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A holiday gift guide for singles

Posted by Karyn Polewaczyk  December 11, 2013 11:15 AM

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In truth, I feel a little ridiculous penning a gift guide for us single peeps. “Single” is just a label, like “sister” and “Le Creuset.” But I’ve seen enough gift guides for moms, dogs, significant others and even exes (huh?) to know that something had to be done. (And because, contrary to popular belief, we shan’t be spending New Year’s Eve alone with a container of Chinese food on the couch, nestled into the Snuggie you just knew we wanted.)

So, here are my suggestions, with input from several of my fabulous single friends (“I like things that break easily,” said one, which can be deciphered literally or anecdotally). Check your list, and check it twice. Just don’t ask if we’re on the “Naughty” or “Nice” side, unless you want to be creepy, etc.

A subscription to (or its equivalent)

Online dating is surprisingly fun—and if you use a subscription site, pricy over time. runs about $30 per month (which, you could argue, is less than you’d spend on a month of Saturday night cocktails at a bar), and hits a financial gift-giving sweetspot. If your single is already dating online and attracting duds in return, it could be their profile. Spruce it up with help from It's A Date!.

A Good Vibrations gift card

Because a girl’s got needs. (Don’t be weird and hand-select something, unless it’s for your best friend and you openly talk about bedroom behavior. Just go with the gift card. Trust me on this.) if you're feeling squeamish, don't fret: order online and have it shipped discreetly. Presto.

Something sweet from Lush

Whether it’s for a date or a night out in general, there’s a certain joy that comes with primping. Some ladies enjoy a soak in the tub; for that, I recommend a Lush bath bomb ($7 or less). I’m also a fan of their solid perfumes (aphrodisiac, anyone?) and body butters. Yum.

Uber ride credits

A good date can run well past the T’s closing time, and don’t get me started on trying to flag down a cab come 2 AM. Get your single home safe with Uber ride credits, which you can gift directly from their site. Plus, if a date goes poorly, she (or he) will want to jump ship, and what’s more glamorous than sprinting to an awaiting black Cadillac? (Note: you'll have to create an Uber account first, then select "Give gifts.")

Something sparkly & bright

I've said it once, and I'll say it again: if you've got the funds for it, you don't need anyone's permission to gift yourself—or, to quote a certain so-awful-it's-good film, to "frost yourself." This one, I think, is for the singles themselves: a little bling does a body good. I'm partial to the gorgeous gems at the Laura Preshong Gallery in the South End, where you can find something to fit most any budget...or finger...or wrist...or, well, you get the idea.

Salon & spa gift cards

There’s no denying the power of a fresh haircut/manicure/bikini wax—it puts a certain swag in a girl’s step, you know what I mean? If they’ve got regular places, find out where they are and purchase accordingly; if you need suggestions, I’ll happily plug my own go-tos: Bradley & Diegel (Tristaca is my hair whisperer), Lauren’s Nails (there are two on Newbury Street; my favorite is the one at 164), and Skin & Body Works (quick, painless and the most affordable place in the Boston area—I’ll probably regret sharing this secret since they book up fast).

A dark corner of one's own

Okay, so it's a little hard to actually gift a corner as it is to riff on Virginia Woolf. But your single can enjoy one, and the company of handsome strangers, at places like Noir, the Middlesex Lounge, Alibi, and other hotspots that offer gift cards in any denomination. (I mentioned a few of my favorites here for suggestions; almost every restaurant, bar and lounge I know of in the city offers them, too.)

Something sporty from Boston Ski & Sports Club

Single and ready ball? Well, whatever. BSSC has a wide array of gift options, from membership (because online dating is nice and all, but getting out and actively meeting other people, no pun intended, is where it’s at) to ski day trip (about $80 for a roundtrip bus ride, plus lift ticket) and more. It’s also a great gift for someone new to Boston, regardless of their romantic status.

Something pretty from Pretty Reckless

Because a girl's gotta look good while on the prowl. Jaimie and Jessica Sparks, the boutique's proprietors, have serious eyes for style; just describe your single and they'll help you pick out the perfect accompaniment, whether it's in the form of a cozy knit cap or something body-conscious (or a giftcard, if you'd prefer to let your giftee do the choosing).

Singles, what’s on your wish list this holiday season? Drop your hints into the comments below.

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Karyn Polewaczyk lives and writes in Boston, and believes that heading out into that good night, like any adventure, begins with the first step. Let's Go Out is a conversation about dating and nightlife in our notoriously chilly city, with first-hand tips from the trenches. Karyn's writing, which focuses largely on women's lifestyle topics, has appeared in the Weekly Dig, Jezebel, xoJane, Northshore Magazine and, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @KarynPolewaczyk.

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