The best part about the holiday season is that everyone you know has some sort of time off of work or school. When you were younger, time off always meant video game marathons with friends.
I’m a grown-up, human, father-type and it still means the same thing for me. And now that I’ve got a son who is as equally jazzed about playing games as I am, time off of school and work means that we are going to turn off all the lights, sit on the floor in our boxers, and play games until our eyes bleed.
Or until dinner. I mean, whatever’s cool.
Since I’m all grown-up and semi-responsible, I’m more interested these days in finding deals on video games. Sometimes, I won’t buy a video game right away because I’m deterred by the price. And especially now, with developers piecemealing games through DLC schemes a couple dollars at a time, discounts help the burn your wallet feels when you shell out cash on games.
Christmas is less than one week from now. You’ve got a short amount of time to get gifts for your family and friends – but you might still be able to save a couple of dollars in the process.
Us 8BitDad types are smart cookies, so we compiled a couple of last minute tips to help you shop for that perfect gift – quickly, and hopefully at a discount. We’ve also got a tip from Zack of CouponDad.net to help save Christmas (and your marriage). And if we’re no help this year, bookmark this page and use it next year. Deal?
I can’t imagine that any dad is entirely comfortable taking their daughter underwear shopping. Blogger Jim Higley did a great article back in April about taking his older daughter on shopping “dates” to Victoria’s Secret, and Higley really conveyed that wonderful, uncomfortable panic that can overcome a dad who’s forced to stand too long in the lingerie and unmentionables section.
While moms have their own unique on-the-job difficulties, I know way too many dads who are perpetually nervous about unwittingly coming across as a pervert or a pedophile, thanks to stupid societal prejudices about the perceived dangers of men interacting with children. And, though I disagree with all of those stereotypes, I will admit – when I linger in the girls’ underwear section at Target, my personal levels of social anxiety go off the charts.
Fortunately, unlike Higley, at the moment, I’m getting off fairly easily when it comes to taking my daughter underwear shopping. She’s only five years old, so I’m (hopefully) years away from flop-sweating and avoiding eye contact while I hold a purse next to the Victoria’s Secret changing rooms in the mall. Right now, we just go to Target or Kohl’s, she sees a six-pack of underwear with her favorite characters on it, I toss it in the cart, and we’re good to go. Character underwear makes undergarment shopping super-easy and predictable for the parents of young children.
Or so I thought.
Jim Higley doesn’t know what he’s supposed to do while underwear shopping with his daughter – or does he?
If you’ve never talked to Jim Higley (aka The Bobblehead …
We’ve been doing a fair amount of talk here about “dadvertising” lately – that is – ads involving or aimed at fathers. But what if these dadvertisements weren’t for fathers, but rather featured fathers to get to mothers? This is the question that ModernMom blogger Liz Hawks kicks around to varying degrees of success. And thanks to my buddy Kat Gordon, Founder of Maternal Instinct for bringing this article to my attention.
First off, let me just get this out of the way: Damnit, Hawks – let us have something. We’re finally starting to see commercials with a positive portrayal of fathers, and you’re going to make me think that marketers and ad wizards are just trying to get to you?!
Since shopping and buying gifts for the holidays have become so integrated into society’s year-end habitual consumer machine, it’s only natural to follow suit and give into the shopping holiday spirit. As parents, we will do anything for our kids to make the holiday that much more enchanting and special. I know this because my 15-month-old daughter is the first grandchild on both sides of the family, so yah – she’s pretty damn enamored with Christmas.
However, there are some giving folks who have taken to the streets, or Omaha Kmarts to be more specific, to make Christmas special for random families. I like this. I think people like this as well – hopefully not too much.
If I lived in Omaha and found out about this you bet your jolly sweet ass I’d be running out the door to a Kmart, look for a suitor, and put sh*t on layaway.
Interesting fact: Behemoth retailers Target nor Walmart offer layaway. Sears does, but the parent company, Sears Holdings Corporation owns both Kmart and Sears.
I just hope this isn’t an ingenious marketing ploy by Kmart to entice shoppers into a family game of “Santa Chance” – if it is revealed as such, I swear to some f*ckin’ jolly fat dude that I will post a video of myself giving a standing ovation in front of Kmart as an update to this article.
Until then, I’ll just keep believing in humanity.
I wanted to wait for the aftermath that is Black Friday to post this article…
It seems that Walmart continues to remain the reigning champion of biggest Black Friday Schmucks For Crowd Control and Organization – one location with a huge problem this year was right in our back yard of Porter Ranch, CA. See the video below/after the jump.
Last year, Allrecipes.com member, blogger, and New Jersey native Doug Matthews wrote a great article titled “Respect the Bird” which expresses concern of the heavy focus on Christmas sales during Thanksgiving, taking away from American families’ ability to fully savor and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. Allrecipes.com has followed up Doug’s article this year with an email to all of its members with a gentle reminder – even so far as asking people to take a pledge to Respect the Bird.
8BitDad seyz: RESPECT THE MUTHA F*CKIN BIRD!