How to get the most out of your Christmas gifts

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Christmas gifts are an interesting thing. It’s the one time a year we are expected to give someone a gift in honor of them doing absolutely nothing to earn it.

“Hey you graduated, here’s a necklace!” “Hey you went another year without dying, here’s a watch!” That’s understandable.

This is why it makes complete sense to buy a “Boomerang Gift” this year. Yes, I just coined that term. A Boomerang Gift is one that is guaranteed to gyrate right back into your own life so you may also reap the benefits. If you’re going to give somebody an undeserved gift you might as well get something out of it also. Here are a few ideas:

Find a friend who likes going to the movies with you and buy them a gift card to the theater. They will have no choice but to take you along when they inevitably use your Boomerang Gift. Just be sure to pick the least popular friend. This will ensure your spot in that comfy seat and a box of Sour Patch Kids in your hand.

Ladies, now is the perfect time to buy your man that grill he’s been wanting. Fork over a little cash now and enjoy the juicy, tender rewards for years to come. No man has ever responded with a “no thanks” at the chance to throw some meat on the grill. Your carnivorous needs will be met with a smile that says “She really gets me”.

Parents, do the right thing and buy your kid a popcorn machine.

“You mean I can make my OWN popcorn now?!”

“You bet son, but you better get to practicing so you can master the art. I’ll be in the living room watching the game.”

You’d be surprised at just how much popcorn you can fit in your stomach.

I hope these tips were helpful in getting the most out of your gifts this year. I mean, if you’re going to drop some dough, you might as well enjoy it too. It’s like getting a 50% discount on all your purchases. Talk about a great deal!

Question: What are some other great Boomerang Gift ideas?

7 Things I’ve learned In Adulthood

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There is no possible way I could cover everything in seven bullet points. This is a start though.

1. It’s Cirque du Soleil, NOT Circus Olé– I know somebody’s mind was just blown. It would’ve been nice to learn that before the age of 24. You’re welcome.

2. Bills are no fun (As if I really had to say that)-  Try to have as few as possible. After living as inexpensively as possible for many years I developed a good understanding of the things I can do without. The less things you need to spend and worry about every month the better. This isn’t to say it’s bad, wrong, or ill advised to treat yourself to nice things if you can afford it. IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT (like, without hoping you can pay off the credit card bill at the end of the month).  But there is something to say for living simply. Just ask my friend Tiny Tim. Spending less money than you make allows for some margin in your finances and frees up money to be generous with when real needs of the people around you arise.

3. It’s okay to hang out with people who are very different than you- When I was in high school my default was to make friends who were like me. As it turns out, my best friends in adulthood are not very much like me at all. But they are genuine and reliable. The ones who are different actually make some of best friends. Besides, one space on earth couldn’t handle all my awesomeness. I need others to balance it out.

4. People are crazy- I would elaborate but I think the mental image of a crazy person in your life just did that for me. Cut them some slack, but keep your distance if need be.

5. Even though people are crazy they are also what matter most- Relationships are key to doing life right. We often under value the friends and family we have until that relationship is gone or estranged. Put stock in people. Go to bed a little later than usual on occasion in order to have a meaningful conversation. Watch a little less Netflix to have coffee with a friend instead. Those will be the moments that matter.

6. Guacamole is one of the ways I know for a fact God loves me- As an adolescent I was so afraid of this green, mushiness. Possibly because I once accidentally saw the contents of a baby’s diaper that could’ve been guacamole’s evil twin. At that moment I promised myself I would never try guacamole. I’m just glad I’m a crappy promise keeper. Don’t be afraid to try new things. You’d be surprised at what you’re missing out on. Also, guacamole is technically made up of fruits. How weird is that? Don’t complain next time you ask me to bring a fruit salad to the dinner party.

7. Pour into someone’s life who is younger or less experienced than you- There I go with the “people” thing again. If you aren’t actively pouring knowledge, life experience, or support into someone’s life you are missing out. Knowledge can only take you so far. Putting into practice what you know and teaching it is what will grow you.  It’s an interesting thing to have someone want to be like you in some form or fashion. It’s very scary actually. There is an underlying responsibility that you are now accountable for. Believe me, in the long run the responsibility is worth it.

Question: What are some important things you have learned since becoming an adult?