The best gifts provide an experience. I’ve created these gift kits where you can give one item or all items, depending on your budget. They include some of my most beloved possessions and most of this stuff is available online. Almost all of these items are available on Amazon Prime too, so you can wait until the last minute.
The Kardashian Starter Kit
I always say: the secret to gift giving is to give someone something they wouldn't buy for themselves. Every She, He, and Ze is curious about Kylie Jenner's lipkit. It arrives beautifully packaged, with a "handwritten" note from Kylie herself. This box is the perfect vessel to create a Kardashian Starter Kit for your loved one. Once the lipkit arrives, go to Dollar Tree and get other items that align with the Kardashian brand. Fake nails, fake eyelashes, a mini picture frame for Khloe's mugshot, etc. Put it all in the Kylie Lipkit Box and tie a ribbon around it. If your loved one is really special, include Kim Kardashian’s photo book, Selfish.
The Weekender Kit
This kit will give anyone a good day off. It’s all items they’ll use again and again, whether they’re traveling or just going to the park for a picnic. Anyone who knows me knows that I stay in my Zella Live In Leggings. They are great quality and the fabric doesn't even thin where my thighs rub together. These leggings absolutely live up to their name. Also, they are available in a range of sizes. This is unlike LuLuLemon, whose founder once said of their leggings, "They don't work for certain women's bodies." Everybody needs a solid go-to pair of leggings, even people larger than a size twelve. To make this the full weekender gift kit, pair with a blanket, water bottle, crew neck sweatshirt, duffle bag or grocery gift card.
The Multi-tasker Kit
Wires are disgusting to look at! The Roku Stream Stick is the best option. If your TV has an HDMI input, you can just stick the Roku stick in and it's unseen. There are other brands that make similar ones, I just have the Roku one. The second thing to complete this gift kit is a 10 foot iPhone charger. That way, your friend can have their eyes on as many screens as possible and not have the anxiety of losing battery. A true luxury.
Pussy Power Kit
Instagram is the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind gifts from small shops like ButtnBooty ;). That’s where I found these feminist gifts. They are more relevant now than ever. Also, YVNG PEARL is donating 50% to Planned Parenthood right now! This is the perfect gift kit for any nasty woman.
The #Snapshot Kit
Supply your friend with everything they need to capture the night. My Instax Camera is one of my favorite things. Honestly, buy this one for yourself. I will buy a 20 picture pack of film before every event I host. It soothes my anxiety of losing my pictures in a digital black hole. Also, you can't take a bad photo with these cameras. The lighting is divine every time. If you already have your own, here's another idea: If your friend is hosting a holiday party, a great hostess gift is to take your Instax camera and take snapshots throughout the night. Then, put them all in this Instax Photo Album, and present her with it at the end of the night. It's like an IG hashtag in real life.
The Long Distance Kit
This one is really easy. At Greetabl.com you can send personalized gifts to anyone across the country. You can pick the printed pattern on the box, the photos included and what goes inside. Maybe some champagne gummy bears will ease your long distance love’s pain of being apart on New Year’s Eve. If flights are too expensive to come home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, send your Mom some essential oil and Dad some cocktail bitters.
All About You Kit
I saw Bella Hadid wearing a name necklace. You can easily get one on Amazon. Literally type in your friend’s name with the word "necklace" or "keychain" or "bottle opener" next to it. You can easily personalize tons of items on Amazon with anything you want. Write something sweet or salty.
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In his almost 30 year career, actor and comedian David Spade has been nominated for only 1 Emmy and 2 Golden Globes, both for his work on the sitcom “Just Shoot Me!” (his Kid’s Choice nom for his voice work in “Emperor’s New Groove,” which is in itself a MASTERPIECE, is a whole different conversation). While this is a distinction anyone should be proud of, to me, it is simply not enough. I’ll tell you why — for 39 episodes, Spade played C.J. Barnes on the ABC sitcom “8 Simple Rules.” Joining the sitcom in 2004 after the unexpected death of star John Ritter, I’ve long held the view that Spade’s work on the show (and the work of the entire cast, really) has long been criminally underrated.
Both Spade and the late James Garner were given the very difficult task of becoming series regulars on a show that was still reeling from the sudden loss of a beloved American actor. How do you incorporate the death of Ritter’s character on a family-friendly show and still keep the audience laughing? How do you find humor when both the characters on the show and the actors who play them are truly devastated? One need only look at the introduction actress Katey Sagal gave on the first few episodes that aired after Ritter’s death to see the raw emotions that the cast were dealing with when they went back to work. Yet humor was certainly to be found in the second era of the show — enter David Spade and his signature style of comedy, dry and sarcastic as ever but always lovable.
Having great comedic timing during a tragic event is one of the more difficult aspects of being a successful comedian. Spade’s comedic mannerisms proved to be perfect for filling the void. Spade’s range as C.J. Barnes is impressive — at times he’s just the loser nephew who moves into the family’s basement, but at other moments he’s the glue that’s holding the hurting family together, the family member who’s always there to listen when you need it. C.J.’s antics were hilarious because they were representative of the family member you both love and can’t stand at the same time. The family member who is childish in their constant nagging but mature in their fierce loyalty. C.J. could zing the deadpan insults in true Spade style, his unmistakable voice perfect for any punchline. Spade is the king of the wisecracker, but “8 Simple Rules” allowed him to prove that there can be heart behind the punch, too.
There's no doubt that Spade had some tough shoes to fill and effortlessly nailed it, becoming a sitcom favorite alongside co-stars Katey Sagal and Kaley Cuoco. While “8 Simple Rules” continually suffered from low ratings and likely isn’t considered by most to be a timeless sitcom, I will always argue the case that it’s one of the better early 2000s sitcoms and definitely one of the better family-oriented shows. To me, the chemistry of the ensemble cast made me truly feel that I was entering a real family’s living room whenever I watched the show — and I remember David Spade being there to prove that, amidst all the jokes, home really is where the heart is.
NOTE: I did not grow up liking onion rings. I only recently got into onion rings, just like I only recently got into jalepeño poppers
Here is a guide to the best fast food onion rings.
Sonic has the best onion rings. Sonic is on the way home from my work. If it was an especially bad (or good) day I will get onion rings. Sometimes if it was just an okay day I will get onion rings. They aren’t soggy, they are soft but still crunchy, and they taste really good. You might feel weird parking at Sonic and having someone rollerblade out to you when you are alone, but you need to get over that.
As Marilyn Monroe once said, “I restore myself when I am alone eating onion rings.”
Photo courtesy of Sonic.com
I never really went to Dairy Queen for food until we stopped there on the way to Florida once. The DQ I went to growing up didn’t have food. It wasn’t a grill & chill, it was just a chill. I remember the Florida DQ because that country song “I’m a little drunk and need you now,” was playing in the dining room and I loved that moment. Dairy Queen’s onion rings are almost as good as Sonic’s. They come in a little box instead of a bag and for some reason I am not as into that. I went there on Halloween this year and the drive-thru girl was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood.
Photo courtesy of Dairyqueen.com
I don’t know what Burger King’s onion rings are like because I don’t go to Burger King. It’s crazy to me BK still exists. McDonalds runs that game and BK needs to give up. McDonalds doesn’t have onion rings but you still will never catch me in line at a BK. It’s crazy to me.
I made this one in Photoshop.
Apparently Hardee’s has onion rings but I don’t go to Hardee’s because the man’s voice on the commercials doesn’t sound like he wants me to.
Photoshop. It is the same onion ring just flipped.
Jack In The Box
Jack In The Box allegedly has onion rings but I’ve never seen them on the menu. I know they have jalepeño poppers and at this point in my life I won’t do both at once. Poppers over everything right now, so I’ve also never had onion rings from Jack In The Box.
Photoshop. The onion ring is upside down now.
NEW YEAR NEW SEASON NEW BACHELOR NEW LADIES!!! Play along with us as we meet the ladies that will compete to marry Ben or date him for a little bit and then break up maybe (probably).