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The Best Holiday Gift Idea

The Best Holiday Gift Idea
  • On December 12, 2014

I’ve monkeyed around with how to handle gifts for relatives and friends during the holidays for many years. I sometimes hand make things, sometimes we bake, and many times I just say fuck it, everyone gets gift cards.

This year, I think I’ve stumbled on the best idea EVER, and I’m passing it on to you.

Step 1: Get Amazon Prime. You can get a 30 day free trial, or go ahead and buy it.

Step 2: Buy everyone a book.

Step 3: Sit in your jammies while gifts come to your house, free of delivery charges.

Done. Best holiday ever.

I had a blast picking out books that I thought might be interesting to the people I know, and I feel good about buying books for people. It’s somehow more personal than a gift card but less commitment than like, a piece of clothing or something. Everyone likes books, and if they don’t, everyone has a shelf that could use some decorating or a wobbly table leg. Books have many uses. They’re also easy to regift, if necessary.

If that doesn’t feel like quite enough, let me share one more neat holiday trick I’ve learned. No bake, perfect every time holiday candy. One year I was very broke and in college, and I could give homemade gifts with the creative use of food stamps. This stuff, which I originally encountered under the unfortunate name of “White Trash,” was such a hit that I think I might encounter violent revolt if I don’t make it. At this point, most of the people who receive it call it “Christmas Crack,” yet another unsavory name. I call it “the easiest gift everyone seems to love.”

Try it, but be warned. You will forever be doomed to making it. I think I might be making this stuff once a year in hell.

White Trash

(original recipe lost to the AOL Online ages. The amounts are flexible, although I always use the same amount of white chocolate)

  • 3 12oz bags of white chocolate chips
  • 1 16oz bag of M&Ms
  • 5 cups of Corn Chex
  • 5 cups of Cherrios
  • 1/2 lb. Salted Peanuts

Place white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl big enough to fit all ingredients. Cook on regular setting for about 2 1/2 minutes, remove and stir. If not melted, place in microwave for another 45 seconds.

Add cereals and stir, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir until everything is evenly coated. Try not to crush the cereal but eh, whatever.

Dump the entire mixture onto wax paper and spread out evenly. Allow 1 hour for drying. Hide from family members and cats. When ready, break it into chunks and place into tins or bags or whatnot.

Try it, but be warned. You will forever be doomed to making it. I think I might be making this stuff once a year in hell.

(image source licensed under CC-BY-2.5-dk)

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