The Ultimate Guide To Your Best Friend’s Birthday Present

Dear every best friend ever, here’s all you need to know about his/her birthday present for this year.

*drum roll*

 

Scoring major BFF points is very important to avoid best friend squirmishes, isn’t it? Like who on earth wants to disappoint their BFF with a bad present? They might or might not say they like it, to not offend you, but deep down, deeeeeep down there, THEY FREAKING HATE IT.

Many many options for a present. You can get them clothes. Or stuffed toys. Or food. Or whatnot. But here’s the thing, fellas. They’re not personalised. You want to get them for a friend- okay. But best friend, nah bruh. The BF deserves more. You want to make it to the ‘nice list’? Check out my Best Friend Present Checklist.

 

10. Cupcakes

Foodie friends will be none too delighted to get this present. Customized cupcakes are available in every bakery ever. And what’s more, if you can’t convince mum to drive you down to the local bakery, here’s your hack. There are online bakeries that allow you to get cupcakes delivered to your doorstep.

Prices vary. 6 cupcakes cost from $12 to $18 depending on the quality or exclusivity of your order. You have the freedom to choose your design from the internet. So if he/she likes TVD or Sherlock or HIMYM, all you have to do is google your design and place and order and voila!

Here’s what one of my friends once ordered for someone. Cool, right?

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Oh, here’s another one. We ordered these too.

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9. Customized notebooks

Now this one would be my personal favorite from the list. There are many shops, virtual and actual, that allow you to order notebooks, copies, sketchpads, registers etcetera with your desired image or whatever printed on them.

My own best friend once got me one of these for my birthday, and it was rad I swear. They look classy and dope as hell, and for the nerdverse this is h-e-a-v-e-n. Even when you don’t want to write on it, you can still leave them lying around. I think they polish your personality. Bear with my unique views lmao.

I know of a couple Instagram and Facebook pages that let you have notebooks customized. There’s a Facebook page called custom.pk which has the best customized books, with every design from Harry Potter to F.R.I.E.N.D.S to French poetry.

I got this (yeah, I’m a Weeknd fan)

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And this:

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8. Customized charm bracelets

I don’t know about you, but for me, this one is totally a Fifty Shades Of Grey thing. No, I haven’t read the book. And yes, I know about the bracelet because it’s a Tumblr thing now. Absolutely viral.

For those of you who are not aware, this charm bracelet is some bracelet that someone gets someone. The point is, this bracelet has little pendant thingies, each of which symbolizes something different apparently. Here’s a look. Got it off pinterest.

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You see the little pendants around it? They’re like inside memories.

So this birthday, get your friend a charm bracelet. You can either get it customized from some expensive jewelry shop or you can go the cheap way (get a chain; then go to a cheap recycled jewelry shop and get pendants made. Hook em in). Your choice.

Ideas for pendants:

  1. A cake for the birthday
  2. A cruise ship if they like travelling
  3. Some food thing
  4. Makeup
  5. The logo of their favourite baseball team. Hint hint.
  6. A Christmas tree.

Go get your bracelet now!

7. Beanies

Okay, this one’s cool. So if your friend is a fan of beanies, get them one.

There are many ideas for this one. You can either go and get them one from anywhere, Forever21, H&M, absolutely wherever you want.

Or you can get them personalized yourself. You know, like we did with the cupcakes and the bracelet. Here’s some examples. Got em off the internet. You can get more yourself. Depends on what your friend likes.

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Get yo beanies peeps.

6. Message boards

For those of you who are clueless, here’s what I am implying. A message board is a sort of like, like you know, a board, on which you list down your messages or wishes or pictures with your friend.

You can buy proper message boards which have spaces in them and frames to put pictures in. Or you can create one yourselves with a canvas or a flat wooden board (you know, the ones artists use to rest their paper on so it doesn’t bend). You could paste messages or wishes written on little sticky, post-it notes, with signatures from everyone. And fill the spaces with pictures of yourself and your friend and stuff like that.

If you want to be even more creative, you could get a string of those small, toenail-sized bulbs. They are very cheap, and all you need to do to light them up is get a small battery, like the one used in remote-controlled children’s cars, and then fix the circuit.

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5. Open-when letters

There’s a lot of articles on the internet on this one. I made one batch of these myself once. So I don’t think anybody needs guidance on this one.

Once more, you can either buy them or make them yourself. Know what I made?

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4. Customized chocolates

Yes, sir, yes. THEY LET US CUSTOMIZE CHOCOLATES NOW. They’re like cupcakes, only smaller and cuter and less mainstream. Any good bakery does it on order. Yeah yeah, they have online outlets. It’s a globalized world isn’t it?

You can personalize your chocolate wrapping. Design it anyway you want.

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Or you can personalize what’s inside. That’ll be expensive but I guess it’s worth it when you have the best gift among all.

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3. Cushions

Self-explanatory, no?

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Emojis rule the world.

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THESE HAVE MY HEART >>>

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2. Key chains

Get them a key chain with their name on it. Or a cartoon character. Or a message.

That way they’ll have you with them wherever they go.

1. Fandom boxes

Okay, okay, okay. *hyperventilates*

This one calls out to all the fandoms, all the nerds, all the tv show freaks, cumberbitches, whovians, superwholockians, vampires, werewolves, potterheads, TBBTs, shadowhunters, Netflix lovers, otakus, Korean fetish owners, believers, swifties, YMFCs, directioners, banksians, arianators, and the rest of the world that isn’t mainstream (I love you guys more).

There’s a new thing in the world, a kind of website, that allows you to subscribe to a monthly subscription of their product. Now, what actually is their product?

It is a box. A box. And inside the box are fandom goodies. A to Z. A Harry Potter themed box may have dream catchers, your Hogwarts admission letter, wands, bookmarks, themed tote bags, YA novels, DVDs, even those Harry Potter course books that Hermione fretted about.

It’s legit the best thing you might have ever seen.

The first website you could use is:

http://www.owlpost.pk

Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect. Got them off Instagram.

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There’s another website.

https://fandomofthemonth.cratejoy.com

Check out all of them and order your favourite, cause these fandom boxes are lit!

 

Don’t forget to leave me feedback about what your best friend said. Fingers crossed for you!

 

The Particulars of Tribal Matrimony

In the diverse society of Pakistani people, with comparisons ranging from those on caste to gender to religion, our notion of marriage is subdivided into multiple occasionally contradictive ideas. Climbing up the unfaithful ladder of social mobility distorts the central value of the term ‘marriage’ in Pakistan.

While marriage for the modern bourgeoisie might refer to an alliance of economically and financially blessed families and sometimes to a perception of love or attraction between the two individuals that are wed, those in the traditional, feudal Pakistanis might never even have had the opportunity to hear these observations of marriage. What matrimony means for these groups centers around three socially common factors, as of my perspective.

  1. Honour

First, foremost, and most essential in the confirmation of matrimonial ties amongst our revered feudal superiors, is honour. Whilst honour, for a commoner, might mean ‘dignity’ and ‘respect’, it has another inherent context for our feudal friends that you might not have heard of before today. Honour, they say, is actually the idea of keeping their women on leashes, under their supreme control, away from the rest of the world, away from begherti.

What this notion implies to them is the practice of allocating their wife(s) to different, relatively easier tasks around the house, and then keep imposing upon them the trivialness of their jobs compared to the much more important skill they have (that of earning the money they feed upon). One moment your feudal husband will appreciate your companionship and reluctantly given affection, and the next moment that affection is your accusation: the evidence of your off-limits begherti.

A man whose wife does not robotically acquiesce to his opinions (that he states as universally accepted facts) is a man without honour. Any man whose wife talks of awareness and education is a man without honour. Any man with an independent daughter is a man without honour. Feminism is a dirty word: you must never corrupt your lips with it.

  1. Appearance

Why are tribal women said to be so much prettier than urban ones? Here’s a possible answer: the ones not blessed in the way of physical traits never appear on the scene. Men will marry pretty females, regardless of the public opinion of their own handsomeness. A women’s job is to sit still, look pretty. And if you are incapable of improving your dark complexion or your unattractive body, you stay out of sight, or you will get what you deserve.

So starting from Mustafa Khar, who wed Tehmina for her extravagant charisma and widely acknowledged beauty, to thousands of crowds of other men who seek beautiful wives that kiss up to their reputations, we have an entire feudal community obsessed with this one trait.

Just for an addition to your knowledge, inner beauty is a myth in our tribal system anyhow.

  1. Jahez

Here’s when we cut to the chase. Jahez¸ which most of us know about due to the tasteless stereotype created of it, also widely known as dowry, is a key element in the rigid tribal culture to keep under consideration when deciding which girl to marry. The basic flooring for the growth of this concept is the fact that the Prophet (pbuh) happened to give his daughter a modest dowry, including Yemeni gloves, goat hide, some dirhams, a pillow etcetera. No greed.

As I established before, the varied people in the Pakistani society all interpret this historical fact very confidently according to their own limited knowledge. What is common among the tribals from their own distorted assumptions is that Hazrat Fatima’s dowry was substantial. And so their women need to have an equally large dowry.

Imagine one female of 16 being married off to an influential man of 65 on the pretext that he will ‘keep her happy and wealthy’. Since she is barely bringing any dowry, she knows better than to deny the proposal, which if she did would be ignored anyway. The price of this beautiful girl is set, and on Friday, the sacred day of the week, she is given to the man for a good value of money. She prays for her friends, who are sentenced to a similar fate. Some of them might be lucky enough to actually give an opinion, though that would be highly unlikely, much less get the opinion acknowledged (that would be a fantasy). So with the absence of dowry, the 16 year old has just the advantage of beauty. And the chance to flaunt that she was sold at a higher price than many others. That, at the happiest, would be the life of the said female after her marriage. Until her spouse brings in the next wife. Then she will be discarded.

 

“Starting from zero, got nothing to lose” is not the slogan that works for tribal women. ‘Oppressed’ might not be the correct word for them thereof. What the men make them do, they follow. What has been drilled in them for decades and millenniums, they accept. What the rigid system advertises, they are obligated to adhere to. When you visit some tribal village in the north, you could lose bets on the probability of seeing women in public places, which by the way is null.

Marriage for us might be the milestone that begins a new life, or the fulfillment of some teenage fantasy of a happy life. But for them, for our friends imprisoned within the tentacles of our tribal norms, marriage is the bridge between one jail to another, between the heartlessness of your father and the cruelty of your husband. And that bridge is paved with pointy stones that say no to escape plans. For these women, there is no such thing as paternal love; gender equality is a joke at the expense of their personality.

All their lives are subsequent chapters of one novel, with occasional twists and modifications for the immoral entertainment of their men. For these tribes, marriage is an increase in property. For these tribes, there is a single gender. Male.