Here's a little game I like to play around the holidays with the hardest-to-buy-for humans on my shopping list. I think about the characters these people I love are most like — be it in their personality, lifestyle, or overall level of ridiculousness. Then, I consider what I would get for those characters, as if they were real and not just friends who live in my TV. Presto change-o: I become the present master. And everyone lives happily ever after.
Okay, okay. It doesn't always
work perfectly. For example: You can't buy your NYC friend who lives in a teeny-tiny apartment a $3,000 karaoke machine just because his singing voice has a Titus Andromedon tonality to it. His roommates will hate it. Also, if you are like me, you don't have $3,000 to blow on a karaoke machine.
But this strategy does
make thinking up presents more fun. It's also how my sister wound up with a boob-shaped one-hitter last year: I never would have arrived at that gift without thinking about all the ways in which she is the Ilana Wexler to my Abbi Abrams. So thank you, Broad City
, for the inspiration. Now, on to the 2016 present picks.
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