OK, smartphones don't quite fit in with our traditional ideas of the holidays, but that doesn't mean they're the enemy of family time. For the next month, families across the country will finish up their enormous dinners, pour themselves some eggnog, and head to the den, where everyone can bask in the warm glow of…
Our ability to pick out thoughtful, appropriate, and selfless gifts is one of mankind's noblest abilities — it's what separates us from the animals (and from Don, your extremely rude sophomore-year roommate). But while the goodwill behind a gift lasts forever, the gift itself does not.
Sometimes it feels like if you don't post, tweet, or Tumbl an event, it kind of isn't real. But while you're focusing on inflicting FOMO upon your frenemies, it's easy to forget about your most ardent and devoted social media fan base: your family. And now that the holidays are here, you've got some explaining to do.
The holidays are a time to give back, and shower your family with gifts that show how much you truly appreciate all that they do for you during the year. But if, in the course of giving back, you happen to get yourself a little something out of the deal — hey, all the better, right?