Have you finished all of your holiday shopping yet?
If your answer is no, then fist bumps all around.
If your answer is yes, then please just lie to me and change your answer to no. It will make me feel better and less panicky. It's allowed.
It's not that I haven't done any shopping at all. The kids in my life? Done! The ladies? Super easy. I just go out and find all of the things that I would like to buy for myself and buy them for my ladies. And then buy a second one of everything for myself (but shh. Don't tell my husband).
Men, though. Men are so hard. It's hard to think outside the box when it comes to men. Bottle of Scotch? Tie? Scarf? I don't even know where to begin without buying the most cliche of gifts.
Enter Manpacks: helping me think outside the box and inside the, erm, pack.
Manpacks.com s an online lifestyle subscription service for men who are too busy to worry about shopping for basics like underwear, socks, shirts, shaving supplies, toiletries, and condoms. And for the upcoming 2012 holiday season, Manpacks is making it easier to find gifts for difficult-to-shop-for men with its new Giftpacks service. Nearly 20% of Manpacks' customers are comprised of women shopping for their boyfriends and husbands. Giftpacks are built around 10 unique customer lifestyle profiles (i.e., The CEO, The Playboy, The High-Roller, The Gym Rat, The Traveler, etc.), and feature products from Manpacks' carefully curated collection of hand-picked and tested goods.
Also, choosing a giftpack could not be easier.
All you have to do is follow the simple easy-to-follow directions.
Click the arrow, click the personality type of the man in your life.
I like it! It's easy and it's different.
(I was not compensated for this review. I was, however, sent a manpack of my very own, which I *might* be giving to one of the men in my life. Happy Hanukkah, sweetheart.)
It's my most favourite time of the year, really.
I get to see my precious relatives and this year I get to meet my brand-new niece Emma Grace who isn't even all that new anymore but since she lives all the way in Nashville with her three equally lovely sisters I have yet to hold her and sniff her in person yet. I get to unapologetically stuff my gob with delicious baked goods. I get to leave the ugly Toronto winters and spenf two fun-filled weeks without a hat and coat on. I get to shower my loved ones with handpicked gifts—I spend too much time on Etsy, I think.
AND, I get to tell people exactly what I want and covet.
1. Leopard calf hair ballet flats from Gap, $38.99
2. Giant bow sweater from J.Crew, $110.00
3. Floral dSLR camera strap from Etsy, $33.00
4. Les Miserables book scarf from Etsy, $42.00
5. Colorblocked bow skinny belt from LOFT, $29.50
6. Mod spot fingerless gloves from Kate Spade, $68.00
7. Morning birds sweatercoat from Anthropologie, $168.00
8. Signature lace low-rise thong from Hanky Panky, $20
9. Tiny arrow necklace from Etsy, $14.00
10. Green Bay Packers t-shirt from Etsy, $21.99
11. Kristina leather tote from Banana Republic, $185.00
12. Pajama set in flannel gingham from J.Crew, $100
13. The bubble teapot from David's Tea, $19.50
14. Multi Stem Microslim Umbrella from Orla Kiely, $59.00
15. Women's Peter-Pan Collar Wool-Blend Coat from Old Navy, $44.96
16. Chunky infinity scarf from Etsy, $14.00
17. Warp & Weft Knee Boots from Anthropologie, $348.00
18. Groove pant from Lululemon, $98.00