How to Gracefully React to a Terrible Holiday Gift

The holidays are drawing ridiculously near, and while the season is about family, friends and festive cheer, it’s also about presents.

Obviously, we’re looking forward to giving, as well as receiving, piles of holiday gifts, but every year is marred by that one truly terrible present.

Spongebob Squarepants: Spongebob gives Squidward a holiday sweater made from eyelashes

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Not sure how to react when you peel away the wrapping paper to find that horrible gift? Follow this guide to discover how to keep your cool while appearing gracious in the face of the world’s worst present.

1. Avoid saying things like “You shouldn’t have.” Everyone knows that means they really shouldn’t have, and you don’t want to upset them just because it’s a bad present.

2. Whatever you do, don’t repeat the name of the object you just opened. “Oh, a fidget spinner!” will be a dead giveaway that you’re not into it.

3. While you definitely want to avoid appearing ungrateful, you also don’t want to seem totally enamored with your present. Acting like you absolutely love it will only backfire because it’ll give everyone in the room the sense that you like that kind of gift. Do you want even more like it next year?

4. If you’re at a loss for words, just say “thanks” and move on. You can be polite without actually saying you like the gift.

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5. Can’t stand the gift you got from a specific person? Take preventative measures next year by reaching out to them and telling them exactly what you want. Even if they improvise, they’ll at least have a sense of your tastes.

6. Don’t feel bad about getting rid of the gift the moment you get home. Never feel guilty about using that handy-dandy gift receipt. If there wasn’t one, do a good deed by donating it, or regift it to a friend who might actually appreciate it. You can even stash it away for a rainy day when you might feel differently about it.

7. Don’t take it personally that the gift-giver doesn’t know you well enough to get you something you actually wanted. They were trying their best and don’t give bad gifts on purpose. Maybe you should spend more time with them so you can get to know each other better.

 

Still shopping for your bestie? Click HERE to find out the gift your BFF will love, based on their zodiac sign.

The Easiest Way to DIY Your Very Own Holiday Sweater

Donning a cheesy sweater is a holiday tradition just as important as caroling, drinking eggnog and decorating your home. You just can’t fully appreciate all the holidays have to offer unless you’re rocking this festive attire.

They’re not hard to come by, which means there’s a high possibility of running into someone with the same sweater as you at your next festival gathering. Talk about a total holiday faux pas.

This problem has a simple solution, thanks in large part to the wonderful folks at Fashion Camp in Tustin, California.

Ugly holiday sweaters created at Fashion Camp

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During December, the creative learning space hosts their very own ugly holiday sweater workshops where anyone and everyone can design their own unique sweater.

They provide the sweater, supplies and inspiration. All you have to do is come ready to design.

We were lucky enough to attend one of their classes, and it was just as exciting as it sounds.

When we walked in, the various holiday sweater designs immediately caught our eyes. Cheerful and bright, we couldn’t wait to make our own.

Fashion Camp's holiday sweaters workshop table

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After taking in all the fun designs, we decided to create a classic snowman sweater.

We kicked things off by tracing the snowman body, head, arms, nose, hat and bowtie onto felt and then cutting them out. Once that was done, we laid the pieces on our sweater to see how they looked.

Next, we grabbed plenty of buttons to for the snowman’s eyes and smile. We even placed some snowflakes around the snowman for added effect.

After carefully laying out our snowman, it was finally time to glue. Though there were quite a few pieces to our little guy, it didn’t take all that long for him to come to life on our sweater.

DIY snowman ugly holiday sweater

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We’re pretty happy with how our snowman turned out. Frosty ain’t got nothing on him.

Though these sweaters look totally intricate and like you’d need to be ridiculously crafty to make them, literally anyone can make one of these ugly ensembles. All you really need on your side is some holiday cheer, and the peeps at Fashion Camp will help you create a the cutest ugly sweater anyone has ever seen.

If you want to design your own ugly holiday sweater at Fashion Camp, check out their schedule HERE.

Fashion Camp even hosts Santa’s Workshop, where you can create gifts for everyone on your holiday list, including yourself. You can find the full schedule of those classes HERE.

 

Not sure which ugly holiday sweater is right for you? See which design your zodiac sign picked out for you HERE.

Dove Cameron Dishes on Boyfriend Thomas Doherty Meeting Her Parents

Dove Cameron hasn’t been shy about her adoration for boyfriend Thomas Doherty, and it sounds like things are only getting more serious between the adorable pair.

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“I actually just took him home to Seattle for the first time,” Dove told Sweety High, referring to her incredible Thanksgiving. “It was amazing. My whole family loves him, as anyone would.”

So, just what makes Dove’s Descendants 2 costar so darn irresistible?

“He’s a sinfully good person,” the Disney starlet gushed, just before showing us her own brand new line of Bellami hair extensions, in West Hollywood, California. “He’s just an angel. We’ve been together for over a year now and it’s like we just met a month ago, but with all the intimacy of someone you know really well.”

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This kind of trip was a first for Dove’s man, and he apparently loved experiencing it with her.

“It was really amazing,” Dove, who will spend Christmas in Scotland, said. “He’d never been to Seattle, so it was all cold and beautiful and he fell in love with it.”

 

Want to get better acquainted with Dove’s handsome honey? Click HERE for everything you need to know about our former #MCM, Thomas Doherty.

Anyone in a Long-Distance Relationship Needs to Hear This Tune by Dancing on Tables

Long-distance relationships are anything but easy.

They take a ton of effort and communication to stay afloat. But when you really love someone, all the dedication is undoubtedly worth it.

Just ask indie pop band Dancing on Tables, whose latest single “Oh” is a testament to the trials and tribulations brought on by a long-distance relationship.

We chatted with the group’s frontman, Robbie McSkimming, to get the lowdown on the single, the music video and more. Keep scrolling to read what he had to say!

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Artist: Dancing on Tables

New single: “Oh”

What it means to Robbie: ” ‘Oh’ tells the story of the troubles of maintaining a long-distance relationship. Even though it can be really tough, it’s always worth it in the end.”

How the music video came to be: “We wanted to use the idea of distance and space. We thought, ‘There’s no better place for that than the Scottish Highlands.’ We spent hours watching drone footage trying to get the right shots, which really isn’t as fun as it sounds.”

Biggest influences: “I grew up listening to any records I could steal from my parents, which meant a lot of bands like Talking Heads, The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen—which I think still sometimes shines through in our music. I love the way Coldplay managed to release so many records that manage to sound so different, but still sound like Coldplay. That’s what we aim to do, so I’d say they’re quite a big influence.”

Dancing on Tables band posing along the side of a road

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Dream venue: “As soon as I watched Queen playing at Wembley on YouTube, that became the dream venue.”

Dream collab: “I’d love to do something with Post Malone. It’d be fun to work with someone in a totally different genre. Everything he’s putting out now is great.”

Fave songs right now: “Rockstar” by Post Malone; “Strangers” by Sigrid; “Paracetamol” by Declan McKenna; “The Wire” by HAIM; “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano

Dream accomplishment: “We like to just take each day as it comes and not get too ahead of ourselves. I’d say my main aim is to use our music to see new parts of the world.”

Dancing on Tables band posing on a grassy hill

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Make sure to follow the band on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with their new music releases. And don’t forget to pick up their new single HERE.

 

Know someone who’s having trouble moving on from a toxic relationship? Have them listen to THIS empowering anthem by singer-songwriter LIEZA.

What to Do When Your Friend Group Is Still Friends With Your Ex

When it comes to ending a relationship, the breakup is supposed to be the hardest part… right?

Well, not necessarily. Depending on your situation, the post-breakup adjustments between you and your ex might actually be harder than the actual breakup.

Jughead and Betty

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For example, you’ve done the breakup speech, cried a bit, watched a few sad movies and accepted that it’s time to move on with your life, but your friends aren’t quite on board with leaving your ex in their rearview mirror. Even if you didn’t have a terrible breakup, having mutual friends with someone you’re no longer dating puts both of you in a difficult position.

If you’re dealing with a similar situation, keep scrolling for a few tips on what to do when your friend group is still friends with your ex.

Plan Your Breakup Accordingly

If you think that there’s any chance your friend group will continue their relationship with your ex, you need to plan for that possibility during the actual breakup. If your friends are going to stay close to your ex, it’s likely you’ll be seeing them around every now and then, so you need to keep things cordial. The best way to do this is to have the most drama-free breakup you can manage. Resist the urge to get angry, nitpick their every flaw or bad-mouth them to your friends. Instead, try to get out of there as fast as you can before you say something you might regret, and don’t talk to your ex until you feel like you can have a conversation without getting upset. If you don’t say anything harmful during the breakup, it increases the possibility that you’ll be able to have an amicable—if distant—relationship in the future.

Steve and Nancy Breakup

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Be Patient

While it might be frustrating that your friends aren’t declaring their undying loyalty to you, it’s important to stay calm and patient while you deal with the situation. At the end of the day, you can’t tell your friends who they should and shouldn’t hang out with, and any attempt to blow up at them or demand that they choose sides will probably backfire. The best way to show your friends that you truly care about them and aren’t trying to make them feel uncomfortable is to stay patient. Time will help work things out, and trying to force them into an immediate decision will likely result in unneeded tension that can be easily avoided.

 

Consider the Situation

When considering just how mad you should be about your friend group staying friends with your ex, it’s important to consider the situation that bred their friendship. If your friends were friends with your ex before you started dating, it’s really unfair to ask them to drop that friendship because you couldn’t make your relationship work. However, if they developed a friendship with your ex because of your relationship while you were dating, you can probably be a little more open about the fact that their continued friendship with your ex is making you uncomfortable. Another part of considering the overall situation you’re in involves putting yourself in your friend’s shoes for a moment. For whatever reason, they developed a close enough relationship with your ex that remaining friends is somewhat important to them. Your feelings might be hurt and you may never want to see your ex again, but you can’t rob your friends of a relationship that is important to them just because of your own emotions.

Betty, Archie, Veronica, and Jughead Looking Concerned

(Riverdale via The CW)

 

Talk to Your Friends

The only way to get out of a situation is to go through it, and making your way through this situation starts with talking to your friends about how you’re feeling. You can start by asking them (in a kind and non-confrontational way) why they still enjoy spending time with your ex. Their answer will give you insight into just how important this friendship is to them. Then, you can tell them that having your ex around is definitely uncomfortable for you, and try to explain where these uneasy feelings are coming from. Your friends might still want to remain friends with the person, but they’ll at least know that you feel awkward about it, which will help them keep their friendship separate from their friendship with you. There’s also the possibility that your friends really aren’t that close to your ex, and they just didn’t realize how hard their continued friendship was for you!

 

Set Boundaries

After you’ve talked to your friends about how you feel, you can use their knowledge to set boundaries that will help you deal with the situation. You can be honest about just how much time you want to spend with your ex, and your friends can plan accordingly. For example, if you never want to see that person at all, let your friends know not to invite you both to the same event. If you’re fine with seeing them, but you don’t necessarily want to spend all your time hanging out with them, tell your friends they can invite you both if it’s a group of five or more, giving both of you other people to talk to. Setting these boundaries will ensure that you know when your ex is and isn’t going to show up, and it helps to keep your relationship with your friends honest and open so there’s no unspoken tension weighing you down.

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Be the Initiator

Perhaps the best way to deal with your friends staying friends with your ex is to be the initiator of your hangouts with friends. When you are the one planning things, you are fully in control of who can and can’t show up—aka no exes ruining your fun time with friends. Planning a movie night or an after-school hangout sesh is a great way to spend time with your pals without worrying about your ex showing up and ruining your good mood.

 

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11 Surprising Facts About Birthday Girl Hailee Steinfeld

There’s no doubt about it, Hailee Steinfeld is a triple threat. She’s been acting, modeling and singing her way into our hearts for years, and she doesn’t show any signs of stopping.

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Today, Dec. 11, Hailee turns the big 2-1. In honor of the momentous occasion, we dug up 11 surprising facts about this shining star.

Scroll below and get to know Hailee better than ever!

1. Hailee doesn’t have her ears pierced. Why? Age-old indecision. The actress says her mom wanted her to be old enough to make that decision on her own, and when the time came, she simply never decided.

2. Her first kiss was on screen when she was 12. Not only did she have to kiss one acting partner, but she had to kiss a second guy in the same student film.

 

3. After 5th grade, Hailee was homeschooled so that she could focus on her acting career, and, well, bullies are a nuisance.

4. Hailee was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award after her first major acting role in True Grit.

5. Speaking of her breakout role, just landing the part was already a major feat. Hailee beat out 15,000 other young actresses vying to play Mattie Ross.

6. Her pump up jam is “Lose Yourself” by Eminem. Girl, same.

7. She takes her burgers sans toppings. According to the actress, her friends make fun of her for the simplistic order. She’ll take the meat, bun and cheese. Add avo if it’s available. Hold the condiments.

8. Her debut album is called Haiz as a tribute to her fans who gave her the nickname. She says she wanted her supporters to feel like they named her first EP.

9. She’ll be appearing in a Transformers spinoff called Bumblebee next year. The movie, set in the ’80s, will star Hailee as Charlie Watson, an almost 18-year-old, looking for purpose. She encounters Bumblebee, who has hidden away in a Californian junkyard.

10. She makes music playlists as part of her prep each time she plays a new character. For Ten Thousand Saints, that meant diving deep into the hardcore punk archives.

11. She apparently does a mean Miranda Sings impression.

 

Hailee’s debut EP may have been on the top of our charts a few years ago, but click HERE to find out the 11 albums that helped us get through 2017.

Everything You Need to Know About Mr. Student Body President Star Jeremy Shada

We all know and love him as Adventure Time‘s Finn, but we’ve recently come to learn what a truly talented and funny dude Jeremy Shada is.

As star of the recent comedy series Mr. Student Body President, we’ve gotten to see a whole new side to him. Find out everything you need to know about him down below!

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Full Name: Jeremy Jaden Shada

Hometown: Boise, Idaho

Birthday: Jan. 21

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Fun Facts:

1. He’s obsessed with playing both video games and board games. Super Smash Bros. is his game of choice, always.

2. Acting in Mr. Student Body President has been a new and amazing experience for him. “I was homeschooled all my life so the closest thing to going to an actual high school [for me] has been acting in Mr. Student Body President,” he shares.

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3. One of the highlights of his life was getting to rap “Walk This Way” with part of the legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC.

4. His fave color is blue and he knows how to work it. The suit says it all.

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5. He’s totally in his element right now because he loves holiday season. “Thanksgiving through Christmas is my favorite time of year!” he says.

6. He was Han Solo this year for Halloween, which speaks to what a huge Star Wars fan he is. “Now, every time a new movie comes out, my brothers, friends and I have real life lightsaber battles.”

7. He gets mistaken for Dylan O’Brien all the time. We can’t say we don’t see the resemblance.

 

Jeremy has more than impressed us in Mr. Student Body President, but so has Percy Hynes White in The Gifted. Get to know him on a personal level HERE.

How to Recover From a Dating Rejection

Entering the dating world and facing the possibility of rejection go hand-in-hand.

While things might work perfectly and result in a fairytale relationship, you always run the risk that your newfound crush won’t reciprocate your feelings of adoration.

If you’ve been dished a dose of rejection in your dating life, scroll below to see how you can recover and re-enter the dating scene better than ever.

Take Time to Be Sad

Rejection hurts—there’s just no way around it. It’s never easy to be told that someone isn’t interested in you, but the first step to recovery is acknowledging that you are hurt. Refusing to acknowledge your negative emotions will only lead to more pain down the line because your frustration and anger is bound to catch up with you eventually. Instead, its better to take a little time to wallow at the very beginning. Grab a pint of ice cream, throw on a sad movie and indulge in a mini pity party. After you’ve fully embraced your sadness, pick yourself up and prepare to move on. Taking time to yield to your sadness will help to clear out those negative feelings and leave you refreshed and ready to try again. However, make sure that your sadness indulgence doesn’t last too long. At the end of the day there will always be more crushes, so don’t allow yourself to get too stuck on one person.

Cheryl From Riverdale Crying

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Analyze the Root of Your Hurt

While hurt feelings are normal after facing a rejection, it’s important to analyze exactly where this hurt is coming from. If your hurt is stemming from loneliness or insecurity, it may be best to take a step away from the dating scene all together to work through those feelings before you start a new relationship. If your hurt is rooted in embarrassment, however, it can be helpful to examine exactly what your crush said that made you feel so self-conscious. No matter where your hurt is coming from, analyzing the root causes can reveal a lot about where you are in your dating life and what is best for you in the future.

 

Understand Rejection Is Not a Reflection of You

It’s hard not to take rejection personally, but in reality it often has very little to do with you. In fact, rejection says more about the other person than it says about you. It’s possible that the timing was wrong, that they weren’t ready for a serious relationship or that they are unable to see all the amazing qualities that you have to offer. Whatever their reasoning might be, rejection is not at all a reflection of who you are. Be confident in your own worth and know that you have so much to offer someone, it just might not be the person you wanted at that particular time.

Aaron and Cady Studying From Mean Girls

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Know That You Can Do Better

In addition to understanding that rejection is not a reflection of who you are, it’s also important to realize that someone who rejected you probably wasn’t right for you in the first place. Anyone who is unable to recognize your value doesn’t deserve you, no matter how badly you wanted to be with them. It’s not that you should develop animosity or anger towards the person that has rejected you, but you should come to the understanding that there is someone out there who can offer you what this person couldn’t. Once you come across someone who immediately values your worth you’ll forget why you were ever so upset about this one instance of unrequited feelings.

 

Don’t Give Up

The feelings of sadness and invalidation that accompany a dating rejection might be enough for you to swear off dating, but allowing a rejection to make you bitter or cynical is the wrong response. Getting lost in the negative emotions following a rejection will cause you to close yourself off and make it much more difficult for the right person to break down your barriers in the future. Instead, dust yourself off and jump back into the dating world. After all, if you never risk rejection, you’ll never find someone you’re truly happy with.

 

Facing rejection is hard, but rejecting someone else can be just as difficult. Click HERE for tips on how not to tell someone you’re not interested.