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Tabletop Fireplace Fits Better In Cramped Apartments

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There’s something about a crackling fireplace that just screams Holiday Season, but that’s a luxury that apartment dwellers have long ago given up. It doesn’t have to be that way, and The Tabletop Fireplace is quite possibly the easiest way to approximate the experience, without burning the whole building down. It’s a self-containing fireplace that burns recycled liquid ethanol and gives off nothing more than CO2 and water vapour in the process. The flame gets up to around 7″ high, which is quite a bit less than a legit fireplace, but come on people… call it a compromise. For a bit of festive spirit right on your kitchen table, you’ll have to spend $160.

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The Only Thing That’s Better Than Receiving This Holiday Season, Is Giving

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Last time I brought up CapitalOne’s #WishForOthers campaign, I tried to make a case for why my lifelong friend JS was a good candidate for receiving my #WishForOthers this Holiday season. Wish For OthersThe truth of the matter is, CapitalOne wants to bring awareness to the simple fact that as much fun as it is to receive stuff during this time of year, nothing can replace the warm and fuzzies you get when you give something to some other deserving soul instead.  That’s why they’ve launched the Wish For Others campaign; it’s an opportunity for readers to share their wish for someone else, and where they stand a chance of having these wishes fulfilled.

The fact is we all have someone in our lives that can either benefit from having you give them something, or even from just learning about the spirit of giving.  Children look up to their parents for behavioral cues, and everything they learn in infancy they will carry with them into adulthood.  One way to foster this spirit is to invite your kids to make lists of what they’d like their siblings to receive, rather than drawing up a Santa’s Letter asking for stuff for themselves.  If you don’t have kids, you can still find worthy candidates in your life if you look hard enough: what about a member of the armed forces?  A struggling small business owner who could use a little care and compassion? That neighbor who was nice enough to lend you his lawnmower when yours broke down?

Whatever it is, we encourage you to enter the campaign and share your wish for others, this Holiday season; they just might come true! You can do so by tagging @CapitalOne on Twitter, or by visiting their Facebook page or Wish For Others website.

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

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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

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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

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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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