store, but not out on the floor. This guy told me he didn’t have access to a computer and asked me if I could place the order for him in the store and let him go ahead and pay for it. I saw no problem with that so I started setting up an online order for him, but my boss looked over and saw what I was doing and said “No. He is going to have to go online and do it himself.” So I looked up at this guy and told him sorry. I turned away as the man began to leave. My boss told me we didn’t have time to do that kind of thing in the store, then he proceeded to surf MySpace.

I don’t get my boss sometimes, he wants to make all the money he can, but when has the opportunity to make $10 right then and there, he refuses the offer. I don’t see what the big deal would have been with ordering that guy the video game right there, but apparently my boss did. As the day went on, my boss became more and more frustrated because I wasn’t going at “normal” speed or doing things the “right” way according to him. Forgive me, but this is my first day back at work in 4 months. Of course I will be a little rusty, give me a break.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a little better. I will report back tomorrow on my second day of work.

I start back at work Monday

Monday, today, I start working again. Or should I say, I start “working” again.

I work at a videogame/DVD store. We rent and sell videogames and DVDs. We also have a LAN center in the back of the store where littles kids come a play computer games all day while I baby-sit them. That is what my job is, baby-sitter.

It amazes me how much money parents will spend to keep their kids occupied. Some parents spend $25 or more, a week, for their kids to come to my store and play on the computer all day. That $25 only goes to time on their accounts. Parents have to leave enough extra cash for food and drinks during the day as well. These parents must spend around $100 a month. I don’t see why the parents don’t invest that money on a computer for their homes? Unless, of course, my place of work is a safe-haven for their kids and it also allows the parents quiet time.

9:30 will be coming way too soon. I need to get some sleep so I am prepared for a day of sitting behind a counter, surfing the net, and taking money from little kids.

I will report on how my day is going. Wish me luck.

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.