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If you’re dreading heading to the store to do your holiday shopping, or you’re undecided about what to buy members of your family, you’re probably stressing out for nothing. That’s because according to a new survey, the gift most people want is…money.

The Zelle poll finds that 58% of Americans would prefer to receive money as a gift this holiday season, which is good considering 40% of people say they plan to give money over the holidays.

As for what they’ll do with the dough, 63% of people will use it for either experiences, bills or personal spending, but how they use it does depend on the generation. It seems Millennials are more likely to use the dough for experiences, while Gen X and Boomers are more likely to use it for personal spending.

So, if you’re giving money, how should you do it? Of course, since this is a survey by the banking app Zelle, they are trying to show you why you should use them, instead of say, checks. They point out that 20% of people say they have received checks as a gift and never cashed it. Close to half say they didn’t cash it because they lost or forgot about it, with plenty of people saying taking a paper check to the bank is too much of a hassle.

Source: Biz Journals

In the coming weeks a lot of people will be celebrating with office holiday parties, and it’s no secret that things can get out of hand at these company-sponsored bashes.

Just how bad do things get? Well, a new Evite poll finds that one in three employees say they’ve done something they regret at their holiday party. What’s more, 40% of people say they’ve either experienced office drama or seen juicy revelations come out at a party. Along those lines, the poll finds that the average person will find out seven pieces of gossip about their co-workers at the holiday bash.

And office parties always have the potential for romance (likely thanks to all that booze), with 37% of people saying they spotted an office hookup at a previous holiday party.

Still, with all this drama, most folks enjoy their office holiday party. In fact, 75% of employees look forward to their office party each year, with socializing with co-workers the thing they most look forward to. Other things folks look forward to include:

  • Eating delicious food (54%)
  • Drinking free booze (44%)
  • Getting the office gossip (29%)
  • Mingling with the boss (25%) 
  • Of course, some people party a bit too much, with 35% of people admitting they’ve shown up late for work the day after the party, while 17% didn’t even show up at all. And you can probably guess why most were late. That’s right, 53% say they were hungry, while 42% slept through their alarm and 38% woke up with a massive headache. 

Source: SWNS Digital

December will be here this weekend and as we head into the last month of the year, these are the trends you’ll be seeing everywhere in the coming weeks.

  • Grelfies” - While you’re gathering together with your nearest and dearest during the holidays, you’ll probably take some pictures of the group, group selfies if you will, which are now being called grelfies. Just make sure to tap the person with the longest arms to snap it.
  • Teddy Bear coats - You’ve probably seen them on celebs or Instagram influencers, or even random women on the street because teddy bear coats are very in this season. They get their name from looking a lot like the stuffed animal and they’re a great way to stay cozy, warm, and stylish this winter.
  • Unapologetically cheesy holiday movies - Netflix is back at it with the silly rom-coms after last year’s “A Christmas Prince.” This year’s movies include “A Christmas Prince 2: The Royal Wedding.” “The Christmas Chronicles” starring Kurt Russell as Santa, and “The Princess Switch” starring Vanessa Hudgens. And they may be cheesy, but Netflix knows people will watch them.
  • The ketotarian diet - there’s only so much bacon, chicken, and cheese a person can eat, so this twist on the keto diet allows meat, fish, and cheese in moderation, but it focuses on plant-based fats and low-carb veggies.
  • Neon holiday decor - If you’re over red and green as the standard colors of the season, you’ll be delighted to know Etsy’s Holiday Trends Report says neon holiday swag is in now.

Source: PureWow

Who wants actual presents wrapped in pretty paper when you could have a gift card instead? If you’re a fan of the gift that always fits and allows people to buy exactly what they want, you’ll be happy to know that Target is bringing back its annual one-day gift card sale to save your holiday budget.

This Sunday, December 2nd, Target gift cards will be 10% off, both online and in stores. And you don’t even need a coupon code. Sure, 10% isn’t much, but it’s Target and we’ll take what we can get for free, right? There is a $300 limit per household, but that’s a lot of savings. Just think of what you could do with that $30 you saved. Or you could just keep the gift cards for yourself and no one would know.

On top of their gift card deal, Target is also helping us save during the holidays with free 2-day shipping, same-day delivery, and drive-up service. They’re also running weekend specials every weekend in December, so check on Wednesday to find out what that weekend’s deal is. Just another reason we love to love Target.

Source: Scary Mommy

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