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Gift Guide for Teenage Boys: 30 Awesome Ideas

Gift Guide for Teenage Boys: 30 Awesome Ideas

Do you need gift ideas for teenage boys? I know I do. I’ve never been a teenage guy, so when it comes to getting gifts for my stepson D, I need a guide to tell me exactly what teenage boys like!

Why are teen boys so difficult to shop for? And forget about asking them what they want. All I’ve ever gotten in response to that question is “Uhhh…” and “Well…” and “I’m not sure.” Helpful, right?

So I spent some time researching and digging around, spying on random teen boys, digging through their trash cans to collect data….and have come up with what I think is a pretty fantastic compilation of gift ideas for teen boys. Enjoy!

 

Parrot Mambo Fly Minidrone

 

Drones are all the rage. This one is great, because not only is it affordable, but your teen can control it with their phone. It will also teach them some basic coding skills! It’s safe to fly inside and outside, too.

Only $99.99! Get it here.

 

 

GeekFuel Subscription Box

 

 

Geek Fuel is a fantastic subscription box for anyone. I get it for D, and he LOVES it! Check out my review of one of their boxes  for an idea of what’s inside. Plus, being a monthly subscription, it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Only $24.90/month! Get it here.

 

 

Kidzlabs Combination Lock Set

 

 

Remember watching the Davinci code and seeing the Cryptex they had to break into? I wanted one SO bad! This is a great sort of replica. Your teen can store secret messages or whatever he wants inside and set a combo. Fun!

Only $12.38! Get it here.

 

 

Leonardo Davinci Inspired Clock

 

 

Speaking of Davinci, this is such a cool looking piece! It’s a reproduction of one of Leonardo Davinci’s sketches. It’s great because it doesn’t require nails or glue, it just snaps together. Keep in mind that this is an educational toy, and it doesn’t run like a regular clock. It winds, but the power won’t last a long time. It’s designed to teach your kid how Davinci’s mind worked. Plus it’s hella cool looking!

Only $13.99 ! Get it here.

 

 

Walkie Talkie Set

 

 

Walkie Talkies are an awesome gift for teen boys. They will have a blast playing with their friends and being able to communicate at a distance.

Only $19.99 ! Get it here.

 

 

Rechargeable AA Batteries w/ Charger

 

 

 

It’s a good idea to grab one of these to go with the walkie talkies. Honestly, I think everyone needs one of their own rechargeable stations like this. Kids always have toys that need batteries, and they’re expensive. Especially for a toy like a walkie talkie, which will be used all the time. You’ll save a lot of money in the long run!

Only $9.59 ! Get it here.

 

 

Dart Board

 

 

 

 

All guys like dart boards. This one is especially cool because it’s a regular dart board on the front, and a baseball dart board on the back. Two games for the price of one!

Only $13.50! Get it here.

 

 

Gaming Rocker

 

 

 

 

Gaming chairs are awesome! This one is ergonomically designed for better posture, and includes built-in speakers, incorporated audio controls and a headphone jack.

Only $64.94! Get it here.

 

 

Game Stop Gift Card

 

 

Gaming is an everyday part of a teen guy’s life. It can be hard to pick the right game, because every guy has his own picky little preferences. So let him pick it himself! Problem solved.

Only $25! Get it here.

 

 

Over-the-Door Basketball Hoop

 

What teenage guy (or any guy for that matter) doesn’t want a basketball hoop in their bedroom? They’re using the garbage can already, so why not give them this awesome over-the-door hoop? Spalding makes an excellent product, and since the backboard specs are the same as the NBA,  your little man will feel like the NBA is right there in his bedroom.

Only $33.99! Get it here.

 

 

Razor Hovertrax 1.0 Electric Hoverboard

 

My step kids each got one of these for Christmas last year and they LOVE it! It has superior stabilization and meets the highest electrical safety standards. Plus, it goes up to 6 miles per hour and can be used continuously for up to 115 minutes.

Only $229.00 ! Get it here.

 

 

Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit

 

 

This droid is fantastic! It has won 6 awards, and is completely kid-friendly. Your teen can work on 16 different missions, and they can teach the droid new skills. They’ll be playing AND learning. What’s not to love?

Only $99.00! Get it here.

 

 

Bluetooth Speaker Backpack

 

 

I’m seeing these bluetooth speaker backpacks everywhere, and D has been wanting one for a while. Pretty self-explanatory, and pretty rad, too!

Only $79.99 ! Get it here.

 

 

Nerf Doomlands 2169 Negotiator Blaster

 

 

What teen guy doesn’t like Nerf? I love Nerf toys, and I’m a gal. They’re just fun! This one can fire 8 darts in row. Whoop whoop!

Only $19.99! Get it here.

 

 

The Manual to Manhood by Jonathan Catherman

 

 

I’m pretty picky about getting books for teen boys, because a lot of times they’ll just sit on a shelf and collect dust. However, this is an easy reader, and a subject your teen is really becoming interested in. It’ll help him with all of those essential skills a guy is expected to learn along the way to adulthood.

Only $6.10! Get it here.

 

 

 

Magnetic Desk Sculpture

 

This sculpture is not only sick looking, but it’s also supposed to help with stress relief and intelligence-building. With 160 stainless steel balls, the combinations are endless, and will keep your teen’s mind working.

Only $9.99! Get it here.

 

 

Electronic Mini ATM Piggy Bank

 

 

Everyone should have a personal piggy bank, especially teens. It’ll help them to learn to save, even if only a little bit. This is super cool looking, too! Anything to get your kid saving money, right?

Only $28.99! Get it here.

 

 

Basketball 3D Illusion Night Light

 

 

For those teens who aren’t necessarily AFRAID of the dark, they just don’t like it too well.

Only $20.90! Get it here.

 

 

Dollar Shave Club

 

 

Dollar Shave Club makes the BEST razors. I’ve been subscribing to this club for years. I get refills every other month, and it’s less than $10 a pop. Your teen will love it!

Only $5 for the first month, and $9 per month after that! Get it here.

 

 

Camping Hammock

 

 

Hammocks are life! Your teen will love sleeping under the stars on camping trips, or even just in the back yard. You’re gonna want to use this too, trust me!

Only $19.99! Get it here.

 

 

Dakine Vert Rail Wallet

 

Every teen guy needs a wallet. This popular Dakine wallet has a great tri-fold design with a zippered coin section. Slip a $20 in and you’ll have a happy kid!

Only $11.95! Get it here.

 

 

Wallet Ninja

 

 

Since, you’re getting him that awesome wallet, why not grab him the Wallet Ninja to go with? This has so many different functions! 18, to be precise. It has a bottle opener, four screwdrivers , can opener, nail puller and so much more!

Only $8.49! Get it here.

 

 

Money Maze Puzzle

 

Cash is always a great gift for teens. How about making it a little more interesting by putting it in this Maze Money Box? It’ll make your teen use his brain to get his reward.

Only $8.90! Get it here.

 

 

Funny T-Shirt

 

 

T-shirts with funny sayings always make good gifts for teens. This one is great for your little gamer.

Only $11.54! Get it here.

 

 

Magnetic Shoe Closures

 

I hate shoe laces. I keep mine tied just loose enough to not have to untie and tie them when putting my shoes on or taking them off. These magnetic shoes closures take away that problem by keeping them tied always. Every lazy teen will love them!

Only $10.99 ! Get it here.

 

 

Bluetooth Beanie

 

Like the bluetooth backpack, this beanie has built in speakers that your teen will love. He wont have to worry about misplacing his earbuds or headphones.

Only $17.99! Get it here.

 

 

Magic Gravity Ball

 

 

With this crazy ball, your teen can impress his friends by creating the illusion of no gravity. There are no strings, it’s simple hand manipulation, but very impressive!

Only $34.89 ! Get it here.

 

 

Beginner’s Acoustic Guitar Set

 

Many teen boys express interest in playing guitar. However, it’s hard to justify spending a lot of money on equipment with how fickle teens can be. This kit is great because it’s super affordable, and includes everything your teen needs to get started playing guitar. If he loves it and sticks with it, then perhaps consider getting your kids lessons.

Only $34.95! Get it here.

 

 

Ultimate Gym Duffel by FocusGear

 

For those teens who are athletes, a gym duffel is always a great gift. This one was designed after FocusGear did a crowd-sourcing research project to see what features athletes think are most essential in a gym bag. Your kid will love!

Only $24.99! Get it here.

 

 

Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

 

Last, but certainly not least, it’s essential for your teenager to have a good cologne (boys stink, remember?) Acqua di Gio is a classic scent every guy, young or old, should own.

Only $85 for 3.4 ounces ! Get it here.

 

Do you have some great gift ideas for teenage boys? Share them below in the comments section!

If you don’t find at least a few great ideas for your young Mister on this list, it may be a lost cause!

 

 

 

 

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Gift Guide For Tween Girls: 30 Amazing Ideas

Gift Guide For Tween Girls: 30 Amazing Ideas

Looking for some fabulous gift ideas for tween girls? Fortunately, these little gals actually aren’t too hard to shop for. There are so many fun choices out there, the difficult part isn’t finding the gift, it’s narrowing the ideas down to one!

 



 

So, with my tween stepdaughter P by my side to give me her expertise, I created this fantastic gift-guide to give you some direction. The gifts on this list are affordable, and every single one is approved by a real-live tween girl. Enjoy!

 

 

Cat Watch

 

 

This little gem is about as cute as it gets! It’s not only functional, but it’s also fun, and can be a piece of jewelry as much as a timepiece. It’s affordable to boot!

Only $8.48! Get it here.

 

 

Save, Share, and Spend Piggy Bank

I LOVE this piggy bank because it teaches your gal that money must be separated and budgeted. It’ll help her see that there are many different reasons for saving money, and get her in the frame of mind to save. What more could you ask for in a gift for under $20?

Only $19.99! Get it here.

 

 

Gel Pens

 

 

 

 

This is a fantastic set of gel pens! It has 100 pens AND 100 refills. Gel pens always seem to run out more quickly than other kinds of colored pens, so the refills are genius!

Only $20.98! Get it here.

 

 

Poop Emoji Plush Throw Pillow Set

 

 

I’m not sure what it is about the poop emoji, but kids and teens seem to love it! This plush pillow set is the perfect trendy item to add to your little lady’s bedroom decor. Plus you get two smaller ones to hook to her purse or backpack.

Only $11.99! Get it here.

 

 

Motivational Notebook

 

 

Notebooks are always good gifts for tweens, what with school, projects, homework, etc. This is a great option because of it’s supremely positive and upbuilding message. It will remind her every time she opens it that she is worth so much, and she can do anything!

Only $6.49! Get it here.

 

 

Locking Diary

 

 

 

Take the notebook idea a step further and get your gal a locking diary. Tween girls are about to cross the threshold into womanhood, and privacy becomes an essential aspect of their personality. Let her know you support her right to privacy by gifting her a locking diary.  She will value knowing that her deepest thoughts are safe and protected.

Only $9.99! Get it here.

 

 

Sequin Mini Backpack Purse

The backpack purse trend is in full swing, and I think it’s perfect for young teens. They aren’t quite into carrying full blown purses yet, but they want something that’s cuter than their school backpack. This sparkly mini backpack is snazzy as can be, and solves the transition from backpack to purse.

Only $24.00! Get it here.

 

 

Jewelry box

Every gal needs a jewelry box. I love this one because it has so many fun compartments, plus the color is so pretty. Miss P loves aqua, as do many young girls her age, so it’s top notch!

Only $25.99! Get it here.

 

 

Ipsy Subscription

 

 

Subscription boxes are just plain fun. What gal wouldn’t love getting a gift in the mail that is full of fantastic samples and deluxe sized products, all housed in a super adorable little makeup bag? Everyone loves that! Ipsy is one of the original beauty subscription boxes, and it’s still a favorite of mine. Plus, it’s the gift that keeps on giving! You’re lady will look forward to getting her pink bubble mailer every month, just like I do!

Only $10/month! Get it here.

 

 

Princess Lace Bed Canopy

 

 

This gorgeous bed canopy will take your tween’s bedroom from typical to an over-the-top fairyland. She will feel luxurious and royal with her princess bed. Add some twinkling LED lights to it and it’ll make  her bedroom feel like her own magical kingdom!

Only $15.99! Get it here.

 

 

Mermaid Makeup Brush Set

 

 

Like Miss P, your tween girlie is probably just beginning her life-long love affair with makeup. This brush set preserves the girlishness of her age, but she will love using, too. They’re just so damn adorable!

Only $12.99  ! Get them here.

 

 

Mermaid Blanket

 

 

Speaking of mermaids, what Broad didn’t dream of being a mermaid when they were little? I know I did! I wanted to have the beautiful shiny and sparkling tail. I bet your tween wishes the same thing! Now she can really feel like a mermaid while lounging around with this cozy blanket.

Only $21.99! Get it here.

 

 

Ombre Hair Chalk Kit

 

 

The bright hair color trend is in full swing, and little girls want to jump on that bandwagon just as much as us big girls do. But the damage that bleaching and coloring can do to your tween’s delicate hair isn’t worth it. Enter hair chalk. She can apply it herself, and it washes out easily, so us moms will be happy, too!

Only $9.99! Get it here.

 

 

Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror

 

 

These mirrors are always great, because they offer really good lighting for makeup application. This will make your little girl feel like a movie star in her dressing room! Be careful though, because you’ll be tempted to steal it!

Only $31.99! Get it here.

 

 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Bundle

 

 

This camera is SO MUCH FUN! Not only is it super cute, but your tween will get the instant gratification of having a picture in her hand in a matter of seconds. I love this bundle on Amazon because it includes the camera, a case, two packs of film (40 pictures), and 4 AA rechargeable batteries with the charger. How great is it that you won’t have to go buying batteries every week, too?

Only $99.99! Get it here.

 

 

Instax Mini Colorful Accessory Set

 

 

To make her Instax Mini Camera bundle even BETTER, why not give her an accessory set to decorate her photos? This accessory set includes frames and stickers to decorate the photos, as well as a string with colored clothespins, so she can hang and display her favorite pics. It also includes a cute camera strap!

Only $9.99 ! Get it here.

 

 

Unicorn Bath Bombs

Unicorn anything is awesome, and right now, bath bombs are all the rage. These little gems are so colorful and fun, they will make her bubble baths so much better! They also smell like rainbow sherbet, which is apparently exactly the scent of unicorn farts.

Only $19.97! Get it here.

 

 

Plush Unicorn Slippers

While we’re talking about unicorns, grab your gal a set of super soft and plush unicorn slippers. They are cozy and cute as can be, and will make her the hit of any pajama party she attends.

Only $19.99! Get it here.

 

 

Cat Ear Headphones

 

Animal ear headphones are everywhere, and I gotta say, they are so effing adorable, I want a pair of my own. These kitty cat ones are well-reviewed, and the price point is excellent!

Only $15.99! Get them here.

 

 

Lip Balm Making Kit

 

I love getting gifts for my stepkids that involve making/creating something. If it’s educational, fun, and your kid ends up with a cool and useful product out of it, it’s perfect in my book. Which is why I love this lip balm kit. You can make it together, or she can make it with her friends, and she will use it! What’s not to love?

Only $14.95! Get it here.

 

 

Pizza Bean Bag Chair

Bean bag chairs are just cool. This pizza bean bag chair trumps the rest. It looks so cheesy I want to eat it, and so cozy, I want to nap in it. It’s perfect to add a little bit of uniqueness to your gal’s bedroom decor.

Only $89.86! Get it here.

 

 

Cute Portable Power Bank

Power banks are useful, but generally kind of boring to kids. However, this super cute kitty one is sure to please your little lady. It’s fun, colorful, and useful.

Only $22.99! Get it here.

 

 

Drawing Art Set

 

Miss P is really into art right now, as I know so many tween girls are. I happen to be an art lover, and she uses a lot of my supplies in her creations. The thing is, she really wants her own supplies, like most independent little gals out there. Royal and Langnickel makes excellent art sets. This is great for the girl who loves to draw. It includes an easel and all necessary supplies, and everything folds up together so it’s a cinch to tote around.

If your girl prefers painting over drawing, skip ahead…

Only $49.08! Get it here.

 

 

Painting Art Set

 

For your all who wants to paint, skip the drawing set and grab her an acrylic painting set. This has the easel, paints, brushes, and other necessary supplies, and it all folds together, so again, it’s completely portable.

Only $41.15! Get it here.

 

 

Teens Cook Cookbook

 

 

This is a perfect gift for a picky eater. It includes over 75 recipes, and is written BY teens FOR teens. It’ll help your girl maneuver the complications of the kitchen without setting the house on fire!

Only $14.64 ! Get it here.

 

 

Lily’s Mountain by Hannah Moderow

 

 

For the ladies that like to read, this adventure story follows Lily, a young lady whose father disappears while climbing Denali (the highest peak in North America). Instead of grieving like everyone else, Lily decides that her father is alive, and sets off to rescue him. Your adventurous girl is sure to love it.

Only $8.74! Get it here.

 

 

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

 

 

Speaking of reading, there is another book that just came out that you’ll want to get for your tween. Nevermoor is the first book in a new series that apparently has a Harry Potter feel to it. The story centers around a young girl who escapes death and is thrust into a magical world of adventure. Your tween won’t be able to put it down!

Only $9.88! Get it here.

 

 

Felt Letterboard

 

 

This letter board is a fun piece of decor to add to your kid’s room. They can customize the message, and they will love all the symbols that come with.

Only $22.95! Get it here.

 

 

Waterproof Bluetooth Shower Speaker

 

 

Who doesn’t want to sing in the shower? The acoustics are just phenomenal. Give your little gal this speaker so she can rock out with Taylor Swift while rinsing and repeating.

Only $19.99! Get it here.

 

 

Ocean Wave Light Projector w/ Music

 

 

This is a perfect bedside lamp for your tween. It changes to seven different colors, and has a built-in mini speaker so your gal can listen to music or have the sounds of the ocean put her to sleep. Plus it projects water-like artistic, soothing waves of light all over the walls and ceiling.

Only $24.99! Get it here.

 

 

There you have it Broads! A fabulous list of ideas for your teenybopper that’s sure to please. So get out there and get shopping!

Do you have some awesome gift ideas for tween girls? Please share them in the comments below!

 

Toodles!

 

 

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Do-It-Yourself: How to Make an Awesome Candy Cane Decoration On the Cheap!

Do-It-Yourself: How to Make an Awesome Candy Cane Decoration On the Cheap!

Wrapping paper rolls- the swords of our childhood and the annoying long objects in our waste bins as adults.  (or maybe still swords… I don’t judge!).  As Christmas inches closer and closer, and money gets tighter and tighter, gigantic candy-canes are just what you didn’t know you needed!  Not only are they super easy and affordable to D.I.Y., they’re adorable additions to your Christmas-scapes, office decorations or even outdoor ornaments (if you live in a place where snow and rain don’t plague you during the winter).

 

One of my favorite things about these little-big guys is the fact that, during the holidays, I have literally every item I need in my house to make them.  I would be willing to bet that you do too!  The items you will need to create your own candy-canes are:

 

-Cardboard wrapping paper, paper towel and/or toilet paper rolls

-Red and white wire-lined ribbon

*if you don’t have ribbon or the time to hit up your local craft store, you can always use wrapping paper, acrylic paint, markers or anything you have on hand to decorate the canes to your liking

-Scissors

-Tape

*any kind of tape will do here; Duct, masking, Scotch, packing… Seriously, any kind.

 

 

 

 

To start, gather up your materials and get those rolls ready.  Because I had them on hand, I used wrapping paper rolls, but seriously, any kind of cardboard rolls will work just as long as you can cut them with your scissors. Plus… RECYCLING!

Now that you have your rolls all gathered, it’s time to cut some rings from those babies! This doesn’t have to be technical or measured or clean or neat.  I promised this would be an easy craft and to me, rulers or tape measures equal math, and math equals NOPE!  Nope is not easy in my book.

 

 

 

 

As you can see I wrote 1-1 & 1/2 inches on the roll… I was wrong and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  I honestly don’t even know if those hash marks are an inch or an inch-and-a-half apart and really, you want rings of all different heights.  It makes forming the “hook” of your cane easier!

 

 

 

 

Snip snip, cut out those rings!  You’ll need between four and eight for each cane depending on their size.  I dedicated half of a wrapping paper roll to my rings, but if you find that you don’t have enough, (or too many) give it a few days… we all run out of TP at some point in the week!

Check out those awesome rings!  As you can see, they’re all different heights! And for those of you wondering… I made these at work… My desk wasn’t cleaned for this tutorial because this is what my desk looks like at any given moment and if someone tells you theirs isn’t, they’re lying.

 

 

 

 

Ok… back to those candy-canes!

We have our rings and now the hardest part of the whole project… making those suckers malleable enough to bend into your “hook”.  To do this, you’re going to take your trusty scissors and start cutting strips just about halfway up your rings.  Go all around those babies until you have something that looks like….

 

 

 

 

This will probably take you some time, so put on a good holiday movie or click on this link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_StgHl92v5Q) … Here you can watch my personal hero, Nick Offerman, drink scotch in front of a fireplace for ten uninterrupted hours.  (It won’t take you this long to make your canes, but if you’re making a lot of them, Nick will keep you company for a good portion of your crafting time.  Plus, he’s gorgeous!)

 

 

 

 

You’re going to take your roll and your rings and lay them out to get an idea of how your cane is going to look.  Don’t worry about shoving your rings together, without tape, it’s nearly impossible to get them to stay.  This just helps you allocate your rings and form that trademark “hook”!

 

 

 

 

Now it’s really time to start constructing!

Because I was at work, and it was the only tape available, I used plain old clear tape.  (If you plan on using clear tape, you may want an extra roll or two of it handy, just to make sure you have enough). Slip that ring on your roll and get-to-taping

 

 

 

 

As you progress in your “hook” shaping and taping, you will want to make sure you align your rings so they gradually turn downward.  This is where I found myself utilizing my tape supply.  You really want to make sure those babies are taped down or you will find yourself “hook-less” when you go to wrap your canes.  The finished product should look something like the picture below…

 

 

 

 

You can see how those little cuts in the rings were really worth the time.  Notice all that tape too!  After connecting the rings, I went back over them and added more tape.  Once I had reinforced the “hook” I added EVEN MORE tape (Nick looks pretty impressed!).

 

 

 

 

After the time I spent cutting the rings, I wasn’t going to take any chances in those suckers falling apart.  Reinforcing the “hook” will make your candy-canes last more than just one holiday season as well!

It took me about 15 minutes to construct the three canes below (not including the monotonous ring-cutting).  I used two wrapping paper rolls, cut in half, and about half of the third roll that was used to make the rings.

 

 

 

 

Now, it’s time to wrap those babies up in your ribbon!  This jumbo ribbon came from Michael’s and was a whopping 70% off with an in-store coupon.  The single roll pictured below cost around $1.25. I used it to make six canes and still had some leftover!

 

 

 

 

To begin wrapping, I started just below the “hook”.  I taped the end of the ribbon and wrapped, and wrapped, and wrapped some more until I reached the bottom of the candy-cane!

 

 

 

 

Now that the majority of your cane is wrapped, it’s time to move on to the “hook”.  I found this was the most tricky part of the entire operation.  Wrapping something flat and relatively straight on to something the complete opposite is difficult. Don’t get frustrated if it takes a couple of times to get it how you want it!  You still have Nick and his cozy fire keeping you company, right?!

 

 

 

 

Just as you did with the other end, you’re going to “tuck in” that extra ribbon and, if you want, reinforce it with tape.

 

And that, my friends, is it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gift Guide for Men: 30 Super Unique Men’s Gifts

Gift Guide for Men: 30 Super Unique Men’s Gifts

Why are men’s gifts so hard to find? Without a doubt, the most difficult person in my life to get gifts for is Mr. Og. Whether it’s Christmas, Valentine’s Day (which is almost upon us!), or our anniversary, it never gets easier.

Part of the reason is because he never wants anything specific, and he always says, “I just don’t NEED anything.” Or he suggests things like socks, boxer briefs, and of course, a pair of Jordan’s.

 



It takes a lot to think of great gifts that will blow his mind. Sometimes I succeed, and other times I fail miserably.

I imagine many of you Broads feel the same way when it comes to men’s gifts. So I’m gonna help you out, and suggest some amazing and unique gifts for him. These range in price from just a few dollars to a significant investment. You are sure to find something that fits your budget and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, that will absolutely knock the socks off your mister!

 

Without further adieu, let’s dive in right in!

 

1. Viking Drinking Horn

 

 

 

This is an amazing gift for a manly man. I mean, does it get more manly than Vikings???

What’s great is that this is made from 100% natural buffalo horn, and it’s been polished and sealed to keep it gorgeous and to prevent leaks. It can hold a pint of beer, and it also comes with a lovely stand for displaying.

It’s $49.99. Get it here.

 

 

2. Stuff Every Man Should Know by Brett Cohen

 

 

 

I got this little book for Mr. Og a couple of years ago. It’s great! It’s a perfect bathroom reader, and it’s not just a joke, either.

The information contained in this tiny book is actually valuable. For example, it’ll tell your guy how to cast a fishing rod, get a raise, make a perfect martini, give a great massage and more!

It’s also only $8.45! Whoop whoop! Get it here.

 

 

3. A wallet with RFID blocking for extra security

 

 

Every guy needs a wallet. It’s just one of those things that wears out and needs to be replaced every year or two.

Nowadays, you can get men’s wallets with RFID blocking so assholes can’t steal your credit or debit card information. This wallet is great because it not only has the extra security, but it also has a fantastic minimalist design. I love this striking blue finish, but there are a ton of colors to choose from. It includes a money clip too!

Extra props for being under $20, at only $16.99!! Get it here.

 

 

4. Fossil Q Marshal Gen 2 Smoke Stainless Steel Touchscreen Smartwatch

 

These next three suggestions are all types of watches, but each is unique for certain types of guys.

For the tech lover who also likes classy looking accessories, this first one is perfect! We’ve seen Apple watches. They are wicked convenient and all, but hella ugly!

This Fossil Q Marshal Gen 2 Smoke Stainless Steel Touchscreen Smartwatch has amazing features!  It has a touch screen, full fitness integration, music control, and more.

Plus, you can get it for under $300! Buy it here.

 

If you want a classy and trendy watch, but don’t want to spend a few hundred dollars, check this out….

 

 

5. Wood Watch

 

 

 

These wood watches are a new trend, and Mr. Og is totally digging them. I have to say, they are just gorgeous!

Bewell makes a great quality wood watch, from natural material. It is non-toxic and hypo-allergenic. The hands are luminized as well, so you can still see the time in the dark. It also has a 36 month battery life, and is water resistant to 30 meters.

You seriously can’t beat the funky retro style either! He’ll love it! This is much less expensive than most nice looking watches.

It’s a great price at only $27.99. Get it here.

 

If your guy wants to have a time piece, but doesn’t want to wear it on his wrist, enter my next suggestion…

 

 

6. Zeiger Classic Mechanical Steampunk Pocket Watch

 

 

Who doesn’t like pocket watches? They are super classy and fun statement pieces!

This one is exquisite, with a gorgeous steampunk design and a black tone. To top it off, the surface is scratch resistant, and it features classic roman numerals. It’s also super affordable. He will feel classy and modern all at once!

Only $14.19! Find it here.

 

 

 7. Bear Paws Shredder Claws

 

 

 

 

Pretty much every manly man loves to BBQ meat. But who ends up shredding that beautiful brisket or pork roast for yummy sliders? Yea, in my house, it’s me.

With these super studly bear claws, you’ll never be given the meat shredding responsibility again. What guy doesn’t want to use these babies to shred up their perfectly cooked meat? I mean, it’s just another excuse for him to play with his food.

A steal at only $12.95! Get them here.

 

 

8. Beard Care Kit

 

 

For men with beards, a beard kit is the perfect gift. This one by QQ Wow is fabulous because it’s affordable, it includes beard oil, balm, and a quality wooden comb, and it all comes packed in a nice little reusable tin. So easy for traveling!

Only $19.99 to boot! Find it here.

 

If you don’t want to get him a beard care kit, at least grab him a quality bottle of beard oil. My very favorite is:

 

 

9. Topher’s Beard Oil

 

 

 

 

This beard oil is the shit! It smells absolutely incredible and instantly makes me want to jump Mr. Og’s bones! It also helps your guy’s beard to grow in thicker and healthier. Mr. Og’s beard is SO soft when he puts his Topher’s on! I’m in love with this stuff!

You only need a couple of drops–it goes a LONG way. Mr. Og can make this bottle last for almost 6 months.

Oh the smell! There are a ton of scents you can choose from. I’ve smelled four of them: Drunken Pirate, Whiskey & Woodsmoke, Sandalwood & Cedar, and Spiced Tobacco. I gotta say, my favorite is Spiced tobacco, but really, you can’t go wrong with any of them. They are all amazing!

It’s only $20.00!  Find it here.

 

 

10. Liquor Decanter Set

 

 

Most guys have a liquor of choice that they love to enjoy when their buddies come over, or by themselves in the evening after a hard day at work. Why not make the experience even finer for him with this stunning decanter set? It’s not only the coolest decanter ever, a 28 ounce globe with etched glass, but it’s also a work of art.

Each decanter is hand blown, with a custom designed ship on the inside. This kit also includes a wood base, two etched drinking glasses, eight stainless steel whiskey stones, a pair of tongs, a metal pour funnel, and a glass stopper! It’s a fantastic conversation piece, and I’m willing to bet it will even make his scotch taste smoother!

This is surprisingly affordable for only $39.99! Buy it here.

 

 

 

11. Xbox One X

 

 

 

Mr. OG likes to have the newest gaming console he can get. This year it’s the XBOX One X.

This puppy is loaded. You get a fully immersive 4K gaming experience with premium Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Audio, so he’ll feel like he’s ACTUALLY in the game. Plus it’s compatible with all things XBox One, so his old accessories and games will still work! You will love it too, because you can stream Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go and so much more in that quality 4K!

It’s the most expensive item on our list at $498.51, but totally worth it! Buy it here.

 

 

12. Call of Duty World War 2

 

 

 

 

If you get him the Xbox One X, you definitely need to get him the coolest new game for it, which is Call of Duty WWII! It just came out this month and it’s amazing. I’ve seen it played and the graphics are stunning! It still holds true to the COD we all love, too!

If you can’t afford to get the new gaming console, just pick him up this game, and he will love you forever!

Typical game price is $59.99. Get it here.

 

 

13.  Cologne Sampler

 

 

 

I’ve gifted this to many people over the years because it’s just so great! You know when you can’t decide what cologne or perfume you want? Don’t you wish you could try each kind for a day or two to see how you REALLY like it?

Enter Sephora’s solution: the cologne sampler (they also have a perfume sampler for women). The samples come in a nice classic travel bag, and you get 12 of the most popular men’s fragrances. The best part is that it comes with a certificate for a FULL-SIZED BOTTLE of the fragrance he likes best! This can be redeemed at any Sephora store in the U.S.

It’s only $65, and you can be sure it’s a scent he will love, because he will pick it out himself! Get it here.

 

 

14. Jerky of the Month Club

 

 

 

Every guy loves meat, and jerky counts! There are quite few monthly jerky clubs out there, but not all are created equal.

My favorite is Jerky Snob. There is no MSG, no nitrates, and no high fructose corn syrup, so you’re guy will still be healthy! Plus, they have a variety of different flavors that he’s sure to love!

Starting at only $15 a month (that doesn’t include S & H), it’s a steal! Join here.

 

 

15. Anti-Aging Kit

 

 

This may sound like a weird one, but check this: I’m 33 now, and therefore have been changing up my skincare routine A LOT. Mr. OG has gotten to hear about it many times.

One day he said he wanted to get himself a lotion for his face. It was the first time he’d ever expressed interest in skin care. But with us getting older, it’s something that has been on his mind.

Your guy will likely never go get himself anti-aging products, which is why this is such a great gift. It’ll get him on a great skincare routine without him feeling goofy about it.

This kit by Brickell is very well-reviewed, and it’s simple, just two products. First is the Revitalizing Anti Aging Cream, that firms and smooths his skin, and second is the Restoring Eye Cream that reduces puffiness & dark circles. Both work to smooth fine lines and wrinkles as well. Because it’s so simple, it shouldn’t be too hard for him to implement these into his morning or evening routine.

You can get it for $80, right here.

 

 

 

16. Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

 

 

At this point you may be starting to realize that I LOVE kits. This one is especially great because it involves your guy creating something of his own, which is half the fun! Almost every man loves a good hot sauce. This kit has excellent reviews on Amazon. It includes your ingredients for the sauce, as wells as  three bottles with lids and dashers, three fully customizable labels, a funnel, a pair of gloves, sanitizer, and a booklet with recipes and instructions. The whole shebang!

It’s also only $29.95. Get it here.

 

Is your guy not into spicy? Try this instead:

 

 

17. Make Your Own BBQ Sauce Kit

 

 

This is a great option for those gents who just don’t enjoy spiciness in their food. BBQ sauce is great as a marinade, or a dipping sauce. It’s Mr. Og’s very favorite.

With this kit you can make three different types of BBQ sauce. He will also still get that nice feeling of being able to enjoy something he made himself. All of the ingredients and supplies are included, so you don’t need to worry about anything missing, or having to gather extra ingredients. He’ll love it!

It’s also only $39.95! You can find it here.

 

 

18. Lifestraw Personal Water Filter

 

 

 

This thing is rad! There are so many situations where it can be useful.

You can take it camping, hiking, anywhere you travel, or you can put it into an emergency kit. It’s fantastic because it can really suck (oh the puns!) to have to carry around water. Water is heavy! So on that hiking trip, ditch the jugs and bring along your Lifestraw.

This baby can filter up to 1,000 liters of water. It doesn’t take batteries, and it surpasses EPA filter standards. It’s also only 9 inches long, so you can easily fit it pretty much anywhere. Your guy will love this tool!

It’s only $19.45! Buy it here.

 

 

19. Cyber Cleaning Putty

 

 

Cyber Cleaning Putting rocks! It’s a perfect little gift for a guy who loves his tech gadgets, and also is a bit of a clean freak (not mentioning any names, Mr. Og).  It works on almost any electronic gadget to get all that dust and gunk that even those aerosol cleaning duster cans leave behind.

You can use it on keyboards, phones, cameras, calculators, portable speakers, the back of your computer, the mouse, and any other electronic equipment you can think of. Even better, it can be used on kitchen appliances, remote controls, window sills, fans, brief cases, watches, jewelry, and so much more. It also has a nice fresh lemony clean smell to it.  It may not be the most exciting gift, but I guarantee it will be one he uses all the time!

It doesn’t break the bank either at only $10.99. Get it here.

 

 

20. Personalized White Oak Aging Barrel

 

 

What guy isn’t going to love his own personalized whiskey (or whatever spirit he likes) barrel? It looks wicked cool and will be one of his favorite pieces to expand his bar collection.

This barrel is two liters, and you can use it to age whiskey, beer, wine, tequila, rum, and even things like vinegar or honey. You can also have it engraved with your man’s name or nickname as well, making it completely his own–one of a kind.

It’s not only useful, but it’s a great conversation starter and a true work of art.

It’s also only $59.95! Buy it here.

 

 

21. BROUK & CO Leather Golf Flask

 

 

 

For your guy who loves to golf, this is one of the most unique and super cool gifts I’ve found.

Mr. Og loves to golf, but after a couple of years of Christmases, birthdays, and anniversaries, he pretty much has everything under the sun he could possibly need for the sport. Enter this little guy. It’s not only extremely well-made, but it also looks super sleek!

It hold 8 ounces of his favorite liquor, and some golf tools: 2 removable markers, 4 wooden tees, and a divot tool. As if that weren’t awesome enough, it also conveniently clips right to his golf bag!

Totally worth it for $43.27! Get it here.

 

 

22. Stadium Art Print

 

 

For your sport lover, why not get him a killer piece of art for his man cave (or man corner)?

This is an awesome print of Mr. Og’s favorite team stadium, the Century Link field where the Seattle Seahawks play. You can find just about any stadium your guy will like, whether it’s football, baseball, college, or the big leagues. Check Amazon. They have aerial photos, blueprint styles, drawings, paintings and more!

This print is only $29.95, so you can afford a nice frame for it, too! Get it here.

 

 

23. Bottle Loft

 

 

I love this gift so much because it’s a space saver! It comes with two VERY strong magnetic strips that you can hang a six pack of beer bottles from.

It’s super easy to install, and you will love the extra space it frees up for you in the fridge. Plus, it’s just cool looking, am I right? He will appreciate the simplicity but total coolness of this little gem of a gift!

It’s only $29.99. Find it here.

 

 

24. Magnetic Wristband

 

 

This wristband is super awesome for your mister! There’s always something to hammer, nail, hang, straighten, or whatever in your house. Out comes Mr. Handyman with thirteen nails stuck in his mouth. Inevitably, he swallows one and drops the other twelve.

Not anymore! The Magnetic Wristband by Magnogrip is great for those projects. Your guy can stick the nails right onto the wristband, and they aren’t going anywhere! No choking hazard, and no stepping on a nail three months later. Everybody wins!

You can get it for only $10.45. Buy here.

 

 

25. Folding Compact Workbench

 

 

Portable gifts are just great! Your guy can easily unfold this workbench anywhere he needs to do some real work. By the kitchen sink, or the washer, in the back yard, or in the garage.

He can also take it with him if he has a project that needs to be done away from home. He will love how easy it is to fold and carry.

It holds up to 1000 pounds, and has two 12 inch clamps. Here are the dimensions:  (W X D X H): 85.0 X 55.0 X 75.5cms. This will be a guaranteed winner!

It’s super affordable at $74.33! Get it here.

 

 

26. The Godfather on Blu-Ray

 

 

 

Every guy should own this series by Francis Ford Coppola. It doesn’t get much more classic than this!

Give him the chance to watch the rise and fall of the Corleone family. This is packed with amazing actors: Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando. It was also nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning three of them, including the highly coveted Best Picture.

He will cherish this masterpiece forever!

It’s only $29.78 for the whole set on blu-ray! Get it here.

 

 

27. Grilled Cheese Bags

 

 

Sure, this may seem like a simple, cheap, cheesy gift, and that’s because it IS (pun TOTALLY intended).

These bags are awesome! They make a fantastic grilled cheese sandwich, and he doesn’t have to pull out pans, spatulas, wash dishes, and all that jazz. He can easily slip his bread and cheese into the bag and throw it right into the toaster! Best of all, you don’t get stuck with the cleanup.

This is also great for bachelors and college students, or for when you are out of town and your mister has to fend for himself. It’s a set of three, and they are disposable, so he can just toss them when done!

They are only $6.49. Get them here.

 

 

28. Echo Show

 

 

 

A lot of guys have received the Echo or the Echo Dot in the last couple of years. I’m pretty sure Mr. Og considers Alexa his mistress. He loves her.

Now you can impress your guy even MORE with the Echo Show. This has everything you already love about Alexa, but it adds video! You can make calls, connect it to security cameras and baby monitors, watch music videos or cooking tutorials (while cooking), look at photos, and more, all hands free!

It also has Dolby processing, extended bass response, eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation for excellent audio quality and response. The one thing I’ve always thought was missing from Alexa was the visual component, and now it’s here. Believe me, he will love love LOVE this!

It’s decently priced at $229.99. Get it here.

 

 

29. Beard Shaving Bib

 

 

Honestly, this looks like it’s for him, but it’s kind of for YOU.

Mr. Og always leaves hair everywhere when he shaves or trims his hair. Try as he may, there’s always little bits of hair in the sink, in cracks, on the floor. It’s everywhere! Not anymore with this beard shaving bib.

It fits around his neck like the typical aprons you wear to get your hair cut. But the ends suction to the mirror, so it catches all the hair, and makes disposal a cinch!

This comes with a free stainless steel beard shaping tool, a beard catcher mat and a travel bag. No more hair all over the bathroom!

It’s also only $11.98! Find it here.

 

And finally, last but certainly not least……..

 

 

30. Full-Size Kegorator

 

 

Ladies, this is guaranteed to make him a happy man! What guy doesn’t want to be able to drink fresh poured draft beer in the comfort of his own home? What girls doesn’t want that either, for that matter?

This is especially great for fellas that like to home brew. The specs are impressive: It has a 5.1 cubic foot capacity, a double meter regulator, a 2.5 pound CO2 tank, a removable drip tray, an adjustable thermostat, a double tap system and more!

It’s a great gift for enjoying a beer after work, or for hosting a party and serving some home brew to all your friends. They will be impressed, and he will love it, I promise you that!

It’s totally worth the investment at $415.32! Buy it here.

 

So there you have it! Thirty of the best gifts you can get for that manly man in your life. Stay tuned for more gift guides in the coming weeks!

 

Share this list with your friends so they can impress their manly men!

 

Cheers!

 

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I’m the founder of The Bonafide Broad, and a thirty-something broad originally from the Pacific Northwest. I now live in Flagstaff, Arizona, with my guy, Mr. OG. When I’m not busy rescuing kittens from tall trees, carrying babies from burning buildings, and trying to establish world peace, I work for the school district in Flagstaff, and I run this blog.

Where in the Bloody Hell Did Halloween Come From?

 

Tomorrow, people all over the nation and the world will disguise themselves and walk around their neighborhoods begging strangers for candy. Seems legit.

I was raised in a very religious household, and never celebrated Halloween growing up. It makes me wonder where this bizarre holiday and its traditions came from, and how it became what it is today.



I did some research, and I have to say, it was fascinating. I decided to be a doll and share the most interesting points in a post, in honor of the holiday. Happy Halloween!

 

Origins

Like most holidays, the origins of Halloween are rooted in pagan customs. It seems that Halloween began in Celtic Ireland some 2,000 years ago. Back then, it was not called Halloween, it was called Samhain, which means November, or summer’s end. The Celts had four major festivals each year, and Samhain was their autumn festival.

 

 

One thing that makes the Celtic calendar much different from ours is that the Celts believed that days and years began in darkness and transitioned into lightness.

This is why their new year began in the winter. It began in the darker months, and progressed lighter into spring and summer. So November 1 is the Celtic New Year. Celebrations began at sunset the night before, which is October 31.

The Celts were very cautious of transitions, believing that during these times the normal laws of the universe did not apply. The World Book Encyclopedia states: “The Celts believed that the dead could walk among the living…During Samhain, the living could visit with the dead.”

With November 1 marking the New Year, the Celts thought the transition between the old year and the New Year opened the boundaries of the “Otherworld.” Spirit creatures would be able to roam the earth freely during this transition.

 

Influences on Samhain

When the Romans conquered most of the Celtic lands, they began to bring some of their traditions into the mix. There are two major Roman festivals that were eventually incorporated into Samhain.

The first was the festival of Feralia, which was near the end of October. This festival honored the passing of the dead. The second was the festival to Pomona, the god of fruit and trees.

 

 

The apple was the symbol of Pomona. Interestingly, since the Irish festival of Samhain marked the end of the harvest, apples were already a big part of that. In fact, it was required that all of the apples had to be picked before the festivities of Samhain could begin on the night of October 31. So it made sense for the conquering Romans to elevate apples into the festival.

Despite Roman opposition, even after they were conquered, the Celts kept celebrating Samhain. In the 7th century, Pope Gregory III declared that November 1 would be All Saints Day, or all Hallows Day. Previously All Saints Day had been in May. This move was likely to merge Christian and pagan beliefs, thus converting more pagans to Christianity.

The evening before became All Hallows Eve, which eventually came to be called Halloween.

 

How Common Traditions Began

There are so many interesting traditions associated with Halloween, and let me tell you, their origins are not boring. I picked out four of the best (in my humble opinion) Halloween traditions, and found out how they began.

 

Costumes:

As I mentioned, it was believed by the Celts that spirit creatures could roam freely on Samhain. Some people even left their doors opened and placed food out for the spirits of their loved ones to welcome them home.

 

 

However, it was also thought that some of these spirits were looking for bodies to inhabit, or wanted to harm people they were angry at in their lives on earth.

To protect themselves, the Celts disguised themselves in various costumes, their version of demons, often incorporating animal heads. The purpose was to confuse the evil spirits, and trick them into thinking the humans were also demons. It was a defense mechanism to protect the living.

As time passed and Christianity began to exert more influence over the holiday, the Catholic Church encouraged dressing up as angels, saints, and other heavenly creatures. Eventually, it became acceptable to dress up as anything you wanted, as long as it was a disguise.

 

Jack O’ Lanterns:

I’ve always wondered why we carve strange faces into pumpkins in the days approaching October 31. Again, this tradition is rooted in Irish history.

 

 

The Celts had a myth about a man called Stingy Jack. He was a blacksmith and a drunk, and one night he ran into the Devil in a pub.

He invited the Devil for a drink. However, being “stingy,” he did not want to pay for his drink. He managed to convince the Devil to turn himself into a coin to pay for their drinks, in exchange for Jack’s soul.

 

 

However, when the Devil complied, Jack changed his mind and pocketed the coin. Jack had a silver cross in his pocket next to the coin, which prevented the Devil from freeing himself. He only agreed to set the Devil free on the promise that the Devil would leave him and his soul alone for 10 years. The Devil complied.

After the passing of 10 years, Jack again encountered the Devil, this time on a country road. The Devil was eager to claim what was owed to him. However, Jack ended up tricking the Devil again, convincing him to climb a tree to grab a luscious apple as a last meal for Jack to enjoy before having his soul claimed.

When the Devil did so, Jack quickly carved a cross into the trunk of the tree, trapping the Devil again. He made the Devil promise to never try to claim his soul again. Having no choice, the Devil again complied, and was freed by Jack.

The story doesn’t end there for Stingy Jack. When he died, God wanted nothing to do with the deceiver, and barred him from entering Heaven. To top it off, the Devil was pissed and didn’t want Jack in Hell either. Confused and distraught, Jack asked the Devil what he was supposed to do. The Devil told him to go back where he came from.

The way was very dark, so the Devil, in an undeserved act of decency, tossed Jack a piece of coal from hell. Jack placed the coal into a carved turnip to light his way.

 

Stingy Jack | How To Carve The Perfect Jack-O-Lantern [Infographic])

Image via Jovan-Ukropina Deviant Art

 

From then on, he was no longer called Stingy Jack. Instead, they called him Jack of the Lantern. It is said that he still roams the earth with his turnip lantern.

Tradition meant the Irish would carve creepy faces into turnips and place them in windows to scare away Stingy Jack and the other unsavory souls that roamed the earth on Samhain. Later, after the Irish immigrated to America, pumpkins became the more accepted vegetable for this purpose.

 

Bobbing for Apples:

While the apple has always had a large part in the origins of Halloween, the tradition of bobbing for apples actually came from Britain, and extended to Ireland. It was known as a courting ritual. The first young lady to bite an apple would be the first to marry, it was believed.

 

Courtesy of  en.wikipedia.org

 

The game was eventually all but forgotten, until Americans decided to incorporate it into modern Halloween festivities.

There was also a superstition that if a girl put her bitten apple under her pillow before she fell asleep, she would see her future husband in her dreams.

 

Trick or Treating:

There are differing opinions about the origins of trick or treating.

One theory asserts that it began in medieval times. Poor adults and their children would go door to door on All Hallows Eve and offer to say prayers and sing songs for the recently departed souls of that family. In exchange, the family would give food or beer to the poor family as a token of appreciation.

 

 

Another theory is that because All Hallows Eve became known for pranks, the term “Trick or Treat” was coined to offer kids an alternative to playing pranks, a sort of bribe. The here-are-some-treats-don’t-TP-my-yard-please kind of bribe.

Wherever trick or treating originated from, it became an integral part of Halloween festivities after the Great Depression. Children began going to homes dressed in costumes asking for candy, and it stuck.

 

Halloween Today

Today, Halloween is celebrated all over the world. Kids love to dress up and roam the neighborhoods filling bags or buckets with as much candy as they can. For adults, like many other American holidays, Halloween has become an excuse to gather, eat, drink, and party. We even dress up our animals!

 

 

This festival meant a lot people 2,000 years ago. It may not mean the same thing to us today, but Halloween is a great example of the way ancient festivals and traditions from different cultures have collided and morphed into modern day celebrations.

So when you celebrate tomorrow, stop for a moment to think about how humans have been taking part in similar festivals basically since the beginning of our species.

We continue to grow and change as time goes by, which begs the question: What will Halloween will look like 2,000 years in the future?

 

Be safe and have fun!

 

 

 

The information in this post was taken from several different resources, including:

Irishgeneologytoolkit.com

Albany.edu

JW.org

History.com

Hauntedbay.com

Smithsonianmag.com

 

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I’m the founder of The Bonafide Broad, and a thirty-something broad originally from the Pacific Northwest. I now live in Flagstaff, Arizona, with my guy, Mr. OG. When I’m not busy rescuing kittens from tall trees, carrying babies from burning buildings, and trying to establish world peace, I work for the school district in Flagstaff, and I run this blog.