Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for the Procrastinator | Under $50

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Winter Cocktails with Avenue Club | Guest Blog Post

avenue club drinksWe are happy to announce the Avenue Club as our guest blogger for this week’s post. The Avenue Club & Bubble Up Bar is located at 1128 E. Washington Avenue, just down the street from our Galaxie and Constellation luxury high-rise apartment buildings.

At The Avenue Club & Bubble Up Bar we are all about tradition. This winter, the additions to our specialty cocktail menu are no exception. All of our drinks are adaptations of classic American cocktails from the Sidecar to the Manhattan; but with the arrival of the cold season, we wanted our new libations to warm your soul whether by The Avenue Lounge’s firepit or afterward taking in the amazing view from the Galaxie’s Community Patio. Continue reading

How to Graciously Accept Unwanted Holiday Gifts

First of all, let’s start off by saying that the holiday season is about being with loved ones, giving thanks for all of the good in our lives, and the spirit of giving. But, we’ve all been in a situation where we have received gifts that we, in all honesty, just aren’t that excited about. If you’re at your family gathering this year and you receive a gift that you won’t use or just plain don’t like, don’t sweat it! Things don’t need to get awkward. We have some tips on how to keep the holiday spirit alive by graciously accepting unwanted holiday gifts, as well some suggestions for what to do with those unwanted gifts when the party is over.

It’s the thought that counts, right?

Regardless of the gift, be sure to thank the giver! Even if you’re not over the moon about the present you just opened, be sure to smile and thank the person who gave it to you. Remember that this person still thought of YOU when making their shopping list this year. Even if they missed the mark, the giver may have put a lot of thought into the gift, and they definitely took the time to buy it, wrap it and get it to you. Smiling and thanking them shows that you appreciate their efforts.
(Pro Tip: Whether you receive the gift in person or in the mail, we recommend always sending a hand-written thank you card. Your grandmother would be proud!)
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Giving is Getting

gift_givingThere’s an old saying that “it is better to give than to receive.” It’s easy to scoff at the notion, as we all love “getting,” but when we give, there is actually potential to get back so much more than we might realize. Whether it be watching a friend’s eyes light up as he opens the gift you knew he wanted or getting  appreciation from your family when you cook their holiday meal, the joy and sense of togetherness that comes from giving can be the best gift of all. Continue reading