Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Put Down the Tie!

by Jackie

Photo: GQ

Photo: GQ

Nothing says “desperate” like gifting a tie on Father’s Day. With just a little creativity, no one has to know that you waited until the last minute to get the dad in your life the perfect gift. Here are some ideas that will make the day memorable and show your appreciation.

  1. Take him out to the ballgame. He played catch with you for hours in the yard. Bring back those sweet memories by taking him to see his favorite team play ball. The bonus? He’ll enjoy nine innings worth of quality time with his kid, moments that come few and far between as you get older.

    Photo: My instagram feed, Nationals Stadium.

    Photo: My Instagram feed, Nationals Stadium.

  2. Cut it close. An old-school shaving set is a great gift for a dapper dad. Sure, he may have a battery-operated shaver, but every gentleman knows the value of a good-quality badger brush.
  3. Everyone loves bubbly… And, he loves beer. Give the gift that keeps on giving and sign him up for a beer of the month club.images
  4. Keep it glossy. If you’re really pressed for time, and low on cash, a magazine subscription is the way to go. It’s a quick and easy gift that will keep your dad in the know all year long.robert-downey-jr-and-gq-magazine-gallery
  5. Give him the best gift he’s ever gotten — YOU. The best Father’s Day gifts are the ones that show how much you care. He’ll remember a gift from your heart for much longer than one that stretched your wallet. I made this slide show last year using old family photos and iMovie. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to top it.

The Procrastinator’s Guide: Holiday Gifts for Your BFF

by Acute Editors

What do you get your BFF? You’ve never had to DTR this partnership. Show him/her how much you’ve appreciated the iconic partnership that all classic buddy comedy films are made of.

The We-Might-As-Well-Be-Roomies BFF

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If you’re over your BFF’s apartment more than your own, and you’re always treated to a home-cooked meal, give the gift that keeps on giving. Fifty Shades of Chicken is a hilarious culinary take on its almost-namesake novel that had readers sipping on ice water. This cookbook turns the heat on in the kitchen and is sure to get used over and over again.

The We-Have-Our-Own-Theme-Song Bestie

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Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” tour kicks off in 2013.

If you and your bestie can’t get ready for a night out on the town without turning the volume up on your fave dance track, then concert tickets are the way to go. Though the main entertainment will surely be onstage, the memories you’ll have will last years longer.

The Hipster in Denial

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We all have that friend — the one who loves to hate hipsters, but takes an hour to get the I-just-got-out-of-bed look exactly right. They make everything themselves and Instagram it in the Earlybird filter. An at-home beer making kit says, “I know you’re a hipster, and it’s cool with me.”

The DIY Diva

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Regular salon visits can start to add up. Save your bestie some coin and time with an at-home gel mani kit. She won’t have to open another gift with a chipped mani ever again.

The Procrastinator’s Guide: Holiday Gifts for Your Parents

by Acute Editors

Now that you’re old enough to know who Santa really is, make sure to say thank you for all of the years he/she checked the list and put something under the tree for you whether you were naughty or nice.

The Homebody

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Pressed for time? In four minutes, you can get your mom and/or dad the gift that keeps on giving — a Netflix gift certificate. This gift is built for multiple budgets and whenever they watch their favorite show or movie, they’ll think of you.

The Fitness/Nutrition Junkie

Juicer

The juicing craze is not going anywhere. A juicer is perfect for the parent that does their best to keep the body they had in high school. More importantly, it shows that you care about the giftee’s health, an excellent message to send to someone who always made sure you ate all your fruits and veggies.

The Chef

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If your parents host barbecues and other gatherings as much as mine do, mail-order steaks are perfect. Save them a trip to the butcher to get select cuts of meat and order right from your laptop.

The Overtimer

Let’s be honest, raising you wasn’t easy. Give the gift of relaxation and recovery with a trip to the spa.

Gift Guide for the Sophisticated Gentleman

by Sherria 

It doesn't get more sophisticated than that!

 

Ladies, you only have four days left to get that special guy a gift for the holiday. But remember, you don’t have to break the bank this season in order to buy nice gifts. It’s always the thought that counts! If you are still thinking about a suitable gift for your sophisticated man, A*cute can help. If you live in New York, please try Uniqlo for warm men’s clothing. They have jeans on sale for $39.50, cashmere sweaters starting at $99.90 and lambswool sweaters starting at $29.90. You can also find and a ton of cozy accessories such as scarves, gloves, and hats. Below are a few items I discovered while pushing through the holiday crowds. All are priced under or near the $100 mark. Tell us what you are planning to buy the men in your life this holiday season.

A*cute picks:

Heavy gauge shawl collar cardigan (Uniqlo, $49.90)

This Men's Refueler's gift set is perfect for a man on the go. It contains a bar of body scrub soap, facial moisturizer, hand salve, and shaving cream. (Men's Refuelers kit from Kiehl's, $29.50)

If your man likes to drink Whiskey, try the Whiskey Stones and Gift Set. The stones are to keep your drink cool without the "watering down" effect of ice. (Uncommongifts.com, $19.50-58.00)

They say that "scent is the strongest sense tied to memory" so buy your guy Gucci Guilty cologne and it will be a holiday to remember! Try a gift set from Sephora. It includes a 1.6 oz Eau De Toilette Spray and 3.3 oz Perfumed Body Lotion (Sephora, $101)

Quick Meal: Testing My New Electric Wok

by Sherria 

Earlier last week, I received an Electric Wok as a gift. Last night I decided to give it a try, as I have never cooked in a wok before. Since I’ve been trying to eat healthy lately, my boyfriend’s mom suggested that I try making easy dishes such as Asian-inspired stir fry. Not only are stir fry dishes healthier than my usual comfort food, but they are great when you are on the go and don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Follow me as I take you on my cooking journey. Don’t worry, it isn’t that long!

Presto Stainless Steel Electric Wok

The Wok: When the Wok arrived in the brown delivery box I didn’t know what to expect. I cut it open like it was a holiday present and saw what I call, a “fancy wok.” It has a stainless steel body and handles, a tempered glass cover, and Control Master heat control to ‘automatically maintain proper cooking temperature.’ Most importantly, I could cook my meal on the dining room table since it’s electric!

Ingredients: Chicken breast, Goya Wild Rice with Vegetables, Pepper Stir Fry Mix, Teriyaki Sauce

My 30-minute cooking journey:

I sliced the turkey breast into small pieces and set the frying pan to low heat. I sprinkled on tablespoon of olive oil and added salt, pepper, adobe, and cayenne pepper for flavor. I also put the rice and corn on the back burners.

I put the Pepper Stir Fry pack and a teaspoon of olive oil in the wok and set it to 250 degrees. It started cooking immediately. I didn't have to wait for the wok to "warm up." After five minutes, I added the teriyaki sauce to the pan.

Once the chicken was done cooking in the stove top pan, I added it to the stir fry mix and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Total cooking and preparation time was about 25 minutes.

Finished Product:

Voila! My meal took less than 30 minutes and it was delicious.

Yes! I’m proud of myself 🙂

Last-minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

by Jackie

Every year your mother says the same thing, “I don’t want anything for Mother’s Day. I don’t need a gift.” And, every year you scramble to buy the perfect gift realizing that she was just being humble. If you’re in a pinch, here are some ideas to show your appreciation for the mother figure(s) in your life:

The Practical Mom

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Take your mom out to Sunday brunch. When she starts struggling to hang her purse off of the back of her chair or winces before placing it on the ground, hand her this convenient purse hanger that would let her suspend her bag from the table without getting in the way. This practical gift is inexpensive, yet thoughtful.

The “I’m-Every-Woman” Mom

Moms are the hardest workers. Reward yours with a gift certificate to the spa.

The Glamorous Mom

What do you get the mom who has everything? A bag to put everything in. You can opt to splurge for the classic Louis Vuitton Speedy 35 ($750) or head over to Macy’s for stylish, yet more affordable options like the Michael Kors Hamilton Large Tote.

Michael Kors Hamilton Large Tote, $398 (Macy's)

A woman can never have too many bags and a classic one will never go out of style. If you have siblings, split the bill and make it a group gift.

Here comes the bride

by Sherria

Let’s face it, we are getting older and it seems like everyone is getting married. I know three couples that are getting married before the Fall starts. While I am happy for the beautiful brides- to- be, I can’t help but to think about sticking to a moderate budget when purchasing bridal shower and wedding gifts. Although my friends and I believe that the presence of loved ones is the most important aspect of hosting a wedding ceremony, it is still nice for a couple to receive quality gifts from family and friends.  So, I’ve done some online shopping and discovered that there are gifts that you can purchase under $50. Below are some gift suggestions.

Bridal Shower

Surprisingly, the Victoria’s Secret Bridal Collection isn’t expensive at all. They have a lot of lingerie under $50 on the website. 

Mesh & Lace Baby Doll (VictoriasSecret.com, $35)

Satin Slip (VictoriasSecret, $38)

Wedding Gift

I believe that the wedding gift should be something that both parties can use. I am an advocate for health living, so I would suggest buying cookware. Couples can start off a healthy marriage by eating healthy.

Food Steamers can be bought from Target, WalMart, or Macy's for under $50. Most of them range from $20-$38.

Cutlery sets usually range from about $50 up. Quality Stainless steel sets will cost you a bit of money. But check out Macy's Kitchen/Cutlery section; most of the sets are now on sale.

 Hope my suggestion will be of use to you as you start shopping for gifts.

Stay tuned on A*cute to find out how to pick out the perfect outfit for the wedding. You want to look fab, but not better than the bride. Check back with A*cute for updates.