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ICYMI: TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK + Gift Idea for the 6th Day of Christmas!

LIL GRIPES DASH

A Round-Up of This Week’s Top Stories:

12 Days of Christmas/Geekmas Gift Guide

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s Jyn Erso as a Funko POP! Vinyl Action Figure
  • Shirtless Norman Reedus in a Music Video
  • Chokers Back in Fashion Has Been the Greatest Gift of All to Outfits Everywhere
  • Racist Casting Outrage!
  • Give a Polaroid in the Impossible Project Polaroid 600 Instant Camera
  • Chic geek apparel for the superhero/sci-fi-hip gal c/o Superhero Den

LIL GRIPES DASH

12 Days of Christmas: ON THE 6th DAY:

GET ROGUE ONE’S JYN ERSO

Funko POP! Star Wars: Rogue One – Jyn Erso

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12 Days of Christmas: ON THE 8th AND 7th DAYS: FOR THE GEEKY HOTTIE WITH A BODY

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12 Days of Christmas: ON THE 9th DAY: MAKE IT SNAPPY!

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12 Days of Christmas: ON THE 10th DAY: RACIST CASTING OUTRAGE!

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12 Days of Christmas: ON THE 11th DAY: GIVE HER A CHOKER

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12 Days of Christmas: ON THE 12th DAY: A SHIRTLESS NORMAN REEDUS

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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER: day 6 – “For the Reader” edition

DAY 6 of Holiday Gift Ideas For Him and Her brings you stacks on stacks of reading porn for those in your life who haven’t completely succumbed to the culture of 140 characters or less.

Books are still a safe under-the-tree bet, even for members of Generation ADD. There is a subject for everyone and for every subject, there is aplenty attention-holding quality literature.

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Look, I’m a Millennial who owns (and reads) books!

IN ORDER FROM A-Z by GENRE:

  • Biography
  • Business
  • History
  • Literature/Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Self-Help

BIOGRAPHY

Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, by Jon Meacham ($17.99-$37.93)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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“Pulitzer Prize-winner Meacham paints a well-rounded portrait of our 41st president in this even-handed, meticulously researched biography.”

–BarnesandNoble.com

Why Not Me?, by Mindy Kaling ($9.31-$20.48)

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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.

Sinatra: The Chairman, by James Kaplan ($15.99-$21.45)

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THE perfect holiday gift to commemorate the Chairman’s centennial.

BUSINESS

Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies, by Charles G. Koch ($13.99-$28.33)

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The inspirational and motivating story of one of the most successful companies in the world, Koch Industries, as told by Charles G. Koch himself.

HISTORY

Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow ($13.38-$15.99)

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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).

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates ($11.99-$14.40)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER

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You heard Toni Morrison. Required reading.

LITERATURE/FICTION

 The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah ($9.99-$16.13)

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Arguably book of the year for 2015.

For Fictional Horror:

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories, by Stephen King ($14.99-$16.18)

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For Fictional Romance:

See Me, by Nicholas Sparks ($12.99-$14.56)

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POETRY

Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur ($8.49-$12.34)

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An Introduction to Poetry (13th Edition), by X. J. Kennedy & Dana Gioia ($61.93-$91.26)

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SCI-FI & FANTASY

George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons

($29.73-$34.99)

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Because duh. Is there anything else genre-wise?

The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick ($8.73-$9.99)

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WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD

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.”

 The Martian, by Andy Weir ($8.99-$16.79)

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Yes, it’s that Matt Damon movie. Highly well-reviewed  and entertaining book, too, though.

 SELF-HELP

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes ($12.99-$14.83)

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2015’s The Secret. Basically. Can’t go wrong when you go Shonda.

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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER: day 5 – “DIY” edition

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PREFACE:

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:

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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.

FOR HIM:

Leather and Gold Leaf Notebook

(for full instructions, go here)

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Ingredients:

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

 Steps:

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 It is ridiculous to profess that purchased gifts are, by definition, less thoughtful than homemade ones.

FOR HER:

Raw Crystal Necklace Display

(for full instructions, go here)

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Ingredients:

Three 12″ x 4″ x ¼” pieces of craft wood, thin paintbrush, thick paintbrush, gold paint, white paint, premium construction adhesive glue, an assortment of 18 raw crystals, non-destructive wall mounts

Steps:

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CHEERFUL CRAFTING, FILMING AND PARTIAL-SHOPPING!

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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER: day 4 – “Tech Lover” edition

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.

FOR HIM OR HER:

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera – White, $100

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 CameraIt’s sleek, compact and ultra-lightweight for capturing moments on the run.

Moschino Fresh Silicone iPhone 6 Case, $95

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By now, we have all seen our share of funky smartphone cases. There are so many we want to single out, but, by far, Moschino wins the Ingenuity (and Design) Prize for its detergent spray-shaped case.

MONSTER adidas Originals Performance in-ear remote noise-isolating headphones, €69.99

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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.

*OK, this one may be for the gals, specifically:

Skinnydip X Zara Martin Kitty Headphones, $63

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…Because why can’t you look cute while plugged in?

Mushroom LED Lamp, $43 

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This lamp does two amazing things:

1. Dims or brightens when you touch it

2. Streams music from your MP3 player

iPad Telephoto Lens, $25

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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.

For more suggestions, we are huge fans of the list Real Simple has compiled for tech lovers this season!

CHEERFUL SHOPPING!

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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER: day 3 – “On A Budget” edition

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!

FOR HIM:

A $20(ish) SOLO GIFT FOR HIM:

Throw Pillow/Indoor Cover (16″ x 16″), $18.00, $20.00

(I hate the horror film genre and even I want this throw! It scares your nightmares away?)

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OR:

AngelStar Forever Be Bold, Brave & Brilliant Art Print, $19.00

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A $20(ish) GIFT BUNDLE FOR HIM:

1. C.O. Bigelow ‘Barber’ Premium Shave Cream, $5.oo for a 1.7 oz. tube ($10.00 for a 5.2 oz. tube)

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2. Würkin Stiffs ‘Well Rounded’ Knot Cuff Links,

$9.50 (comes in both Cap and Gown and Navy and Orange – pictured below)

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Sure, high-end cufflinks make you feel like a Master of the Universe straight out of Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities.

But if you are on a budget, these extremely affordable links are so quaintly elegant with their knotted texture and pattern as well as their well-crafted glass vial.

3. Wine Away 2 oz. Spray Bottle, $5.99

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Maybe not the most glamorous gift but it will come pleeeenty in handy in the holiday season. Uncle Neil can slosh around the red wine as much as he wants–We got you.

IF THE WINE STAIN REMOVER SEEMS UNDERWHELMING PRESENTATION-WISE, WE SUGGEST THESE DAZZLING ALTERNATIVES:

Gibson Swiss Dot Round Ceramic Bowl, $4.00 _11280029OR:

KASSATEX ‘Marmara’ Turkish Cotton Wash Towel, $5.49, $9.99

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(All the men in my life could use a handsomer wash towel. This one should do the trick.)

FOR HER:

A $20(ish) SOLO GIFT FOR HER:

Bella J. ‘Warm Neutral Swirl’ Petite Eye, Cheek & Lip Palette ($75 Value) (Nordstrom Exclusive), $19.50

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A $20(ish) GIFT BUNDLE FOR HER:

1. Two’s Company Coin Purse, $8.00 (in 3 attractive varieties below)

‘Get Carried Away’

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‘Dear Wallet, Sorry for Being Empty’

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‘Spend It All and Enjoy’

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2. Urban Decay ‘Revolution – Double Shot’ Travel Size Lipgloss Duo (Limited Edition), $14.00

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 OR:

Smashbox ‘Art.Love.Color.’ Primer Duo (Limited Edition), $10.00

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(EVERY girl’s makeup could benefit from an initial primer application–Primer evens your skin out and makes your holiday look last through the night ’til morning!)

CHEERFUL SHOPPING!

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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER: day 1

EVER SINCE HALLOWEEN, the Holidays (Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanzaa/etc. etc. etc.) Gift Rush has descended upon us like a Biblical…well, Biblical blessing.

#LILGRIPES PROUDLY presents our first “GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER” article for you, our faithful readers. All gifts below are attainable price-wise.

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PRESENTS… Only good part about the temperatures dropping.

FOR HIM:

Men’s Gola by Jonathan Saunders Lace Trainer Low, $70, $120

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(GET IT BEFORE YOU OR YOUR GUY’S SIZE RUNS OUT)

For Alternatives:

We also love these Men’s Sneakers options via Bluefly– Sneakers $50-100

FOR HER:

Chloé Love Story –Eau De Parfum Spray 1 oz, $52

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CHEERFUL SHOPPING!

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