National Donut Day Freebies 2019

2021 National Doughnut Day Freebies

National Donut Day Freebies 2019

Friday, June 4, 2021 is the next National Doughnut Day. Or National Donut Day, whichever way you swing. It dates back to 1938 and dates forward to delicious, scrumptious free doughtnuts and donuts and coffee!

So dig out those extra stretchy pants and skimp on dessert for a few nights because we're about to get some free doughnuts and donuts! As always, you might want to confirm with your local store that they're participating in any promotions. I've listed all the confirmed 2020 offers I could find. This post will get updated with 2021 offers as we get closer to the event.

If you spot any I missed, please leave a comment with a link to the offer!

Krispy Kreme – Your pick of any variety donut for free! Their chocolate iced kreme filled have always been a favorite of mine since I was a wee little Goob. (locations)

Dunkin' Donuts – Free classic donut of your choice with the purchase of any beverage. (locations)

Walmart – Select locations will offer free samples of coffee and donuts between 12:30-6:30pm.Enter your zip code to see if a local store is participating. (do I really need a locations for Walmart?)

LaMar's – Get one free donut with no purchase necessary of any donut “with a hole.” (locations)

Kwik Trip – Get a coupon for a free Cake Donut, Dunker, or Glazer with your Kwik Rewards card. After logging in, go to “Coupons” and click “Add Offer” to save the coupon to your account. (locations)

Duck Donuts – Receive a free classic donut, which includes their bare, cinnamon sugar, or powdered sugar donuts. No purchase necessary! (locations)

Unconfirmed Freebies

Cumberland Farms – For the second year in a row, many sites and even news stations are reporting you'll get a free doughnut if you buy any sized drink, but I can't find anything from CF confirming this. They've held similar promotions on past National Doughnut Days though, so I'd call ahead if you're interested in this.

If you have a link or press release from Cumberland Farms confirming this freebie, please share in the comments!

Shipley Do-Nuts – In previous years, you could drop in between 5am – 12pm to pick up a free glazed donut with any purchase. I haven't found any confirmation for 2021, though.


Free Summer Movie Deals

2021 Summer Movie Deals, Discounts, & Freebies

With summer fast approaching and vaccines finally being delivered, we should soon start learning if & when the summer movie deals will return for 2021!

The following details were all valid in 2019. Then, for obvious reason, we didn't have any offers in 2020.

Eagle-eyed Hiffers (holy crap, how did you get an EAGLE'S EYE?!) know that my current offspring count sits equal to the number of home runs I've hit for the Seattle Mariners this season. That said, growing up with tons of siblings, I have an inkling for what it's like with bored, moping children around the house. For you see, I myself get bored. A lot. And if your kids are anything like me, it must be insufferable to be around them when they have nothing to do. Plus it's hot outside! I need some cheap, air-conditioned entertainment.

As such, here's a huge list of all the free & cheap summer movie events! Almost every theater chain has a dedicated page advertising their summer deals, plus a helpful list of participating locations. So be sure to make sure your local spot is holding a deal before heading out.

I've included both nationwide and smaller, regional chains so as many Hiffers can take advantage of these deals as possible. I'm sure there are more, so please leave a comment if you find any I missed!

Alamo Drafthouse – Their summer Kids Camp shows children's classics with tickets at $1, $3, or $5, depending on location. Kids earn stickers for your Alamo Kids Club Prize Book and 100% of proceeds go to local nonprofits! You can even buy your tickets online, making this super easy and relaxing!

AMC Theaters – Their Summer Movie Camp program holds kid-friendly movies plus a KidsPack every Wednesday for just $4! This year, the program runs through July 31 and will feature movies such as Trolls, Lego Movie 2, Peter Rabbit and many more.

The KidsPack mentioned includes a kid's size popcorn, small drink, and FrootiTooti fruit snack!

Bow Tie Cinemas – Select locations are showing free kids movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am from June 25 to Aug. 21.

Cinemark Century Theaters – They have two different money saving movie programs. During their 10-week program from May 27 to Sep. 8, pay $1 per person, per movie, at the box office on the day of your movie! That's already a great deal. But you can also pay $5 in advanced and get tickets for all 10 movies!

Cineplex – Saturday mornings at 11am through July will feature Cineplex Family Favourites. Watch a family favorite film each week for only $2.50 at participation locations, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the WE Charity.

Classic Cinemas – Running June 5 – August 7, take part in the Wednesday Morning Movie Series. Each Wednesday morning, ticket prices are just $1, with all movies rated G or PG. Movies start at 10am, but doors open at 9am. You're encouraged to arrive early to meet some of your favorite characters and join in on the fun games & activities.

Georgia Theatre Company – Join them for the Summer Kid Show Series at 10:00am every Tuesday and Thursday in June and July. They've got $1.50 admission, $1.50 drinks, and $1.50 popcorn.

Harkins Theater – Prices look to vary by participating location, but kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film!

Free Summer Movie Discounts Freebies

Marcus Theaters – Every Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday mornings at 10am from June 16 – Aug. 14 will feature a favorite family flick for just $3! Popcorn and fountain drinks are $2.75 as well. Finally, you can score 2 free tickets and print them from home thanks to your local American Family Insurance agent.

Don't miss those literal free tickets right there! ☝

Megaplex Theatres – Individual tickets are $1.50 for 10am movies running almost every day, with sensory friendly shows at 10:30am! You can also buy a 10 movie pass for just $10.

Metropolitan Theaters – Get $2 admission to movies at 10am, starting June 11 – Aug. 13. Dates depending on your regional theater.

  • Redstone & Wildhorse are every TUESDAY
  • MetroLux 14 & Paseo Nuevo are every TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
  • Camino Real is every THURSDAY

Paragon Theaters – Scroll down to find their Free Kids Movies promotion. Starting June 11 through Aug. 8, get free admission for 10am movies on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Seats are limited to first come, first serve.

Phoenix Theatres – Absolutely free select 10am showings of kid movies every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Doors open at 9am and all ages are welcome. There's also a “special kiddie meal” available, but I'm not sure what's included in that.

Regal Cinemas – All summer long, you can see select G or PG movies for just $1 a ticket! Show times are Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10am via their Summer Movie Express program.

Studio Movie Grill – Their Summer Children's Series varies by location, but largely runs every weekday at 11am through the end of summer. Like the rest, you get a family friendly film for only $1 a ticket.

Showcase Cinemas – Their Bookworm Wednesdays allow kids to bring in a book report (6 and under don't need this) in exchange for free admission! The best I ever got for a book report was the promise of no more book reports.

Ultra Star Cinemas – Finally, see a different movie every week at 9:30am for just $1. New movies are rotated each week.

So there you have it. Like I said earlier, please leave a comment if you know of any programs I missed!

Other Summer Freebies


Kids Roller Skate Free

Free Kids Roller Skating

Kids Roller Skate Free

Next up in our summer freebies series is a “OH DEAR GOD, JUST GET OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR A WHILE!” offer for all those stressed out parents πŸ™‚ You can grab free kids roller skating passes good at a variety of locations in 36 states.

Once you locate a nearby rink, click their name to see dates, times, and age limits for their free skating. There's also a $4 signup fee to register at some locations. While not free, the passes don't expire until the end of the year, so you make your money back pretty fast.


Free Mother's Day Card

Free Mother’s Day Card

Free Mother's Day Card

Artifact Uprising is giving away up to four free customized Mother's Day cards. However, you must order before May 1, 2019!

After creating your card with a custom photo and message, go through the checkout steps to send your free card. The payment screen should say $0.00 total. On the same screen, it asks “How did you hear about us?” Feel free to answer with heyitsfree.net! 😊


Free Petzel on National Pretzel Day 2019

Free Pretzels on 2021 National Pretzel Day, April 26

I think we all remember reading about pretzel's invention by Italian monks in 610 AD. Trust me, it was big news.

But did you know April 26 is National Pretzel Day? You didn't? LIAR! Of course you did, I just told you. Geez, pay attention.

As in years past, a variety of stores are giving out free pretzels this Friday with no purchase necessary! Like usual, if you know of any I missed, share in the comments.

2020 Free Pretzel Offers

We should know more about the 2021 offers in March. Here's what was offered back in 2019 and 2020 though. This is what I expect for 2021 as well.

Any Hiffers remember how Prezelmaker used to make people tell a joke in order to get this freebie? Glad to see they backed off my turf πŸ™‚ Good times.


2018 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Entrepreneur Deals

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Entrepreneur Deals

2018 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Entrepreneur Deals

Being an entrepreneur and running a business online can be an expensive endeavor! On top of the double taxation and unsteady income, there are countless subscriptions and licenses you need to buy. I probably have two dozen services running HIF, any number of which I'd be rudderless without.

One tip I always give anybody starting or running a website is to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Throughout the year, I bookmark all sorts of services I want to try, then buy a cheap subscription this time of year. If it's worth it, I upgrade the next year for the same discount!

Below, you'll find some of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals I could find for anybody running a website. I personally use each and every one of these for something!

Even if you've only been thinking about starting a site, now is the perfect and cheapest time to start!

NameDealEndCodeCategory
WP Engine35%Nov 26cyberwpe2018 (review)Hosting
SiteGround75%Nov 26none needed! (review)Hosting
HostGator65%Nov 232018BF (review)Hosting
PureVPN88%Nov 23none needed! (review)VPN, security
Namecheap$0.99 domainsNov 26none needed! (review)Domains
GoDaddy$0.99 domainsNov 26none needed! (review)Domains
WP Rocket35%Nov 27none needed! (review)Cache, Plugin
AAWP30%Nov 26BLACKWEEKEND2018 (review)Affiliate, Plugin
Pretty Links Pro60%Nov 30BFCODE (review)Affiliate, Plugin
Gravity Forms30%Nov 23none neededContact, Plugin
Advanced Custom Fields30%Nov 27BLACKFRIDAY2018Plugin
Jetpack30%Nov 30JPBLACKFRIDAY30Plugin
Soliloquy30%Nov 30BFSS30Slider, Plugin
Envira Gallery30%Nov 30BFSS30Gallery, Plugin
StudioPress20%Nov 30none needed! (review)Themes
ThemeIsle30%Nov 26none needed!Themes
GeneratePress25%Nov 26BLKFRI18Themes
WooCommerce30%Nov 30BLACKCYBER2018 (review)eCommerce, plugin
Easy Digital Download25%Nov 30BFCM2018eCommerce, plugin
Proven40%?BLACK18eCommerce, plugin

Save 35% off WPEngine

WP Engine Black Friday Deals

WPEngine is one of the largest and best managed WordPress hosting service available. So much so that I personally use WPEngine to host websites for my freelance clients!

Through Cyber Monday, they're giving a 35% discount on all annual plans, which equals 5 free months! Simply use code cyberwpe2018 at checkout.

This deal expires November 26.

Save 75% off SiteGround

SiteGround Black Friday Deals

With SiteGround's Black Friday sale, there's no code need! You can instantly save a 75% discount on all of their shared hosting plans, which I use for some of my own sites, like this streaming gear review site!

SiteGrounds' deal is only valid on Black Friday (Nov 23) and Cyber Monday (Nov 26).

Save 55% off HostGator

HostGator Black Friday Deals

If you have a much smaller website that you doesn't receive tons of daily traffic, HostGator gives you the best bang for your buck. At 65% off, it's hard to find another hosting package that comes in under $3 a month! However not only that, but you also get a free domain with this, making it the perfect option for a new site!

HostGator is only offering 65% off their hosting on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I believe. To get this deal, use code 2018BF.

Get $0.99 Domains at Name Cheap

Namecheap Black Friday Deals

While I love NameCheap as my domain registry of choice, their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals take a tiny bit of work. You'll need to set an alarm for X:59 each day.

Why? Because a limited number of cheap domains and hosting packages become available at the start of every hour, 24 times a day!

I've already managed to score a $0.88 .com name and .org name!

These sales are only valid on Black Friday (Nov 23) and Cyber Monday (Nov 26).

Get $0.99 Domains at GoDaddy

GoDaddy Black Friday Deals

GoDaddy is offering $0.99 for certain top level domains. You can get multiple of these, which I find are great for joke sites or small niche sites that don't necessarily need a .com!

I picked up a $0.99 .info and .club just now! In addition to .99 domains, they have $1.99 and $2.99 for some other tlds.

I believe these prices are valid on Black Friday and Cyber Monday only!

Save 35% off WP Rocket

WP Rocket Black Friday Deal

WP Rocket is the best caching plugin for WordPress. It has all the features any other caching plugins has, but it's also super easy to use and well documented.

Google is placing a growing importance on website loading times, which is where WP Rocket comes in. It links with

If you're running a site with more than 10 visitors a day, you need a caching plugin!

Get 35% off on all plans before this expires November 27.

Save 30% Off AAWP

AAWP Black Friday Deals

AAWP is my personal pick for the best Amazon Associates plugin for WordPress. It's what I use for the table on our daily Amazon Deals roundups. You can also easily make comparison tables or individual product widgets, both of which are seen on this best fps monitors guide!

Amazon has become aggressively enforcing their TOS rules, many of which are … let's say arcane? Many Amazon plugins fail certain aspects, but AAWP is completely, 100% compliant Amazon's entire TOS. It uses Amazon's API to update prices in real time, which is one of Amazon's biggest demands.

I honestly can't imagine being in Amazon's affiliate program and not using AAWP!

For Black Friday, AAWP is 30% off with code BLACKWEEKEND2018

This deal expires November 26.

Save 60% off Pretty Links Pro

Pretty Links Pro Black Friday

Pretty Links Pro is my plugin of choice for managing links. Remember how many times I posted free Kellogg's codes over the years? I'd go insane updating each of those posts, individually, every time the link changed!

Pretty Links Pro lets you manage all of your links from one, central location.

They're offering 60% off all new purchases and upgrades! Use code BF2018 before this special ends November 30.

Save 20% off StudioPress Themes

StudioPress Black Friday Deals

Studiopress is offering 20% off all their themes.

I use their Genesis theme here on HIF and it's easy to see why!

This sales ends November 30.

Save 30% off WooCommerce

WooCommerce Black Friday Deals

When it comes to selling physical goods, nothing beats WooCommerce.

I use it on Lit Loot, a pop-up shop that sells unique pins at e-sport events! WooCommerce is able to securely handle thousands of orders, from any device, and around the globe, and keep everything in order.

Without WooCommerce, we'd have to use Shopify, which would inevitably cost more money.

This sales ends November 30.

Save 88% off PureVPN

PureVPN Black Friday

Working from home ultimately means working from an unsecured internet connection. During a given year, I travel for holidays, vacation, work conferences, and often work from a coffee shop or library.

All those open, public wifi connections are prime opportunity to have your passwords stolen, or even worse. The last thing I want is to check an affiliate account at my hotel, only to have the bellhop log-in later and switch my payout options to his bank account!

Plus, do you really know who owns that AirBnB? Heck, the previous guests could have installed spyware on the router!

Thus, a VPN is an absolute must! One of the best Black Friday VPN deals is with PureVPN. They're giving 88% off on a 5 year plan! At $1.32 a month, this is less than a pack of gum yet provides an incredible amount of security!


Free Uber Ride on Election Day.

Free Rides on Election Day

Free Uber Ride on Election Day.

Election Day is right around the corner on Tuesday, November 6. But what if you need a ride to the voting polls?

Lyft is offering free and discounted rides all day long. More info will be available on their site and in the app closer to election day.

  • 🚙 New Lyft riders can use code RYAN285139 to get $5 to $20 off your first ride, depending where you live!

Meanwhile, Uber has partnering with nonprofit organizations #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to register voters before state deadlines and provide free rides to the polls. It seems they'll also release more info closer to election day.

  • 🚗 New Uber riders can use code UBERHIF to get your first ride free!

Finally, always check with a local campaign. It's very common for campaigns to organize ride shares, especially for voters who want to vote for them!

I'll keep updating this post as Lyft and Uber release updates on redeeming a free ride.

Earn Extra Holiday Cash

Both Uber and Lyft are offering bonuses for becoming drivers! Working at your own pace and setting your hours while driving are a great way to add a little money to your wallet for the holidays.

If interested, make sure to sign up soon! For a limited time, the next 1000 new Lyft drivers that apply are eligible for a $300 bonus after completing 100 rides!


Free Museum Day Admission

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Free Museum Day Admission

If you're bored on Saturday, September 21, 2019 and live near one of the thousands of participating museums, then you should take advantage of the annual Free Museum Admission Day!

It's rather impressive how many museums the Smithsonian has convinced to participate, but don't let me influence your opinion. I get impressed easily. I once saw a dog wearing sun glasses then spent 10 minutes begging for his autograph.

You can download your free ticket here and the fine print says each ticket allows entry for two people at participating museums and cultural institutions across the country.

So go! Venture out and soak in the free knowledge, culture, and enlightenment! Let me know how you enjoyed your free experience in the comments.


Tax Day Freebies

2021 Tax Day Freebies and Deals

Tax Day Freebies

The 2021 Tax Day freebies post should start coming together in late March! Check back then to find all the deals and freebies.

Ahh, glorious Income Tax Day is upon us with but a single day to spare. I've still yet to finish mine. I've only entered in my name and address on my Turbo Tax account, but the status bar still reads as 0% complete. That's not too encouraging if you ask me. I might just end up filing for an extension this morning. Hooray Democracy! At least I'm a few steps ahead of Homer Simpson.

While I toil away at figuring out which of my plants count as dependents (hey, they couldn't live without me!), enjoy this list of 2018 Tax Day freebies and deals! I should note, you may see other frugal sites reporting additional freebies, but I didn't include those. Everything below are offers with hard evidence for them online.

Unless otherwise noted, these freebies are available on Thursday, April 15, 2021 only.

2020 Tax Day Freebies

File Your Taxes – Before we get to the fun stuff, you've filed your taxes, right?! If you haven't, you can file your free federal tax return in minutes with Turbo Tax or H&R Block. I'd start with getting that done before scoring any freebies from below πŸ˜€

California Tortilla – Say the password “Chipping In” to get free chips and queso with any purchase. (locations)

Great American Cookies – One of the longest running Tax Day freebies, for it's sixth year in a row, is my favorite! Snag a free Cookies & Cream cookie for a jolt of sugar down the homestretch! (locations)

Hardee'sFree sausage biscuit, no purchase necessary, 7-10 am. (locations)

Hot Dog on a Stick – You get a free Original Turkey or Veggie Dog on a stick. (locations)

Free Kona Shaved Ice Tax Day

Kona Ice – They'll be giving away free shaved ice again. Last year, in order to find a participating location, you had to tweet your zip code @konaice and they'd let you know the closest truck. You can still do that, or you can use their new Find A Kona.

Planet Fitness – This 10th annual free HydroMassage might actually be the longest running Tax Day Freebies on this list! Offer is valid April 17 – 22.

Tony Roma's – Your Tax Relief is free kickin' shrimp. Your Next Day Relief is not getting food poisoning! (locations)

2018 Tax Day Deals

Boston Market – If you dine-in, you can purchase a $10.40 that includes a Half Chicken Individual Meal with 2 sides, cornbread, PLUS a regular fountain beverage. (locations)

Bruegger's Bagels – $10.40 gets you a Big Bagel Bundle, which is 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese. Offer available now through April 17, 2018. You can print the coupon on their site. (locations)

Captain D's – Taxes never tasted this good! Get 6 pieces of Batter Dipped Fish, 1 family side, and 6 Hush Puppies for $10.40. (locations)

Chuck E. Cheese's – For every large pizza purchased, guests will get one large cheese pizza free. Offer valid from April 17 – 19, 2018. (locations)

Cici's – $4.17 Adult Buffet with the coupon from their Facebook page. (locations)

Entertainment.com Coupon Book – Their 2018 Coupon Books are on sale for $10.40 with free shipping, their best price of the year! Offer valid through April 18, 2018.

Firehouse Subs – Free medium sub when you buy a full-priced medium or large sub, chips and drink. Offer valid April 17-19, 2018. (locations)

Grimaldi's Pizzeria – Their Tax Day Promo (what an original name!) is back. Guests can enjoy a 16″ traditional cheese pizza for only $10.40. (locations)

Hungry Howie's – Use promo TAXDAY18 to score a medium 1-topping pizza for $0.15 when you buy a large 1-topping pizza at regular menu price. You must order online and is for carry-out only. (locations)

Noodles & Company – If you order online, use code TAXDAY18 and receive $4 off any $10 or more purchase. (locations)

Office Depot & OfficeMax – 5 free pounds of document shredding. Whoa, are you Trump's new attorney?! Offer valid through April 28, 2018. (locations)

PF Changs Tax Day Special

P.F. Chang's – They're not only giving 15% off takeout via code TAXDAY, but it also has the following opening: “You win some, you lose some, but you can always get dim sum.”

Swoon

This promo code can be used online or referenced when ordering by phone!

Schlotzsky's – Score a free small Original sandwich with the purchase of chips and a medium drink. (locations)

Sonic – Half price cheeseburgers all day long. This is advertising as a cheeseburger offer, but the fine print makes it sound even better. And I quote, “Offer Includes Quarter Pound Double Cheeseburger + Medium Tots or Classic SONIC Signature Slinger + Medium Tots.”

Soooo….free tots, right? (locations)

Sonny's BBQ – Enjoy a half-price rib dinner. Pick from either Sweet & Smokey or House Dry-Rubbed Ribs plus two sides and bread. (locations)

As always, if you know about a freebie I missed, please share it with me and other Hiffers alike in the comments!


Free Christmas Seals

Free Christmas Seals

Free Christmas Seals

Since 2011, these free Christmas seals have been a yearly staple and I've always wondered why the year was printed with them. The past six iterations of this freebie pointlessly included a year, but it looks like the American Lung Association finally got the memo in 2017. By taking the year off, they don't have to reprint new ones every year!

I can finally order these, forget about them in my desk for a solid decade, and still end up using them when I rediscover them. Unless Christmas has changed from Dec. 25 by then. Who knows, stranger things have happened.

That's Goob helping make the big changes for ya, folks.


2012 Holiday Gift Ideas for Guys

Goob's 2012 Holiday Gift Ideas

Chances are HIF isn't the only freebie site you traffic. One obvious difference you've probably noticed is that I hardly ever publish deals. I don't even think I mentioned Black Friday or Cyber Monday this year and I've never been big on posting HOT coupons or SUPER deals because…ugh. That's just not my cup of tea.

Part of the reason I avoid coupons and deals so much is because I don't want to publish 10 or 20 posts a day. Another reason is I don't shop that much! I rarely know if something is a great deal, so I don't like pretending to be an authority on something I'm not. And finally most deal blogs cover (A) female stuff (B) children stuff and (C) coupons. I'm not a woman, I don't have kids, and here's my dirty secret – I suck at couponing. I just don't do it. Like, at all.

It makes sense that so many sites cover those topics though. Most of you reading this are female and most people running deal blogs are as well. But here's the thing. I'm a dude. Without kids. And that's something I'm an authority at.

A common refrain from the women in my life is that guys are hard to buy gifts for. Particularly me. I find that crazy, because I'm incredibly thankful and appreciative for anything given to me. But I'm always told I'm hard to shop for because I like everything and I imagine that most guys in their twenties are the same way.

So I decided to put together a list of my favorite things just in case you too are having trouble buying gifts for the guys in your life.

These aren't deals. Chances are everything is selling for what it normally does, though I did try to provide coupons and matchups where I could find them. More to the point is that every single item below are things that I use in my daily life and absolutely love. They were either given to me or I stumbled across them by accident at some point. They're things that I would give my own brothers and as such have earned the Goob Stamp of Approval.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Guys

Whiskey Rocks – It's no secret that a splash of water brings out the flavor in good whiskey, but one thing I hate is when the ice melts and waters it down. Enter whiskey rocks. You store them in the freezer, throw them in your drink, and you suddenly have a cool but not watered down beverage.

Moleskine Notepad Gift Idea

Moleskine – These are hands down the best affordable notebooks I've come across. As I've mentioned before, I carry a pocket-sized, ruled, softcover notebook with me everywhere I go. They have a hardcover line as well, but their basic ruled notepads are the ones I'm in love with. When you have a memory like mine, this is how you make sure never to forget.

Uniball Jetstream Pens

uni-ball Jetstream pens – Some of you may remember these pens from a few years back when they were given away as freebies. Well that's when I got hooked – they're fantastic. Though you can probably get them cheaper at your local store. Maybe not. To be honest, I buy them in bulk, but I doubt you'll want to pay $20 for a box of 12 pens.

Tide To Go Stain Pen

Tide To Go – I'm a klutz and I hate doing laundry. Need I say more? I keep one of these in my messenger bag at all times and I can't count the number of stains they've saved me from.

Baseball

Baseball – This is one of those things that you need to buy in a store. But having a real baseball next to my computer is such a stress reliever. I can't tell you the number of times I pick it up throughout the day and walk around my apartment tossing it to myself just to think or clear my head.

Big Present Ideas for Guys

Yankee Candle for Guys

Yankee Candle – I don't care what any guy says, having a nice candle around is a good thing that we all enjoy. Whether we're entertaining a lady friend or trying to clear the air after a night of Mexican food. I personally like the Drift Away scent or many of the other wood/water related scents. Try to stay away from any food smells. Those always make me unnecessarily hungry. You get the best bang for your buck with the larger candles since they burn for over 120 hours.

SwissGear Computer Backpack

SwissGear Computer Backpack – This backpack can take a beating while protecting your laptop. It's padded, it's got decent storage space, tons of little loops and belts if you need them, and what I use when travel. I also have a SwissGear laptop bag, which kind of looks like a messenger bag, but I got that in a Beijing market. Even SwissGear knockoffs hold up well!

Amazon Kindle Keyboard

Kindle eReader – I read voraciously as a child and then fell out of it for a while starting in high school. A few years back I had the opportunity to get a Kindle and my world changed. I've read more in the past three years than I had the previously decade. The one pictured above is the older model, which I prefer, however the newer model is cheaper. I actually had my original Kindle stolen this autumn, so I picked up a newer Kindle Paperwhite, which has built-in lighting. My only gripe is there's no buttons on it, so in order to turn the page you have to manually tap the screen and it's not that responsive.

Asics Onitsuka Tiger 81 Shoes

Asics Onitsuka Tiger 81 Shoes – I never in a million years thought I'd rave about shoes, but these are the bees knees. They're extremely lightweight and supposedly made 30 years ago for running, though the only running I do is to the subway station a block away. Zappos has them on sale plus they have a million color combos and free returns. I do want to note that they breathe so well that you don't want to wear them in rain as they get soaked pretty quick.

Lands End No Iron Pinpoint Shirts

Lands' End No Iron Pinpoint shirts – And finally we have dress shirts, yet another product that I never thought I'd care about. It's no secret that I can work in nothing but my underwear every day and the only person to find out is the mailman. However I like to actually get dressed every morning just so it feels like I'm going to work and I don't slack off. And Lands' End shirts are the best. You can pair them with slacks and throw a tie on or wear them out at night with jeans. Plus the no-iron ones never require ironing (just hang them in a steamy bathroom if they get wrinkled) and they never stain thanks to those Tide pens above.

So there ya go. All of the stuff listed above can be found in my apartment and I stand by them as good gifts. Hope that helps a few people this holiday season.