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The Comprehensive Myers-Briggs Gift Guide

Posted: 01 Dec 2015 08:15 PM PST

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Tyler Olson / Shutterstock.com

Having trouble deciding what to get your friends and loved ones for the holidays this year?

We’ve got your back.

This year, we collected the wackiest, wildest and weirdest items we could find on Shop Catalog and then categorized them by personality type. Click on your loved one’s type below to find some uniquely strange gift items that will both surprise and delight them!

Idealists: ENFJ / ENFP / INFJ / INFP

Rationals: ENTJ / ENTP / INTJ / INTP

Guardians: ESFJ / ESTJ / ISFJ / ISTJ

Artisans: ESFP / ESTP / ISFP / ISTP

For the complete Shop Catalog MBTI Collection, click here. TC mark

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide For Any Screenwriter

Posted: 01 Dec 2015 07:00 PM PST

Twenty20 / ashleyartidiello
Twenty20 / ashleyartidiello

The Holiday Season is upon us. As the Christmas music begins to play, as the decorations are adorned, and as Hanukkah traditions begin the gift giving season that carries on through Christmas and into the New Year, we begin the search for that perfect present for our significant other, family members, friends, and peers.

But what is the perfect present for that dear person you know that just happens to be a screenwriter?

We scoured the stores and the internet to find not just the most desired gifts that screenwriters would appreciate, but also those memorable ones that keep on giving.

So whether you're a screenwriter buying for yourself or you're buying for that screenwriter friend or family member, consider this guide as your festive compass guiding you to that perfect screenwriter gift.

FINAL DRAFT 9

Final Draft is the film and television industry standard screenwriting software. Many novice screenwriters opt for cheaper or free software, however, Final Draft will be offering it this holiday season for the lowest sale price of the year, $149 ($249.99 regular price). Whether you're a screenwriter treating yourself or buying for a family member or friend, this gift will be one that truly keeps on giving. Software upgrades from previous versions of Final Draft are now on sale for just $59 ($99.99 regular price), so if your screenwriting family or friend has an older version, they can enjoy the newer version with all of the updates.

SKULLCANDY UPROAR ON-EAR HEADPHONES

Screenwriters often write in bookstores, coffee shops, and sometimes in a house full of kids as they escape to a corner for some writing time. Needless to say, ambient noise can be a writer's worst nightmare. Beyond that, it's often recommended that screenwriters write to music. ScreenCraft touched on this somewhat in 5 Habits to Get Those Creative Juices Flowing. Thus a quality set of headphones can be a story telling savior for writers.

STANDING DESK

If you're looking for a big ticket item for yourself or that screenwriter you know and love, consider offering them an alternative to sitting on the couch or at that desk for hours on end. Studies have shown that sitting for hours upon hours can be hazardous for your body and your health. Standing Desks offer the benefit of better body positioning for your neck, back, wrists, hips, hamstrings, and spine. They also offer the chance to burn calories while you write.

This is a gift that will not only help screenwriters conjure more amazing stories with ease, it'll also lengthen their life.

STEPHEN KING'S ‘ON WRITING’

One of the greatest books ever written on the art and craft of writing. While the book is obviously geared towards the literary market, it has also become a staple for screenwriters as well. For a taste of what King offers, read ScreenCraft's 17 Must-Read Screenwriting Lessons from Stephen King where we take some of King's quotes from the book and apply them the art and craft of screenwriting.

‘ROBERT MCKEE'S STORY’

Robert McKee's methods of screenwriting, taught through this book and his famous seminars, stands above normal guru screenwriting books that pitch secret formulas. Instead, he breaks down the principles of substance, structure, and style adaptable for any genres. Learn more about his approach in ScreenCraft's Exclusive One-On-One with Robert McKee

‘WRITING MOVIES FOR FUN AND PROFIT’

A hilarious and quite on point look into the business of Hollywood screenwriting by two of the film industry's most successful studio writers. Screenwriters will get a look inside Hollywood and how the business side of screenwriting is. Robert and Thomas offer funny anecdotes, advice, and hard truths. While not everything they write is true for every screenwriter's journey, this book is an excellent way to understand what it's like if and when screenwriters actually make it.

‘HOW NOT TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY: 101 COMMON MISTAKES MOST SCREENWRITERS MAKE’

This book was written by a former studio script reader, giving screenwriters a look behind-the-scenes in development to learn the basic guidelines and expectations that Hollywood has for screenwriters. It's insightful with hard but helpful truths and some of the best practical and easy to implement screenwriting advice out there.

AIRBNB.COM GIFT CARD

Sometimes the best way for a screenwriter to really hunker down and make those deadlines is to get away from it all and lock themselves in a getaway house, cabin, room, etc. Whether a screenwriter is writing solo or cramming with a writing partner, a getaway for a night, weekend, or beyond is key.

Airbnb offers people a chance to do so on a budget. Even if it's a local cabin or cottage for $90 a night, the seclusion can offer screenwriters the chance to put full focus on the screenplay at hand. So $25, $50, $100 or whatever you want to offer can stand as a message to that screenwriter that they can and should get away from it all and have some time to themselves to get that screenplay completed.

Gift cards can be given any amount, big or small. While they'll still have to pay some out-of-the-pocket money to go on the trip (unless you buy a whole night, weekend, or week for them), the gesture can often be all they need to just do it.

IMDBPRO

IMDBPro is a film and television industry standard online tool. Screenwriters can utilize it for research on movies, television shows, production companies, studios, agencies, management companies, etc.

In the end, it's one of the greatest tools that screenwriters can have, as we featured in 3 Essential Online Tools for Screenwriters.

WRITERS STORE GIFT CARD

The Writers Store is a screenwriter's candy store of knowledge with software, DVD collections, books, and courses. Offering a gift card to the Writers Store would give the screenwriter the ability to choose their own gift in the end, based on their own needs and wants.

EXTERNAL BATTERY PACK FOR LAPTOPS AND OTHER DEVICES

The daily life of a screenwriter often involves trips to the local book store or coffee shop in search of those prime table locations where they can plug in their laptops or Macs. Unfortunately, there are all too often more writers at these places than there are outlets.

An external battery pack can buy your screenwriter family or friend hours of writing time.

This RAVPower model in particular stands out as one of the best available.

STREAMING DEVICES

Screenwriters need to ingest as much as they can. One of the simplest way to learn about screenwriting is to watch movies. Plain and simple. Even when seasoned screenwriters are in a rut, the best antidote is watching movies. Therefore, whatever it takes to get them into the hands of your screenwriter family and friends could very well be the best gift that you offer them. With the likes of Amazon and HBO alone offering cheap monthly streaming memberships (among many others), a streaming device is a gold mine for screenwriters.

MOVIE THEATER GIFT CARDS

The home theater doesn't always have the magic that the cinema has. Screenwriters often need a little magic so buying them gift cards for their local movie theater chain is an amazing way to get them amped up about their writing. Movies inspire and influence screenwriters. They are a go to source, thus, you're likely not just giving them a night out at the movies, but possibly the fuel to get through some writer's block.

HARD COPY SCREENPLAYS OF THEIR FAVORITE MOVIES

We live in a digital world so it's not too often where screenwriters have hard copies of screenplays anymore. If you know your screenwriter family or friend, you'll likely know their favorite movies. What better way to make a gift more unique and personal than buying them a hard copy script of those favorite movies? TC mark

This post originally appeared on the ScreenCraft blog. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions.

9 Products Every Sephora Addict Needs On Her Christmas List

Posted: 01 Dec 2015 06:00 PM PST

A superhero exfoliator

Laura Mercier
Laura Mercier

In skincare, your exfoliator does all the heavy lifting. It determines whether you skin feels rough or soft, whether it looks dry or dewey, whether the expensive serums you buy will actually absorb into your skin, etc. If anything is worth investing in vs. buying the drugstore knockoff, it’s your exfoliator and your moisturizer. Skimp on the face wash and toner, splurge on a high-end exfoliator like Origins Modern Friction or Laura Mercier’s Face Polish.

A high quality moisturizer

Korres
Korres

The other superhero in your skincare routine is your moisturizer. Sometimes with beauty stuff I’m tempted to gloss over skincare products because they aren’t as fun as a really beautiful eyeshadow palette or something, but makeup can’t trump great skin. You have to have a good place to start which includes a great moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and young looking for as long as possible. I love Korres’ Black Pine moisturizer or Origins Night-A-Mins.

The most decadent dark eye makeup

Chanel
Chanel

If you love makeup, there’s nothing more fun and exciting than an occasion to do a really decadent dark eye. Make the occasion even more special with a product you can’t wait to use. I’m obsessed with Chanel’s potted gel-cream eyeshadows because you can use them as a primer or an eyeshadow. And they just feel so fun and fancy to use.

And eye makeup for when you don’t feel like doing eye makeup

YSL
YSL

On off days when you want to look put together but you don’t want to do any putting-together work, these YSL full metal shadows are a champ. You can apply them directly to the eye with the applicator and they look understated and dewey (and actually last for five or so hours).

Fragrance

Chloe
Chloe

The holidays are the best time to ask for fragrance because you usually can find gift sets and get a lotion or a body wash and a travel roller for the same price as a regular bottle.

Oribe texturizing spray

Oribe
Oribe

If you ever see someone with great hair and you are wondering what they use, it is always Oribe texturizing spray. It builds volume and texture in your hair, but it looks and feels natural. There’s no crunch or ratty-ness. It’s the holy grail of hair products.

The black Boscia mask

Boscia
Boscia

A good mask can cover a multitude of sins. This thick black mask grabs onto your face and sucks everything out of it that shouldn’t be there. Use it once a week at marvel at how much cleaner you feel.

A really good eyeshadow palette

Chanel
Chanel

This is the category where everyone will swear up and down that the Naked line is the best. They’re right about the colors, but the shadows themselves are kind of loose and can flake down, or totally run and look awful if you’re a bit teary in the winter like I am. This palette by Chanel is similar, but a bit higher quality and stays in place better than any other eyeshadow I’ve tried. Also, the simplicity of four colors is enough to create most of the looks you want, but quicker and easier since you are limited in choice.

Baby Feet

Baby Feet
Baby Feet

This Korean beauty product is the most fun a beauty product junkie will ever have. It’s a cheap stocking stuffer that literally makes all the skin on your feet regenerate and fall off. You’ll have a few fun days of peeling all your foot skin off (seriously, its fun) and then your feet will be baby soft and new, as promised. TC mark

Grad Students I’m Looking At You: 7 Things To Get The Professional Student In Your Life

Posted: 01 Dec 2015 01:00 PM PST

‘Tis the season that you may finally get to see your favourite professional student come out of their cave for a while. "Professional student" could be grad students, postgraduate fellows, anyone going back to school, a young scholar, etc. Basically anyone you think of as being in school, in love with school, or just somehow always seems to be involved in academic life in some shape or form. If you’re wondering what to get them, just know that they are pretty much the easiest person to shop for, and all of your gifts will be used…eventually.

1. A Heated Travel Mug

 Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond

Your professional student friend can never have enough of these. In fact, if you want to go all out, you might even consider getting them a set of them – preferably with cute/inspiring quotes on them if you can make it happen. Why? Because they need all the inspiration they can get. And they want to reduce the amount of time they spend doing dishes so they can spend it on important things, like drinking a shit ton of hot beverages while crying and procrastinating their next assignment.

2. An E-book Reader

Amazon
Amazon

Whether it's a Nook, or Kindle, or iPad, and despite all the protests you might get from the traditionalists who like to "feel their pages," they are going to end up using it. Either because they realized that it's a whole lot easier to read endless articles than to carry their folder of academic articles around (that is giving them severe shoulder pain), or to play games to distract themselves from actually reading their endless amounts of articles.

3. A Spa Day

Groupon
Groupon

Remember what I said about your professional student's shoulders being in severe pain? It's a real thing. When I was in grad school, a friend eventually forced me – she forcibly removed me from my apartment – to go and get a massage because rolling my neck apparently sounded like my bones were cracking on the inside. Are they going to be very happy with you insisting that they take time out of their not-enough-sleep schedule to do this? No. Will they thank you for this afterwards? Yes.

4. A Funny Non-Academic Book (Or Two Or Three)

Jen Kirkman
Jen Kirkman

Seeing as it's the Holidays – which basically means nothing but more research to do for your professional student – it will be a much-needed fun break when they realize that they can actually read things that don't involve 18-letter names! Seriously, the book should be funny, and have absolutely nothing to do with their academic passion whatsoever. Lest they be reminded that they are spending time reading things for fun (and not work, like their entire reading experience has been reduced to doing).

5. A Wake Up Light

Amazon
Amazon

It may seem kind of silly to get your favourite professional student a wake up light because they are likely running on abnormally low amounts of sleep. But this is no ironic gift, a wake up light is the perfect light therapy for someone who probably spends way too much time hunched over a computer and research books, and has forgotten that sleep is a thing that human beings should actually aspire to doing. As opposed to “resting one's eyes” somewhere between the wee hours of the morning and dawn. Anyway, this wake up light gives the illusion of natural light and can be therapeutic – much-needed for your professional student's stress levels.

6. A Gift Card To Their Favorite Dessert Place

Molly's Cupcakes
Molly’s Cupcakes

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts, am I right?! Desserts are the best friend of professional students who sometimes go back and forth between only going to events for food, and forgetting to eat for entire days because what is food when you realized you have a 10-page paper due in 8 hours and it's noon? Nonetheless, every once in a while, your professional student might just need to cry into a half-dozen batch of red velvet cupcakes, while contemplating how to go on a second night of no sleep. That gift card to a place that sells red velvet cupcakes will come in handy.

7. A Cheque Or Cold, Hard Cash

Pixabay
Pixabay

There are many people who think giving someone cash or a cheque over the holidays is not thoughtful. Those people have never been broke in grad school, I assure you. There is not a single gift that your professional student appreciates more than cash. So be a doll, and write that cheque in their name, and in the memo, put, "Don't spend it all in one place. Just kidding – pay your phone bill on time next month." Wow, this just got too real for some of you didn't it? TC mark

Guys, Here’s The Best Gift-Giving Guide For The Girl You Just Started Dating

Posted: 01 Dec 2015 12:00 PM PST

Twenty20 / stefiakti
Twenty20 / stefiakti

Every year, once we get past Thanksgiving and Black-Eye Friday and the Christmas Shopping Season officially begins, young men around the world start to panic as they wonder: "What the hell do I get my girlfriend for Christmas this year?"

It's a trickier question than you'd think. Gift giving, whether at Christmas, Valentine's Day or a birthday, can be fraught with insecurity and peril, especially when you're at the beginning of a new relationship – or worse, are still in the "are we/aren't we" stage of dating. It's a delicate balancing act: if you spend too much, too early in the relationship, you risk coming off as though you're starting to get clingy and desperate. On the other hand, spend too little and you look like you don't care at all.

And then there's the eternal question of "what do you get"? Do you go with the practical or the romantic? The sentimental or the sexual? How do you thread the needle when it feels like every gift is practically soaked in unspoken messages about commitment, intent and expectations?

The longer you're together, the easier some questions get, but then you still have to walk a tightrope of sweet vs. sappy, traditional vs. original… it can be maddening.

Fortunately, I'm here to help you through all of this.

Navigating The Price/Relationship Axis

The trickiest part of holiday shopping for a young (or entirely unofficial) relationship is understanding the relationship between the length and type of your relationship and the budget for the gift. After all, no matter how much we try to tell ourselves that a gift is just a gift, what you give to your sweetie carries an intrinsic message about how you feel about them and your relationship.

Don't believe me? Ask around; buying expensive or outrageous gifts when you're still early in the relationship is going to be a huge red flag to the majority of people. It's an extension of the Grand Romantic Gesture that looks great in movies but actually freaks people out in real life. One of my best friends once got a ring for Christmas from her boyfriend.

They'd started dating on December 12th.

It wasn't cute or romantic, it was creepy. It screamed neediness and serious over-attachment.

There are plenty of men – myself included – who've made the mistake of overcommitting on a gift too early in the relationship. Sometimes it was an innocent mistake. Sometimes we legitimately were trying to bowl them over and effectively buy their affections. Either way: at best it's going to send very awkward messages. At worst… well, it can be the incident that causes your honey to start rethinking how they feel about you.

If you want to avoid sending the wrong message with your gift and signaling that you might have gotten overly attached too quickly, you need to navigate the Price/Relationship axis. You have to take into account how long you've been dating and – critically – what kind of relationship you have together. The longer you've been together, the more flexibility you have… but whether you're exclusive or not will still influence what is and isn't appropriate for a gift.

Fortunately, it's fairly simple. Here's a handy rule of thumb for potential gift budgets:

1 to 4 dates: a card. Maybe a home cooked dinner and a good bottle of wine. I recommend a Nero d'Avola personally. Seriously, at this stage, you're still getting to know one another. Anything more than this and it's going to make you look like you're already thinking about what to name your kids. This is doubly true if you haven't had sex yet.

1 to 3 months: You're going to want to use how often you see each other as a gauge here. If you're seeing each other once or twice a week, then you want to consider something heartfelt and fun but relatively cheap: no more than $30 on the outside edge, plus dinner. You're having fun, but it's not serious yet. Anything more substantial than, say, a book by her favorite author is going to be a bit much. If you're seeing each other upwards of three times a week, you're starting to move into more serious territory and you have slightly more flexibility in gifts. At the same time however, if you haven't had the "Defining The Relationship" talk – you're not exclusive or otherwise a "serious" relationship – then you want something cute and fun that reflects the fact that you've been enjoying your time together. Giving something practical like, say, cookware, implies a more committed relationship than you actually have. Concert tickets, especially for a band she likes, are a great idea here.

4 to 5 months, casual relationship: Same as above, but a gift of $50 at the most isn't outside the realm of reasonability.

4 to 6 months, serious relationship: You're in the "new relationship" stage, which means everything's likely hearts and cartoon birds and barely being able to keep your hands off one another. This is the honeymoon period – sweet and sappy gifts are going to be the most appreciated. At the same time, you don't want to go overboard in terms of buying presents – going over $75 (depending on your budget) is still going to carry some emotional heft. One of your best bets is something that you can do together. You're also starting to enter the period where jewelry isn't a bad idea – something small and simple, like a pendant or earrings – but avoid anything with gems. This is also a good time to prowl through Amazon wishlists for inspiration.

7+ months: Honestly, at this point, you're presumably in a well established relationship. You should have a pretty solid idea of what your sweetie is into and is appropriate. I will point out that at this stage, practical gifts are more acceptable, especially if you're living together. Just be sure that it's something she's expressed interest in; it wins you extra brownie points for being considerate and paying attention. One thing I will suggest is that the longer you've been together, the better it is to have at least one seriously romantic gift. In long term relationships, taking time to be romantic and remind your honey that you care is a big part of relationship maintenance.

Keep in mind: these are just a guide. Every relationship is different and proceeds at its own pace; you'll know better than me whether your snugglebunny would prefer a Le Creuset dutch oven over a bracelet or if she thinks cute knick-nacks are just one more thing that need to be dusted. And with that in mind:

Do Your Research

One of the keys to picking the perfect gift is keep her personality and interests in mind. Some women are far more likely to want something useful than something schmoopy, while others will love you forever if you buy her an Assassin's Creed Eagle hoodie or a PotatOS.

But when you want to show that you care, you want to go the extra mile… especially if you're not necessarily into or don't really understand her interests. The more you can show that not only do you appreciate their passions – even if you don't share them – but you care enough to invest in them, the more beloved your gift will be. This means being willing to do the research when it comes to what somebody who engages in her hobbies might really love.

To give one example: one of my friends effectively won Christmas forever by buying his wife a single chef's knife. She was a devoted cook and who read William-Sonoma catalogs the way other people watch porn. He, on the other hand, could barely boil water without setting off the smoke alarm. But he went out of his way to buy the best chef's knife he could find – in this case a high-carbon steel gyutou. It was perfectly balanced and razor-sharp, with just the right amount of heft while still being sized for her hand… and it was possibly the greatest thing he could have gotten her. It said that while he may not have quite understood her love of cooking, he was willing to do the footwork to find something that she would really appreciate instead of trusting to luck or just buying something because the clerk behind the counter told him would be good.

Of course part of what helps when you're checking with the experts is to make sure you know what she already has… after all, buying a gamer a copy of Assassin's Creed 4 when she already has it won't work, and buying Forza when she's not into racing games is just going to mean that she's going to want to trade it in when you're not looking. The best way to avoid that issue? Well…

Build A Cheat Sheet

Want to look like a genius? Put a cheat sheet together. If you have a smartphone then you have the ultimate tool at your fingertips: with the ubiquity of cloud-syncing services like Evernote, you can access any necessary information in seconds no matter where you are.

Here are the basics of what you need to have listed:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Bra Size
  • Shirt Size
  • Pants Size (Note: when dealing with women's clothing, this is going to vary drastically depending on designer.)
  • Underwear size
  • Ring size
  • Favorite color

This helps ensure that if you decide to buy, say, a dress you think she would love, then you're going to know that it fits right. If you want to go the extra mile, then include the following information:

  • Favorite fabric
  • Preferred cut of pants/shirt
  • Favorite designer
  • Favorite store
  • Favorite make-up
  • Favorite scent
  • Favorite TV show
  • Favorite movie
  • Favorite author
  • Favorite band
  • Favorite game

You can also use this cheat sheet to discretely keep track of things they've mentioned before… as well as the things she doesn't like. She loves Game of Thrones but has been waiting for a sale before getting the Blu-Rays? Goes on the list. She likes a particular brand of accessories? On the list. She thinks certain tops just never work on her? Goes on the list. It's incredibly simple and makes you look like the best, most attentive boyfriend/husband/what-have-you in the world.

When In Doubt, Go For (Offbeat) Instant Romance

Sometimes you are just going to draw a blank. Even when you've been with your partner for months or even years, it can be a little daunting to find something that will not only make them smile but will say that you put some thought into this. That's why sometimes the best gifts are often the ones that are simple and romantic, especially if they're mementos and reminders of your relationship together.

Photos are especially good… but you want to go the extra mile? Do something different with them. Printing a favorite photo on wood, for example, gives it an extra level of texture and artistry that it didn't have before, turning a couple's selfie into something special. There are several services online that print photos in many different media, including canvas, aluminum, wood or even on chocolate.

Another option, especially if you're dating someone geeky or who is deep into various fandoms: commission an artist to do an illustration for them. A simple portrait of your sweetie dressed as Sherlock, a cartoon of them with the Doctor, even just a picture of a smirking Damon Salvatore… no matter what, it will be utterly unique to them and incredibly special. There are literally thousands of amazing artists on DeviantArt who take commissions. Price is going to vary by size, complexity and the popularity of the artist, so be sure to do some research first.

You might also want to look into experiences as gifts – special events or lectures she might be interested in, classes she'd been dying to take, even taking her to an indoor skydiving session. One friend took his girlfriend to a wine-and-chocolate tasting event led by a local celebrity chef, combining various vintages and wines with artisanal chocolates. They may not be the cheapest of gifts, but they'll be things she will remember fondly for years to come.

On occasion, it's also good to just go completely sappy. One of my friends gave his girlfriend a key-shaped USB; he called it "The Key to the Tardis" because it was bigger on the inside than on the outside. When plugged in, it became a virtual scrapbook of their relationship together. He'd filled it with digital memorabilia: photos of them together, videos they'd taken on trips together, letters they'd written to each other, even several themed playlists that she could load up in iTunes. It was very simple and incredibly heartfelt. She thought it was the most romantic thing anyone had ever done for her.

True, trying to figure out what to get your sweetie for Christmas, her birthday or any other holiday can be stressful. But with a little thought and some care, even the simplest gifts can be the ones she'll treasure for a lifetime. TC mark

Explore Harris’ book, New Game+ for more inspirational dating advice here.

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The Ultimate Gift Guide For Your Horror-Obsessed Friend

Posted: 01 Dec 2015 11:00 AM PST

15 Gifts Under $20 For The College Crew That’s Ballin’ On A Budget

Posted: 01 Dec 2015 10:00 AM PST

1. Brass Ligher: $14.17.

For the wannabe gangster.

Zippo Brass Lighter
Zippo Brass Lighter

2. Gilded Thermos: $19.99.

For the friend who has champagne tastes, but can’t afford Mo√ęt.

LifeSky Stainless Steel Insulated Travel Coffee Mug
LifeSky Stainless Steel Insulated Travel Coffee Mug

3. Hello Kitty Shot Glasses: $18.99.

For literally any friend with a drinking habit and respect for Japanese royalty.

Vandor Hello Kitty Glass Set
Vandor Hello Kitty Glass Set

4. Gold Rolling Papers: $13.79.

For the sophisticated stoner (real 24 karat gold y’all, believe it or not).

Shine 24K Gold Rolling Papers
Shine 24K Gold Rolling Papers

5. Hella Cute Hoops: $13.

For the girl who’s been asking for them.

Small Hoop Earrings
Small Hoop Earrings

6. Flask Gift Set: $17.87.

For the bougie man’s man in your life (complete with two fancy stainless steel shot glasses and a funnel).

Stainless Steel Flask Gift Set
Stainless Steel Flask Gift Set

7. Pothead’s Mug: $11.99.

For the coffee addict with a sense of humor (and a blunt always lit).

Funny Mug
Funny Mug

8. Wine Lover’s Phone Case: $10.99.

For the wino who also loves her phone. So, for every woman you know.

Red Wine Screen Protector
Red Wine Screen Protector


9. Lavender Pillow Spray: $8.27.


For the friend who always needs a good night’s sleep.

Aura Cacia Lavender Mist
Aura Cacia Lavender Mist


10. Stress Relief Candle: $18.49.


A little aromatherapy for the friend who needs to chill the fuck out.

Bath And Body Works Aromatherapy Candle
Bath And Body Works Aromatherapy Candle

11. Fuzzy Socks: $11.99

For the friend who doesn’t have them, but desperately needs them.

MABUA Fuzzy Socks
MABUA Fuzzy Socks

12. Carhartt Beanie: $7ish.

For the friend whose wardrobe is lacking this classic, construction worker’s staple.

Carhatt Acrylic Watch Hat
Carhatt Acrylic Watch Hat


13. Copper Christmas Lights: $17.99.


A fancy take on classic dorm room decor, for the friend whose spot could use some pizazz.

TaoTronics Copper Wire Lights
TaoTronics Copper Wire Lights

14. An Educational Ass Read: $9.54.

A fantastic book for the under-stimulated millennial mind.

The Defining Decade
The Defining Decade


15. Whiskey Stones: $17.92.


For the all American hero with a mild drinking problem.

ACE Whiskey Stones
ACE Whiskey Stones

TC mark

A Nostalgic Gift Guide For Your Friend Who’s Obsessed With The 90s

Posted: 01 Dec 2015 08:00 AM PST

1. Knee socks to bring out her inner Cher Horowitz. 

Amazon
Amazon

Available in seven different colors, these button boot socks with lace trimming will allow her to embrace her unique, classic style – no matter how cold it is outside.

2. And these thick, comfy Boho-knitted leg warmers.

Amazon
Amazon

For when her jeans or leggings need a little extra help keeping her legs warm and cozy.

3. The strawberry-themed cat-eye sunglasses that have been missing from her life until this moment.

Amazon
Amazon

The cute frames and adorable design will have her feeling like she just walked off the set of Wish Upon a Star.

4. A ‘Made in the 90s’ flowy tank top. 

Amazon
Amazon

Available in seven colors and made out of soft, lightweight material, it’s the perfect choice for a long run, a sunny day out on the porch, or (most likely) a Netflix marathon.

5. And this ‘Made in the 90s’ crop top to go with it. 

Amazon
Amazon

Because who wouldn’t want this?

6. Yin-Yang earring studs to thrill her inner tween. 

Amazon
Amazon

A great stocking-stuffer or easily-transportable gift (if you’re traveling) to bring out her inner tween again.

7. A cable-knit sweater to make her feel like she’s right in the center of My So-Called Life

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Amazon

A relaxed-fit shape, warm long sleeves, and a vintage geometric pattern will have her feeling cozy, comfortable, and chic all at once.

8. Tattoo chokers, because you can’t do the 90s without them. 

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Amazon

These stretch tattoo necklaces that come in eleven colors are the perfect accessory to one of the above tank tops or crop tops.

9. A tri-color cap-sac.

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Amazon

A hat and fanny pack combined, it’s the day drinking accessory she’s needed her entire life.

10. The knee high woven socks displaying the ultimate icon of the 90s: the yellow smiley face. 

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Amazon

Complete with six assorted pairs, no explanation needed. TC mark

9 Gifts For The Girl In Your Life Obsessed With Korean Beauty Products

Posted: 01 Dec 2015 07:00 AM PST

Korean beauty products hit the American market a long time ago, but it can be an overwhelming process to find the right products–especially if the descriptions and ingredients seem foreign to you (snail creams, whitening essence, goat and/or horse milk, etc.). But I’ve been using the stuff since I was a teenager (and because my mom stockpiled every type of moisturizer, cleanser, and toner), and I’ve never strayed from some of the below items. So, for that Korean cosmetic obsessed woman in your life, here’s a comprehensive list of gift ideas for the holidays. (Note: I have not included any bb creams because I don’t believe in skin whitening.)

1. Face Shop Blemish Zero Toner

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This toner won’t leave your skin feeling ultra dry afterwards; instead, it removes any remaining debris and dirt from makeup with a clean and fresh feel. I strongly suggest pairing it with the Blemish Zero moisturizer (clinical solution) which is super lightweight and oil-free.

2. Skinfood Hydro Cream

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Amazon

Another moisturizer that works wonders for your skin, especially if you’re prone to oily zones. I’ve had bad acne problems, so I’m hesitant to try new products, but this moisturizer in particular is mild and smooth with skin-calming qualities.

3. Tony Moly Foot Peel

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Amazon

Oh, the foot peel. I tried it for the first time a couple of months ago and it freaked me out because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen to my feet. Sure enough, it was like a complete rebirth of my skin. All of the dead skin peeled off for about 3 weeks all on its own, and I mean all of it. And when that was over, my feet were the smoothest they’d ever been! I recommend only doing this once a year though — you’re basically soaking your feet in salicylic acid. Make sure you moisturize your feet after the peel, too.

4. Tony Moly Lip Mask

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Amazon

In the winter, lip balms aren’t enough for me. I think my skin has been prone to extreme dryness after I went on Accutane, so I have to moisturize all the time. Lip masks are a great way to get that extra moisture in. I suggest lying down while using the lip mask because they’re slippery.

5. Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Compact

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Amazon

Korean women are big on getting rid of face shine and controlling any excess sebum especially after applying makeup. Use this compact as the last step, and throughout the day when oil starts building up in your pores.

6. Hwan Saeng Go Emulsion

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Amazon

Okay, I’ll admit that I didn’t know what emulsion was for a long time, but my mom was always buying bottles of it. After visiting the Face Shop in K-town in Manhattan, I decided to try this one out. It’s another type of light, liquidy lotion for your face. I use this plus my Blemish Zero moisturizer when my skin is feeling drier than usual.

7. Jeju Volcanic Soil Deep Pore Cleanser

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Amazon

Jeju Island is a beautiful island near South Korea with dormant volcanoes where the ingredients in this deep pore cleanser are extracted from. It’s another product that will rid your face of excess oil. I use this once a week and then my milder Face Shop cleanser on other days.

8. Face masks

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Amazon

Face masks are the most popular among Korean beauty products, and there are a million different types it seems. However, these are the ones I typically use because they’ve been the most effective when it comes to moisturizing. And they leave my skin feeling very clean and refreshed. They also help do away with redness.

9. Innisfree Volcanic Clay Mask

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Amazon

If you use mud masks, you’ll ditch them for the Innisfree Volcanic clay mask. This mask clears out blackheads and shrinks pores, while also–you guessed it–getting rid of all that oil. Use an oil-free moisturizer afterwards because as with any clay mask, your skin will feel a bit tight. TC mark

A Gift Guide For The Badass Adventurous Woman In Your Life

Posted: 01 Dec 2015 06:00 AM PST

Is your significant other a restless adventurer? The type who'd rather be away than at home? Look no further. Her holiday wish list is right here:

1. Packing compression cubes

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"Light packing" is really about smart packing, and avid travelers agree that these sacks, which contain an extra compaction zipper, are an intelligent choice. Perfect for everything from rustic backpacking to a luxe trip to Europe.

2. LifeStraw + water bottle

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Amazon

Whether she's heading into the American wild, or to a country with poor water quality, this award winning gadget removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria. Translation: Must have.

3. Lightweight hammock

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Very simply, this snazzy nest might even be better than a hotel bed. (Or at least it's the perfect place to chill.)

4. Cross-body purse

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Amazon

When heading out, it's good to keep valuables close, and this bag is the best of the best: slash-proof, with multiple pockets, and even an LED light. Perhaps the best $35 you'll ever spend.

5. Sarong

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Amazon

Sarongs are crazy-versatile, doubling as a scarf, wrap, picnic blanket, dress, swim cover-up, and tablecloth. Grab one from a local artisan, or look for ideas .

6. Duh, a trip

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Twenty20 / teresabeans

Let's be honest: The thing she wants more than anything is an experience. So, make her a coupon, and send her as far away as your budget will allow: a weekend at a remote cabin, an Airbnb in Cali, or even on a trek through Peru.

7. Satellite messenger

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Amazon

This device works double-duty: It's a reliable way to communicate with loved ones when off the grid, and also a way to call for emergency assistance. Peace of mind in a little orange cube.

8. A mug with your picture on it

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She's gonna want her coffee on the road, and if she's out there alone, why not remind her that you're still at home? This comes in extra handy when she's, um, talking to her cute trekking guide…

9. Inspiration, between the covers

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She might already have a long "Must Visit" list, but even the most intrepid adventurer needs a creative idea now and then. Plus, it's beautiful coffee table bliss. TC mark