Mindy Kaling, of “The Office” and “The Mindy Project,” (also author of the much-beloved New York Times bestseller Why Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?) has consistently delighted us over and over again as a quirky Hollywood comedienne who somehow still relates to the Everywoman. In Why Not Me?, she continues to recount tales of being a Hollywood misfit at times, workplace romances gone crazy, and general anxieties over womanhood in a way as droll as it is personal and relatable.
Pulitzer-winning writer Ron Chernow tells a galvanizing and scandalous biography of one Founding Father–the famous Federalist from the $10 bill who–fun fact–could never become President because he was born in the Virgin Islands. (My U.S. History teacher is beaming from wherever at me right now).
Now an Amazon original series, this poignant alternate-history work portrays America in 1962. The bleak overview?
“Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.”
LI’L GRIPES is generally not a fan of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) gifts, regardless of the occasion. It is ridiculous to profess that purchased gifts are, by definition, less thoughtful than homemade ones. Money does not grow on trees and spending it on someone is absolutely a display of love and caring. So, it is our official opinion that, yes, you can buy love.
Now, that said, if you want to display affection through a gift crafted with your own fingers for a loved one, here is a primo suggestion apiece for him and for her, along with a completely gender-neutral gift:
FOR HIM OR HER:
A $0-gift that doesn’t basically scream “I’m either cheap or broke and/or don’t really care about you.” Make him or her a homemade documentary compiled of interviews with the giftee’s loved ones all speaking nice truths from the heart about said giftee.
*Make sure all those interviewed do not say clichéd, holiday-themed bullsh!t and that their individual messages are distinctive to their relationship with the giftee. Also, that each message lasts at least a minute.
All you need is a smartphone, if not an actual video camera and a computer video-editing program, and the iMovie app. String the interviews together with exterior shots of things the giftee loves… Cupcakes, skylines, old forests… Just make it a theme.
A piece of soft leather, 8″ x 5 1/2,” about 15-20 pieces of paper, 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2,” upholstery thread, sturdy needle, scissors, pen, ruler, ModPodge, 2 small paintbrushes, gold leaf, bone folder, tweezers
It is ridiculous to profess that purchased gifts are, by definition, less thoughtful than homemade ones.
IF THE MEN AND WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE are gadget- and/or technologically inclined, #LILGRIPES may have just become your fairy god-Santa Claus. We went digging (OK, mostly scouring through Polyvore) for some genuinely unique and utile holiday gifts to sate the Tech Lover we all possess a bit of inside.
Note: As with all items in this HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER series, we tried to keep the gifts list monetarily attainable… Also, as original as possible so… no Apple watches.
Oh, how we have taken Polaroids for granted now that the company is defunct. The boxy build of the machine itself, the energizing click of a photo being taken, and the smell and warmth of a fresh pic as it was still developing, Of course, several other companies have stepped up to the plate to imitate the look and feel of the old classic. Our favorite? The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera. It’s sleek, compact and ultra-lightweight for capturing moments on the run.
The noise-cancelling quality of bulkier headphones in a slick, jogger-friendly package. These headphones boast sweat-proof tips and a patented Sportclip design tailored for exercise, while the universal mic and remote control enable on-the-go control.
For a close-up of your subject without having to rely on that pixelating-nightmare known as digital zoom, pluck this telephoto lens onto your iPad (options for both mini and regular). The lens has a manual focusing ring and lends your resulting photos a pleasant vignette, lo-fi look. Perfect for vacay photography.
DON’T GET IT TWISTED- An “on-a-budget” present (or bundle of presents) does NOT have to involve Doing-It-Yourself. #LilGripes will share our own edition of DIY Holiday Gift Ideas, but for now, let us show you how you can purchase holiday cheer for just around $20!