Every year since I was five, I’ve found my Hannukah gifts before the actual holiday. At nine, it was an American Girl doll (do you remember Josephine? Yeah, she was pretty cool); at 11, it was a new outfit from Limited Too; and at 13, it was a shiny new Mac (the shine has long since worn off). Needless to say, I was never surprised when I tore open the wrapping on each little present. I’m pretty sure the only gift I ever received from my parents that I wasn’t anticipating was a Glee mug. So as I grow older, I find that I’ve missed out on the most fun aspect of the holidays: getting unanticipated gifts. That’s probably why I so thoroughly enjoy a good round of Secret Santa.
2. Nail polish. You can buy it at your local CVS or Rite Aid, and it’s a pretty gift for a good price.
3. Socks, especially holiday ones. Who doesn’t like fun and frisky socks? … Did you just roll your eyes at me? Shame on you.
4. Disposable cameras. Alright, that’s probably a little faux-hipster, but whatever.
5. Cute Asian erasers.
6. A humorous tee-shirt from Venice Boardwalk.