During the holidays, you should expect to spend even more time at the mall than you do now. Long lines, overbearing crowds and an endless shopping list can be exhausting, and will likely result in a holiday shopping trip that lasts several hours. Since you’re probably going to making a considerable investment in time, it pays off to be prepared by dressing appropriately for each expedition. Naturally, you want to dress both fashionably and practically, so here are some helpful tips for balancing both of these objectives.
1. Compact Purses
You might instinctively want to reach for your biggest bag before the trip, since you’ll likely be gone for an extended period of time. However, it’s important to pack as lightly as possible so you don’t end up weighing yourself down more than necessary. Choose a cute, compact purse—preferably one with longer straps so it can sit comfortably across your chest—and only carry essentials like your wallet, keys and ID.
It’s hard to predict the temperature of public places in the winter because they either have the heat blasting or they don’t seem to have any heat at all. You’ll want to be prepared for potential temperature changes as they occur, so make sure to either wear or bring along a comfortable cardigan to go with your outfit. Any basic colored cardigan will do. However, you can also have a little fun with this look by wearing animal prints or cute polka dot patterns to give your look a little more flavor.
3. Flat Shoes
This one might seem a little obvious, but you’d be surprised how many girls you see at the mall going all out in a pair of heels when you know their feet must be throbbing. Even though heels will certainly show off your fashionable feminine side, they aren’t exactly the most practical choice for a day of walking around the mall. Choose cute flat boots or a pair of girly ballerina flats to keep your feet as comfortable as possible for the long walk through the maze of the mall.
Want to just wear your yoga pants to the mall but don’t want to look like you just came from your morning vinyasa class? Put on a pair of comfy leggings and throw on an oversized sweater for a cute and cozy look that feels as comfortable as your pajamas. If you’re not as comfortable wearing leggings out, try a nice pair of jeggings to get the polished look of a nice pair of jeans with the comfortable feel of leggings.
In addition to comfort, you want to look cute when you go to the mall, since feeling confident and fashionable will help prevent impulsive purchasing. After all, who can resist a new pair of shoes when you’re wearing your oldest pair of ill-fitting flats? If you’ve ever been to the mall anytime after Thanksgiving, you can easily see why preparation ahead of time is the smartest way to get in and out as quickly and comfortably as possible.
Picking out anniversary gifts for your in-laws can be difficult. That may be because you have only been in the family a short time or because they are difficult to buy for. Regardless of the reason, picking out the perfect gift can be a real challenge. These suggestions might help make it just a little bit easier.
Anniversary Gifts for Couples Who Have Been Married Many Years
When picking out an anniversary gift, you will want to consider how long the couple has been together. This can have an impact on what kind of purchase you make. If your in-laws have been married for a long time, then you may want to try some of these nostalgic anniversary gifts. A book highlighting the year they got married or a newspaper from the year they exchanged vows can be a wonderful trip down memory lane.
Anniversary Gifts for In-Laws Who Travel Together
If your in-laws are retired and off traveling or enjoying activities and hobbies together, you can also find anniversary gift baskets with a travel or hobby theme or other anniversary gifts that they can use when they travel, such as a new set of luggage. That’s a gift that’s sure to come in handy.
Traditional Anniversary Gifts
Still not sure what to get your in-laws for their anniversary? How about a traditional gift, such as something made of silver for their 25th anniversary or pearl for their 30th?
No matter which anniversary gifts you decide upon purchasing, have fun. If you have enjoyed picking out the gift and put some thought into picking it, your in-laws will be thankful for your thoughtfulness and effort in getting them a wonderful gift to celebrate their special day.
Graduation is one of the most important milestones in a person’s life, and it’s one of those occasions where gifts can really help out a struggling student transitioning to bigger and better things. A lot of people resort to just giving money for graduation. And trust me, no one would complain about receiving cold, hard cash! However, if you want to give something a little more personal, check out this list of five gifts for grads that are sure to be a hit.
Even better than money, purchasing a stock for a recent graduate can get him thinking about his financial future early. Not to mention, it ensures that your cash won’t be spent immediately on graduation parties. Purchase stock from a well-known company, request a stock certificate and protect it with a specially engraved picture frame.
Graduation is typically followed by job interviews, and looking great can help your grad obtain his or her dream job. Help a female grade complete her look with tasteful dangly earrings, a chic silver necklace or some simple and stylish bracelets. Help your guy grad embellish his look with some smooth cuff links, a sophisticated watch or a professional tie.
3. Solar Chargers
Designed for a green and on-the-go lifestyle, solar chargers make sure her essential electronics are easily accessible wherever she goes. This gift is especially perfect for outdoorsy types but can be a useful tool for any grad who’s attached to his smartphone, tablet, laptop or all of the above.
Just because he’s not in school anymore doesn’t mean he should say goodbye to reading for good. If you’re not sure how to give the best advice or feel a little awkward getting sappy in a graduation card, allow the pros to express your thoughts for you. A couple of the most highly recommended titles for recent grads include “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch and “Just Who Will You Be?” by Maria Shriver.
5. Cookbook and Supplies
Whether your grad is headed off to college or the working world, there’s a good chance he’ll feel a little lost without mom’s home cooking. Unless you want him to resort to McDonald’s for every meal, do a grad a favor by giving him the tools he needs to cook for himself. A book filled with slow-cooker recipes and an accompanying Crock Pot would be one great option. Grads will likely be busy, inexperienced and probably on a budget, so look for cookbooks that accommodate all of these needs.
Remember to match your grad gift to the graduate wherever possible. For example, if your recently graduated friend or loved one is especially tech-geeky, purchase his stock from Apple and get him a Steve Jobs book. Graduating from college (and even high school) isn’t easy, so use this opportunity to really reward your grad for a job well done.