Believe it or not, Thursday is Thanksgiving… meaning this Friday is Black Friday – The day where almost every store out there has amazing deals and everyone starts (and maybe finishes) their Holiday shopping (unless they have to work… like me… sigh). It’s the day when every radio station starts to occasionally play Christmas music (and The Hannukah Song if us Jews are lucky). It’s the day that officially marks the start of the Holiday season. And although I can really (really) wait for the cold weather and the possible precipitation that may/will come along with it, I am really excited for the holidays. First off, everyone is always in a good mood. Work is generally slow. Lights and decorations are seen everywhere making the outdoors very pretty. And it’s okay to have the Christmas Cookie candle in your apartment (and to eat Christmas cookies… maybe).

Because of my excitement for the upcoming Holiday season – and because men have no idea how to shop for women and I want to help them – I am providing you with my Holiday wish list prior to Black Friday. So after you spend a day being thankful for what you have, get out there and get something you don’t have. Or make a list and get someone to get those things for you. Because let’s be real – Us Americans are never going to be thankful for everything we have… because, well, we don’t have everything.

Here are some things I want (and some things the girl in your life might just want too!):

Alex and Ani Bracelets

You may think buying the most expensive jewelry you can afford is necessary when gift shopping for a GF… However, don’t you think she’d be happier with something more trendy even though it’s less expensive? Now don’t get me wrong – I love a good bracelet/necklace/pair of earings, BUT I love my costume jewelry way more. It’s fun, it’s stylish, and I don’t have to worry about losing it… which I eventually will. Oh and, it’s like waaaay cheaper. Such jewelry can be found at Francesca’s, online on, and at Alex and Ani! Alex and Ani has lots of cute charm bangles – my favorites being the anchor and the dolphin.

They also have many embellished bangles – Both you can get either alone or in sets. The set I love the most is the ‘Exposition Set of 5 – Warm Hues.’ It. is. beautiful.

Snow Boots

Now that I make money, I tend to spend that money (like all of that money) on things I want rather things I need. That is why when a day comes around in which other people owe me gifts, I ask for things I need… because I would never spend my money on such items when a new shirt is staring at me from a window. This year, one of those items for me is snow boots. They are kind of necessary even though I don’t want to admit that I’m actually going to need them in a few weeks. I HATE SNOW. Anyway, there are many boots I like out there – it’s just that most aren’t waterproof. These North Face Shellista Lace Luxe boots are cute and wintery all at the same time. Love.

These North Face Shellista Lace Boots in black are cute as well.

iPhone 5

…But seriously. My iPhone 4 takes the shittiest pictures indoors.

Camera Not On Phone

And since my iPhone 4 takes the shittiest pictures… having a brand new camera (not on a phone) would be fantastic. A camera is never a bad idea for a gift. Even if you have an iPhone that takes good pictures, it will never compare to a real, live camera. Just don’t get someone the cheapest camera you see. No one wants a useless camera.

A Vacation

Sometimes an experience is better than a material item. Especially after you’ve been stressed out at work for weeks and just can’t catch a break. A sweater, jacket, or scarf isn’t really going to solve this issue long term (although each will make you happy temporarily). But an all-paid (or half paid… or even ‘some-money-towards-paid’) vacation would. Or – if you don’t want to take me on a vacation – take me away for at least a few hours (this means tickets to something… like a concert, show, sporting event, etc).


Recently, I lost my sunglasses (surprise, surprise). I bought a pair from Target the other day to hold me over until I get my next designer pair… but who knows how long it will be until that happens (AKA until Rue La La has another sale where I can buy the sunglasses I just lost… again… for the fourth time… I’m telling you – this is a problem). Getting a pricier pair of sunglasses would help me to take better care of them because I would treat them as a child and not just a distant cousin, as I was treating my most recently lost glasses. It would also help me to look better. Duh. So if you’re thinking about buying sunglasses for me, they need to be over sized and they should be black or dark brown. Sunglasses are a great gift for anyone – guys or girls. I mean, you need options when shielding your face from confrontation with people you don’t want to talk to (aka everyone if you’re like me).

These Tory Burch Oversized Sunglasses seem like the perfect pair of SGs (in black).

I also love the hint of color on these Kate Spade New York Oversized Sunglasses. The green is my fave.

Someone to Pay My Rent


But seriously.

Other random, less expensive items include:

Pretty iPad cases, Crossbody bags, Wallets, Makeup AKA gift cards to Sephora, Scarves, Gloves, umm you get the idea. No girl can ever have too many accessories.

There are definitely more items-and-things on my legit Holiday wish list… but the rest are too boring and weird for me to share with you. What’s on your wish list? Seriously share in the comments before it’s too late and you start receiving shit you don’t want. There’s nothing worse than that.


Hi I’m Sam. I made this website in 2011 and it’s still here! I'm the author of the humorous self-help book AVERAGE IS THE NEW AWESOME. I like pizza, French fries, barre, spin, more pizza, more French fries, and buying clothes. Follow me on twitter & Instagram at @samanthamatt1... and on this site's meme account on IG at @averagepeopleproblems. OKAY GREAT THANKS BYE.

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