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Your Handy Dandy Pop Culture Gift Exchange Guide

By Abbey Stone, Hollywood.com Staff

The thing about Christmas, and Hanukkah, and family, and presents is that you don't always get what you want. Each year, the mound of gifts that waits for you under the tree fills your soul with hope, anticipation, and expectation. And each year, those hopes are dashed upon the shore of broken dreams with each festive bow you untie; each glittering piece of paper you rip to shreds.

But blessed is the relative who includes a gift receipt at the bottom of your package. All hope is not lost! In two shakes of a lamb's tail and four hours spent in traffic on the way to the mall (or, for smart people, fifteen minutes on the Interweb) that sad, unwanted present can become something awesome. Lucky for you, we have the ultimate resource for finding the perfect substitutes for your meh gifts right here.

Let's say your mom gives you a scrunchie; trade it in for... An embellished headband just like Jess wears! This New Girl may currently be single and unemployed, but her snappy style never takes a day off. She knows you're never fully dressed without a smile (and some great accessories).

Find it at: Anthropologie

Your grandmother gives you an ugly Christmas sweater, complete with reindeer and actual jingle bells; trade it in for... One of Taylor Swift's polka dot sweaters! Taylor always looks cozy (and perfectly twee) in her oversized sweaters, and we guarantee you hers don't itch (sorry Nana).

Find it at: French Connection

Your brother gives you an ""I Heart New York"" shot glass he bought for $3 at the bus station; trade it in for... An authentic Paddy's Irish Pub flask! The It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia gang sure knows how to have a good time. Be ready for a party anywhere at any time with this bad boy.

Find it at: The FX Shop

Your dad gives you a garage sale tie covered in what you're pretty sure are mustard stains; trade it in for... Barney's ducky tie! So Barney only wore this tie on How I Met Your Mother after he lost a bet to Marshall and Lily — so what! We all know it's awesome (and adorable).

Find it at: Ties.com

Good old Aunt Gertrude gives you a hat she hand knit herself, complete with pompom; trade it in for... Some Game of Thrones furs! Winter is coming? No, my friend, winter is here.

Find it at: SpiritHoods.com

Your friend gives you a book you've already read; trade it in for... Something on Charlie's Perks of Being a Wallflower reading list! The Catcher in the Rye is as good a place to start as any; Charlie flippin' loved that book.

Find it at: Barnes and Noble. And while you're at it, buy the book that inspired the movie, too.

Your neighbor gives you a fruitcake (which is mostly likely stale and is definitely gross); trade it in for... A cupcake Hannah Horvath would be proud of! But be sure to eat it privately, in the bathroom, as good, insecure girls do.

Find it at: Kumquat Cupcakery. Although you know Hannah only buys hers when she visits the Kumquat booth at Smorgasburg.

Happy re-shopping, friends!

Follow Abbey Stone on Twitter @abbeystone

[Photo Credit: Fox; Anthropologie]


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