November is it? Yes, it's official with two days in. The holidays are near and it gets 'mad' (for my NY friends) busy. It's busy around the work place and the shopping doesn't stop until mid January. Some people, not most, start their Christmas shopping around this time. What baffles me is that many people simply cannot shake off that college or high school procrastination.
I could never understand why people simply don't jump on that opportunity of a 'head-start'. You must always prioritize, people. Think about your family first and your boyfriends or girlfriends can wait. Nothing is more vindictive, besides your exes, like your family. It's true when they say that, "It's the thought that counts". Never try to outdo someone else on the price tag - it's pure stupidity. In fact, do not try to outdo yourself either. The thing with gifts is that if you buy gifts at different prices the receiver will catch on and believe the price of the gift is how much you really value them. We know this is not true. If you try getting gifts around the same price range, consider yourself thoughtless. It will seem like an obligation more than an actual gift.
This is why giving 'thought' into the gifts you buy for each individual (family & friends) is important. You must always consider their likes and dislikes. Think of things that will compliment them. If you want to go materialistic or superficial, you can just wait to buy those things for their birthdays. Personally, I'm horrible at giving gifts. I have never asked for gifts, not even on my birthdays. To me, celebrating life isn't giving gifts on people's birthdays or around religious holidays. You should randomly buy something for someone, regardless the price. It is ultimately the little things that matter. But around the holidays, it's really unavoidable. This is the time of the year where people have gotten together to give presents to the ones they love or happen to "kiss ass" to. At the end of the day, you just have to know people's tastes.
Make it easy on yourself and get to shopping right now. What's the point of stressing out with only one week to go? This isn't some mid-term or final exam. Almost 2 months is enough time for you to start cracking on those gifts. Getting a head-start will also be easy on your wallet, you will know what you have to work with. If you don't have a budget, well, get on that spending spree and make your family and friends be filled with complete joy. I know, most of wish we didn't have to deal with a budget.
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When it comes to wallets, size does matter. No, it's not what you are thinking; the smaller the better. Wallets come in various sizes, colors, and designs. The only thing about wallets is that it's not as important as, let's say, your shoes or your shirt. This doesn't mean that you can't still be fashionable. There is a trick to this as well. Just like your cologne (as mentioned in the earlier post), there should be two different kinds. Wallets aren't ass expensive as all those other accessories. The main reason for that is people really don't get a glimpse at what is in your pocket. The important thing to consider is that for that every-day use you should try purchasing a lower-end wallet. These more casual wallets are usually made out of lightweight nylon, twill, vinyl, or rubber.
For those who are fashion savvy like me, will go with the leather made wallets. It's important to make sure the wallet is as slim as you can get it. The thing to remember is that you seriously do not want your wallet sticking out of jeans pocket. If you have a jacket or blazer on with an inside pocket, then it's perfectly safe there. Just be careful of pick-pockets. The leather made wallets come in all different sizes as well. The more expensive high end ones are the long rectangular wallets. These are usually used by businessmen where all their important documents and credit cards are neatly placed into the wallet. Although, you can make your wallet looks slim without purchasing a very expensive high-end wallet.
There are simple things you can do to reduce the thickness of your wallet. Try not to carry too much cash with you. It trims the fat down plus, it's safer. It's the same as carrying around your most used credit/debt cards. Get rid of those business cards, unless they are your own. Let's face it all the contacts, both professional and personal, are kept in your cell phone. Leave all those business and contact cards at home in an organized place on your desk somewhere. I have a Louis Vuitton wallet so I try my best to keep it as thin as possible. It's really not about the brand (once again). For me, it's a personal satisfaction knowing that I can pull out a LV wallet out of my pocket. If you want to buy that type of expensive wallet, go for it. If you don't, you are no less of a man. The wallet is possibly the least important when it comes to fashion so do not go crazy if you are stuck with a decent casual one.