Honeycomb Hideout: Too Broke for the Holidays?

Dear Honeycomb Hideout, 

With the holidays approaching, I realized one thing – I don’t have the money to spare to buy gifts for my family or friends. Thinking back, I know the holidays come every year, but this year has been so crazy I didn’t plan it out.  What should I do?  


Less Money Mo Problemz? 

Dear LMMP,  

Let me just say take a breath. The holidays are already a stressful thing that we must all deal with every year. During the holidays, we always have these obligations that we don’t have the rest of the year. This includes gathering with all of our family, answering uncomfortable questions like how’s school? Do you have a bf/gf? Why you don’t call us or home as much?  

These questions alone are why I invested in a flask as well as invented the 3v3 rule, but we’ll get into that in a bit. Let’s address the problem you originally came to me with – not having money to buy gifts for your family. My two cents on this is you’re 23, so you are either just starting your post-graduation job or in-between job, you’re still in school and working something that barely pays, or last but not least the global pandemic has smacked you with a red shell like Mario Kart making all of your coins fall out. Either way, you are not currently in a place to spend money on gifts which is okay.  If your family judges you due to you not buying them a candle or some terrible tie your father will never wear, then you have more problems going on than you realize. 

My suggestion is if you want to give your family something for the holidays take it back to your roots, and by that I mean homemade childhood gifts. Now before you say you don’t have the supplies to make a “vase” that’s so misshapen your grandmother will use it as an ashtray, I’m thinking more something like a photo collage or even a family photo you can get a frame for. If it’s a picture that has sentimental value to you it will work just as well for your family.  Trust me, I have been famous for going to Michaels crafts on December 24th during my first few years of college.  

Stop putting this much pressure on yourself for the holidays.  They’re meant to be the time to be around your family and enjoy each other’s company; the gifts really don’t mean anything in the long run. Things eventually break or get thrown away, but the memories you make are what is priceless.  

Now at this point if none of this advice is working for you, there is the 3v3 rule (see, I always bring things full circle). The 3v3 rule is my ultimate ace in the hole move for anything I never want to do, and it’s basically drinking 3 drinks and matching it with another 3 within 2 hours. It is simple in theory but after having 6 drinks in 2 hours you’re either buzzed enough to feel social or close enough to a blackout your family becomes completely irrelevant cause your trying to not pass out.  

So, best of luck, my friend.  And remember, the holidays come every year so next year book a vacation to avoid this mess. 



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