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Keep Your Tips Up: Life Lessons of a Lady Ski Bum Volume 1 | Gift Giving

How to give a gift when you spent all your cash on new skis.

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The holidays can be a time of great revelry for a ski bum. Nothing sets the tone for carousing like the at-last influx of tourist dollars, employer-sponsored holiday parties, and, well, the holidays in general. But as you cheers away 12 more dollars on a “bespoke” cocktail comes the sobering realization that you have no money left for gifts.

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What’s a well-meaning but fiscally challenged ski bum to do?

Make everything. I’m finally putting my fine arts degree to use, Mom and Dad! No such degree? Then Pinterest it is! The only reason retailers make money is because most people do not have the time or brainpower to make the thing themselves. As a ski bum, you’ve at least got the former so you’re halfway there! And if you really have a struggle-fest, take comfort in the fact that it’s the thought that counts, right?

Use your employee discount as best you can. I know, I know, it’s probably meant just for you, but this is the season to give! Impress your family with some fancy shit that they don’t know you actually get 40% off of.

Give “experiences.” It’s all the rage with high-end concierges and credit card ad campaigns, why not jump on the band wagon? Do something nice for your parents that you probably would have done anyway; you can’t go wrong with the usual “One Free Massage” for your girlfriend, which she’ll cash in after a tiring storm cycle and you’ll likely get laid. The gift that keeps on giving, amiright?

Secret Santa exchanges with your roommates or large group of friends helps cap your gift buying at just one. Just make sure you delineate if this thing entails a joke gift or a real gift, because you don’t want to be the only asshole showing up with $15 dollars worth of steaming Chinese take-out in a deceivingly-wrapped box.

Best of luck crafting and being crafty! And make sure you stock up on thank you cards because, as the inferior gift-giver, it’s going to be the only department in which you have a chance to shine.