That’s A Wrap!

Remember how your mom would say, “Just make me something,” when your six-year-old self asked what she wanted for Mother’s Day?  Well, your sweet Mom wasn’t just teaching you how to save pennies.  She was trying to tell you that she really did, in fact, love homemade gifts.  Ten years down the road, that drawing of her you did using all the colors of the crayon box is going to be preserved in a drawer.  Handmade gifts are fossils from our childhoods that moms love revisiting.  Now, things are a little different as we grow up.  I’m certainly not saying break out the Crayola boxes this year for Mother’s day (because, let’s face it, that’d be pretty lame) but there is still something artistic about purchased gifts: the wrapping.

Cutting wrapping paper

I know, I know, you think that spending oodles more money on wrapping paper, ribbons, and a card is silly, especially after you’ve just dropped dough on the actual gift.  But the way you present your gift is important.  Saying, “Sorry, I didn’t have time to wrap it,” just doesn’t cut it anymore and just throwing something in a gift bag is equally as offensive.  When you don’t make your gift look presentable, it sends the message that the recipient is a hassle and that they’re not worth it to you.  Put in the same time and effort you would have done when you were little and make your mom feel extra special.  She deserves it. 

And (the good news) there are really cool ways that you can decorate your gifts without breaking the bank (or without spending any money at all).

In Japan, they wrap presents with fabric cloth, called a furoshiki, that’s tied around at the top.  It’s pretty, festive, and really great especially if your Mom likes sewing or fabrics.  And, if you’re no pro at tying fabric around gifts, you can jazz it up with some pretty ribbons.  It’s a-okay to have fun and be creative with it.  Even if it doesn’t look like Martha Stuart got her hands on it, the time that you put into wrapping will show and that’s what counts.

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Mothers Are Awesome

Mothers are awesome. Let’s face it: no one else would have changed our diapers and still thought we were cute. And on the second Sunday in May (that’s Mother’s Day, and now you have no excuse), many moms are honored with beautiful bouquets, divine chocolates, and great gift baskets. But not all are so lucky. Every year, some children give their mothers astonishingly awful presents. So, when picking out gifts for your leading ladies this year, rest assured that you can rule these options out:

Mothers Day Gift

Bras

A poor choice for two reasons: 1. No one should look at a bra and say, “My mom would stun in that,” and 2. You may get the size wrong. It may not seem it, but there’s a huge difference between a 32B and 36C. Let’s try and not remind our mothers how perky their breasts were before years of breastfeeding.

Scales, Nutrisystem, or anything else related to dieting

Nothing says, “I love you, Mom,” like pointing out that she’s gained weight. Again, we did some damage to that body. Don’t rub it in.

Cacti Plants

Right. Because that’s what every hard working woman who raised you wants: a prickly plant with absolutely no personality.

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Strange Easter Traditions

I was under the illusion that we didn’t have any strange traditions in America. But then I started thinking about it – about the strange things we do around the holidays – and I realized we have some really bizarre rituals. Basing warm weather on a groundhog’s shadow? Come on. Who are we? So, since Easter’s on its way, I decided to investigate strange traditions and customs affiliated with the holiday. Here, in America, we have the classic egg rolling competitions, colorfully decorated Easter eggs, and an oversized rabbit that drops off baskets of candy. These traditions sound pretty weird, but in comparison with those from around the globe, the old U.S. of A. is looking pretty tame…

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Things to Never Include in Easter Baskets

Easter Morning: you run into the living room (or wherever you guys stashed your baskets) and there, before your eyes are those brightly wrapped baskets. Decked out with pink cellophane, stuffed with neon green grass, tied ribbons cascading from wicker handles, the basket sits still waiting for you, filled with… things.

Puppy-Easter-Basket

You can’t tell exactly what they are – the things – because your parents strategically wrapped them so that the only way you can discover what treasures await you is to unwrap the basket in its entirety. (Maybe your parents didn’t do this. Maybe you weren’t a nuisance. Maybe this was my parents’ way of getting back at me. Who knows.) So, anyway, your fingers tear at that cellophane. You plunge that fateful hand into the depths of the basket to retrieve fistfuls of candy, small toys, and whatever else your parents deemed worthy.

But that was when you were young. Now, you’re the MC of this Easter ritual. Picking out the right stuffers for an Easter basket sounds like a tricky job, but you’ll do just fine…just stay clear of these awful Easter basket items:

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