Bizarre gifts of 2010

16 12 2010

So, you have that person in your life that is just plain odd. (That’s probably why you like them.) Or perhaps your goal when buying gifts is for the recipient to open it and say “WTF?”

Well, here are the strangest gifts I’ve found on the internet that you can still get shipped in time for Christmas:

For the handlebar hipster: CARSTACHE

Yes, that's right. A mustache for your car,

We might all be guilty of having a little hipster trapped inside of all of us. There are some people who push the boundaries though. You know the type, maxed out their credit card at Urban Outfitters, won’t stop playing the new Deerhunter album on vinyl, wears stupid ill-fitting sweaters because they’re “vintage”….
The carstache is the perfect subtle clue that they’re taking this fad just a little too far. And if they don’t get the hint they’ll probably enjoy the hell out of it. (They even come in different colors)

For the creepy cook: FETUS COOKIE CUTTER

What’s the one thing you want to think about when you’re eating? That’s right, fetuses. Maybe you have a disturbed cousin that listens to death metal, or an aunt that is an avid pro-life supporter… Either way, this cookie cutter is sure to be a hit. And I bet Santa would still gobble down the cookies no matter what they were shaped like. (He is a fattie after all.)

For the lazy college student: GUN ALARM CLOCK

Brilliant. This hands-on alarm clock won’t shut up until you shoot the target in the center. No more excuses for missing that 8 am class, or sleeping all day after an alcohol binge. Even better gift if they’re into violence or Sarah Palin. BANG!

For the ex-girlfriend: THE GIFT OF NOTHING

You know that there’s no one that gets under your skin more than an ex. Well, ’tis the season my friend. Instead of the passive anger this year be extra spiteful and go out of your way to get that not-so-special person absolutely nothing. Extra point if there’s an “I’m Sorry” card attached.

For Grandma: THE KNITTED FROG DISSECTION

Do you have that annoying Grandmother who is always trying to teach you how to knit? Well, give her this lovely craft and she’s sure to be off your case for a while. Also an option for a science geek. (And only 8 bucks!)

Some other favorites:
THE SNUGGIE-SUTRA
THE DICK TOWEL (As seen on Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
THE BACON WALLET
THE BREATHALYZER KEYCHAIN

Merry Christmas Weirdo!

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How to conquer Cyber Monday

29 11 2010

While getting up at absurd hours in the morning and fighting hoards of shoppers on Black Friday may your cup of tea, many prefer to stay in their pajamas and take advantage of deals online.

Today is Cyber Monday, and major retailers are offering killer deals.

Here are a few hot gifts that are on sale today:


Hoodiebuddie is a brand new product that fuses fashion with function. Built-in headphones are a crucial asset for any iPod owner or workout fiend. What better gift for that young, hip person on your list? If you missed the 50% off Cyber Monday deal, you can still get 10% off by “liking” Hoodiebuddie on Facebook.


This year’s hot item, the iPad, is 10% off on eBay today.


Urban Outfitters
has unique gifts like vintage-styled roller skates and Budweiser Christmas sweaters. Many items are marked down today and shipping is free!


Get your designer shoe and clothing fix! Great site-wide Cyber Monday deals:
Piperlime: 20% off with code LUCKY20
New York & Co.: 50% off and free shipping with code 2757
Eddie Bauer: 30% off and free shipping with code CYBERDAY
Reebok: 40% off entire order and free shipping with code CYBER40
Ross-Simons: 30% off + free shipping with code 30FREESHIP through 12/01/2010
Tommy Hilfiger: 40% off and free shipping.
ZAGG: 50% off sitewide
7 For All Mankind: 50% off sweaters & outerwear w/code WS2010


Giving the gift of an experience is a nice alternative to a material gift the recipient may or may not like. You can give the gift of a great meal with dining certificates from Restaurant.com, 80% off on Cyber Monday with the code DEAL.

Sites like Groupon offer daily, localized deals on experiences (like hot air baloon rides or salsa lessons) at a discounted rate with the option of giving it as a gift or using it for yourself. You usually have about a deal to use the Groupon. Livingsocial is a similar site offering 1-day deals on restaurants, spas and events.





Wake up and taste the vino

28 04 2010

FREE wine tasting every Wednesday at West End Wine Bar.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Try loads of good wine and it’s a great event to attend with friends.

Loacated at 450 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill





We all scream for 31 cent ice cream!

28 04 2010

It’s 31 cent scoop night!

Baskin Robbins is giving away 31 cent ice cream scoops tonight from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Enjoy an after dinner snack for next to nothing!

(My favorite flavor is Love Potion #31)

Love Potion #31

Find out more

“Join us for 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin-Robbins® and help us honor America’s firefighters. The Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation is donating $100,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation™ (NFFF).

Participating stores will reduce prices of ice cream scoops to 31 cents*. At some locations, you may also have an opportunity to make a donation to your local fire charities.”
It’s 31 cent scoop night!

Nearby Locations:

Baskin Robbins
2608 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 2770

Baskin Robbins
8710 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27617

Baskin Robbins
2740 State Road 55
Cary, NC 27519

Baskin Robbins
3570 Davis Dr
Morrisville, NC 27560





UNC’s 1st Sustainable Fashion Show!! (FREE, of course)

13 04 2010

CouturEvolution is putting on a Sustainable fashion show at Forest Theater on April 16th at 7 p.m.

It should be a great show, with many student designers and local professional designers.

Pillowcases as clothes! Lampshade hats! You will definitely see some sustainable, creative fashion.

The fashion show is completely free…but a ticket is required. 2 super easy ways to get them:

1) Stop by the PIT at UNC today through Thursday April 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and pick up as many as you need

or

2) E-mail couturevolutiontickets@gmail.com to reserve tickets to pick up at the door. Just provide the names of who will attend and number of tickets needed.

There are also volunteer opportunities. If interested contact Brittney Jenkins at brittney@email.unc.edu

Visit the show blog at http://uncsustainsfashion.wordpress.com/

Check it out





Free week at Triangle Yoga

6 04 2010

April 9th to the 16th just stop in for a free yoga section and see what you like.

For me, the whole DAY is better when I’ve done yoga.

Franklin Street Yoga also gives you a free session the first time you go and its a little better if your a beginner. Triangle yoga can get intense!

TRIANGLE YOGA SESSION SCHEDULE





So you’re broke and pastey…

15 03 2010

As tanning salons in the triangle compete to win the loyalty of bronze-addicted sorority girls, almost all offer first-timer deals can be easily manipulated to get a few weeks of free tanning or a bomb spray tan for next-to-nothing.

If you are willing to trek to Raleigh, Cabana Tan has a great deal on spray tanning. I’m from a Swedish and English background so the spray tan method is better for me and similar skin types that don’t tan easily.

First time visitors can get a free lay-down session or a $10 spray tan (usually about $50 or $60 dollars). Print out the coupon before going.

YOU WON’T TURN ORANGE! I promise. This golden color is air brushed on by a real human being… not a machine so it looks far more natural. They even tan a little darker in areas to flatter you figure, and the guy who did mine gave me abs! Very exciting for someone who loathes working out.

There are usually a guy and girl there so you can choose what you are comfortable with. Exfoliate before hand, wear a bathing suit bottom (top is optional) and put cheap lotion (aka the kind that contains petroleum) on your knuckles and feet to keep from getting that “dirty” look.

Closer to home, Planet Beach Tanning off Highway 54 offers first-time visitors a free week of tanning to try out different beds and intensities to see what you like. LA Tan a little ways down the road offers a free $50 tanning value to new customers in April. You can also get 3 spray tans this month for $33 but it’s the machine automated kind.

Happy tanning! Remember to not go overboard…

A little sun is good for you, tanorexics are gross.