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This Restaurant Lets People Trade Their Crappy Gifts for a Gift Card

White Elephant Gift Exchange

It happens every year. It’s true that the thought behind the present matters the most, but some are just so bad or so ugly that the gift itself has no true value in your life. (In short, you’ll never use it, wear it, or display it around your house.) With this in mind, Houlihan’s Restaurant put on their thinking hat and came up with a promotion that will let people trade in their ugly presents for something else that could be better.

To sweeten the deal, all participants stand a chance to win a $25 gift card that they can spend at the restaurant. The only condition is that the presents can’t cost more than $10. To join in on the fun, send in your unwanted White Elephant presents to Houlihan’s at 8700 State Line Rd., Suite 100, Leawood, KS, 66206. They’ll send you a random present for your troubles that might come with the bonus gift card if you happen to be the lucky winner.

Gifts must be received by January 3rd, 2014.

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Bah, Humbug! Candy Cane: No Flavor, No Stripes, No Christmas Spirit

Bah Humbug Candy Cane

Not feeling the Christmas spirit? Bogged down with so much work that you feel like being a Scrooge this year? You don’t have to give up your love for candy canes even though you might not be feeling the holiday cheer. If the usual red and green stripes are rubbing you off the wrong way, then you can simply go for the Bah, Humbug! Candy Cane. It’s got no flavor (no peppermint, just plain candy!), no stripes (you can’t go wrong with pure white), and no Christmas spirit (I’m not sure this is a good thing, but if you aren’t feeling it, then why force it?)

It’s the kind of thing that goes perfectly hand-in-hand with the Gift of Nothing. The Bag! Humbug Candy Cane is available online for $5.99.

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Hangover Prevention Patch: Can You Drink To Your Liver’s Discontent?

hangover-prevention-patch-300x250 There are those who will believe the above patch works wonders, and those who’ll throw the science at you. Honestly, we tend to stand on the side of science, so be warned that the ByTox hangover prevention patch may not do anything at all. But if you’ve got several drinking sessions ahead of you, it’s going to cost you all of $4 to add an extra layer of “protection”. ByTox is a patch worn on the skin that purports to replenish vitamins and “acids your body loses” while you drink, and reduces the effects of the next day’s hangover. Honestly, you’d be much better off drinking liquids with electrolytes (like Gatorade) alongside the alcohol you imbibe, but that’s sometimes hard to do in some settings. There might be a placebo effect at work here, so it might be worth a try.

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The ‘Gift Of Nothing’ Is The New Coal In Your Stockings

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It used to be that if you’d been “naughty”, you’d get lumps of coal in your stockings. Or at least that’s what you were supposed to get but hey, you never really did. But with the above “Gift Of Nothing”, you really can give the person who has everything the one thing they don’t have: nothing. It’s a simple plastic sphere filled with not a single thing but air, but it’s also a few other things at the same time: a philosophical rumination on the semantics of “having everything”, a tongue-in-cheek way of getting out of buying an actual present, and a good way to be a shitty friend/family member if you actually go through with not buying a real present.

Think of it as a gag, we suppose. Something you give to look at the person’s face, before you pull out the real present. It’s $5.67, which isn’t all that much for a joke.

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Christmas Dinner In A Can For Those Too Busy Gaming To Bother Cooking

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Hot on the heels of last August’s 12 course meal in a can comes news from the UK of a Christmas dinner in a can, allegedly being sold by gaming retailer GAME. It’s called the Christmas Tinner, and is supposed to contain the following:

Layer one – Scrambled egg and bacon

Layer two – Two mince pies

Layer three – Turkey and potatoes

Layer four – Gravy

Layer five – Bread sauce

Layer six – Cranberry sauce

Layer seven – Brussel sprouts with stuffing – or broccoli with stuffing

Layer eight – Roast carrots and parsnips

Layer nine – Christmas pudding

We have to admit, that sounds tasty. And looks awful. And the only reason it’s being marketed to gamers is because, well, GAME is supposed to be selling it. But here’s the thing: it’s “sold out”. And it’ll only be available Christmas 2014, if that. Frankly, we’re smelling a hoax but we could be wrong. Any of you managed to buy this? They’d allegedly sold for £1.99 (roughly $3.30).

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Tactical Christmas Stocking Brings In A Little Military Flair During The Holidays

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Featuring MOLLE straps, this Tactical Holiday Stocking is sure to make any law enforcement family smile a tiny bit more every time they looks towards the fireplace.

Each stocking is made from heavy duty nylon, has 2 quick-release clips on the toe, an easy grip top handle, and swivel carabiners on the top and at the ankle making them a cinch to hang from the fireplace mantel.

It’s $20.

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Happy Ugly Holidays: Design Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Christmas is the season for holiday cheer and ugly Christmas sweaters. The latter is more like a running joke these days, with folks gifting friends, family, and loved ones with atrocious-looking sweaters that get a huge round of laughs the moment the presents are opened. Personally, ugly sweaters are starting to grow on me. Maybe I’ve just seen too much of them, but a lot of them look so bad and outrageous that they almost look good.

This time around, you can take on a more active role in creating an ugly Christmas sweater using Coke Zero’s ugly sweater generator. Once you’re done with your masterpiece (or loserpiece, because the uglier it is, the better), get your friends to vote on your design. If you land in the top 100, Coke will have someone knit your design and send it to you with their compliments.

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Spot the Nots: Miniature Christmas Candle Holders Bring Something New to the Nativity Scene

Christmas Theme Candle Holders

The countdown to Christmas continues. We’ve looked at Christmas trees and ornaments and even houses that exuded the holiday vibe in their own little way. But one thing we haven’t covered yet is the nativity scene, which captures the true meaning and essence of Christmas. As a kid, my mom and I would do some crafts and use recycled materials to recreate the scene so we could display it at the foot of our tree. That tradition slowly died out as I grew up, but it’s a tradition that’s waiting to be restarted with the birth of my beautiful niece.

Until then, we’ve had to make do with alternatives that didn’t require as much effort (since all we had to do was buy them), like this exquisitely-made miniature Christmas candle holder set. It’s a different take to the usual scene, and for two very obvious reasons. Can you spot the nots?

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Treeasy is a Minimalist Christmas Tree That’s Easy Peasy to Set Up

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‘Tis the season to be jolly–and to be lazy! Good food, endless parties, and good friends and family all around? That’s the Holidays in a nutshell (at least, for me.) If you can’t muster up the energy to put up your usual tree and trim it this year, then here’s a bit of advice: go get the Treeasy instead.

As its name suggests, the Treeasy is a minimalist tree that’s easy to put up. It arrives as a flat sheet of aluminum, but pull and fold it up in all the right places and you’ve got yourself a tree.

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