When I adopted my German Shepherd/Husky mix almost four years ago, I—to paraphrase Parks and Recreation's Chris Traeger—lit-rally had no idea what I was in for. Since that fateful day in March 2009, Mariah Carey (named by the shelter for her good looks and vocal range) has shaped my life in many ways. And that's why my 2012 holiday gift guide has the needs of the large-breed dog owner firmly in mind.
We all have a friend who makes more jokes than the rest about beer-o'clock, brings cocktail fixings to the office holiday potluck, and maybe has a "drink of the season." (Bonus points if they've created a signature drink and named it after themselves.) If you don't have that friend, you might be that friend. For your favorite happy-hour gossip, your partner in crime for cooking and sipping, or the friend who needs "a little something" to get them through the seasonal frenzy, here are a few merry, boozy, and bright ideas that are still thoughtful.
The holidays are a time for reflecting on cherished memories. For some people, this means recalling special moments with loved ones and celebrating past accomplishments. For me, it means wallowing in all of the pop culture I liked when I was a kid. Remember the Claymation Christmas Celebration? Or the time you got that She-Ra action figure? Sure you do. And if the friends and family on your gift list this year are like the rest of the Internet (and me) in their nostalgia for times recently gone by, here are some gift ideas, sorted by type. Fire up the Betamaxmas and let's do this!
Buying a gift for a fashionista can be one tough nut to crack. Do you want to dazzle and impress, but have no idea what the difference between a cowl neck and a crew neck is? Are you as ensembly challenged as Amber from Clueless? Fear not! Here at Bitch, we understand that navigating the fashion world can be daunting to the unfamiliar. So we've compiled a list of our most favorite finds for the trendsetter in your life. Don't waste another minute stressing! Take the scotch tape out and get ready to put a bird bow on it.
Many of us have someone on our list who is a big old typography geek. She's the person who hosted a screening of the documentary Helvetica, the obsessive typespotter who plays Kern Type like it's Angry Birds, the mad genius who regularly thinks things like, "What if typefaces were dogs?" (Or perhaps your type-loving pal is this guy?) If you're shopping for someone who loves type like Donna loves her Benz, you're in luck: There is so much type-related goodness out there in the independent marketplace, it's ridiculous. Here are just a few suggestions.