If you’re like me, than gift giving time makes you a bit anxious. I mean there’s secret Santa parties, white elephant parties, and gift exchange office parties. Finding a gift that’s within the agreed upon budget, that’s thoughtful, but not too personal can be tough. And of course nobody wants to go up to their recipient and say, “Hey, I pulled your name. What do you want?” (trust me. I’ve been on the receiving end of that conversation. Super awks.)
So I checked the mail the other day and pulled out a Z Gallerie catalog. I began flipping through it and came across the “gifts” section. Z Gallerie has tons of gifts for both him and her. Starting at just 9.99, I’m sure anyone can find the perfect gift.
If you’re more crafty, there’s tons of gift ideas on Pinterest. You could make customized gifts for everyone on your list.
Last but definitely not least, if you’re feeling charitable, there’s plenty of causes to donate to on GoFundMe.com
Hopefully, these ideas made your gift giving season a little less stressful. Happy giving!
“Oh what a tangled web we weave…when we first practice to deceive”
Anyone who’s ever watched Pretty Little Liars, knows that Alison, the main character isn’t just a liar. She’s charming, she’s deceitful, and she’s a master manipulator. Alison lies to her friends, then gets them to lie for her. When her friends aren’t willing to lie for her, she resorts to whatever tactics she deems necessary to get what she wants. I could go on and on about Alison, but this blog isn’t about her. It’s about another pretty little liar (and no, it’s not Aria, Spencer, Hannah, or Emily). This blog is about Delilah.
“Who’s Delilah?” I’m glad you asked. Delilah may as well have been the Old Testament version of Alison. Delilah’s story begins in Judges 16, when she starts dating Samson. Samson was blessed with supernatural strength. The source of his strength was in his hair, which had never been cut since the day he was born. Samson was in love with Delilah, but her feelings weren’t mutual. So when the rulers of the Philistines came to her and offered her money to find the out the secret to his strength so that they can “tie him up and subdue him,” she was all for it. At first, Delilah doesn’t even try to beat around the bush with Samson. She literally says to him, “Tell me the secret to your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued.” (Judges 16:6 NIV) Samson, determined to keep his secret, lies to her. He says, “If anyone ties me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I’ll become as weak as any other man.” Delilah hides the Philistines in her room, ties him up, then calls to him, “The Philistines are upon you!” Samson breaks loose. Delilah, seeing that her boyfriend is alive and well, accuses him of making a fool of her. Delilah tries to detain her boyfriend two more times unsuccessfully. She starts playing on his emotions and the fact that he loves her. Verse 16 says, “With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death.” Samson finally gave in to her manipulation and told his secret. Delilah had Samson’s hair shaved while he slept in her lap and the Philistines captured him. Samson went against his better judgement and trusted Delilah, which ultimately led to his own demise.
How often do we find ourselves in situations similar to Samson and Delilah’s? Sometimes we’re so blinded by love to the point where we don’t use our heads and other times we’re manipulating others to get what we want. Maybe there’s a guy you know who really likes you. He’s always buying you gifts; if you’re not interested, don’t pretend that you are. That too, is a lie.
So I’ve been working on my online store for a while now. It’s sort of my “baby” I’ve put a lot of hard work into each design. The process of seeing something go from its conception stage to becoming a tangible product is absolutely amazing to me. I’m really proud of the work I’ve done with it thus far. So don’t be shy. Go ahead and check it out! You can find products like the sweatshirt above, and much more just click here. xoxo