Holiday Special: My Eat, Drink, or Burn Rule

Holiday Special: My Eat, Drink, or Burn Rule
When someone asks me what I want for the holidays (or my birthday, for that matter), I always say that it has to be something I can eat, drink, or burn. I enacted my “Eat, Drink, or Burn Rule” a few years ago after realizing that I didn’t really need any more stuff. Instead I prefer presents that I wouldn’t normally treat myself to… Whether it’s home-baked goodies, a great bottle of bubbly, or a lovely scented candle—these are the types of gifts that I truly enjoy.

Do you have any holiday gift-giving rules?

Also, have you checked out my gifting etiquette post yet? If not, it’s a quick read and I bet you’ll learn a few things.

XO Lauren

P.S. If you’re still crossing off names from your holiday shopping list, check out my Gift Ideas section here on the site.

Categories: Gift Ideas, Holiday Gift Ideas, Holiday Specials, Lauren Conrad
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  • Melissa Panici

    I really like this rule! I have never had gift giving rules but this is a great idea. Thanks Lauren:)

  • Rachel Trampel

    I really should follow a gift rule like this! But lately I’ve been asking for contributions to bigger things that are practical, for example my old dresser is falling apart, so asking for my parents to contribute to a dresser I already bought. It makes them feel like they are still giving something besides money, but I’m using it towards something better than clothes, jewelry or things I love but don’t need anymore of or have room for!

  • Jordan Weaver

    what a great rule for receiving AND giving! check out this 2012 holiday wrapping guide for all of the gifts you need to give this year!

  • Amy Breckenridge

    i agree, i would love to receive a really nice box of french macarons, bottle of champagne or diptyque candle!

  • Amanda Kennedy

    that’s a good idea! i usually say it has to be something sentimental or something that i really, really, really need and would use ALL THE TIME! :)

  • alex jones


    I checked out your gifting etiquette post and really admire to you. I can use all of it on this occasion.

  • Elizabeth Moore

    Wow! That rule makes perfect sense! I think most of us has too much “”stuff”” so I love the idea of getting something luxurious yet consumable :) well if you need a fun add-on gift to your “”something to drink”” The Mr. Manly Mug is cute!

  • Deanne Castro

    Great idea!
    For more fashion and beauty advice, please check out my blog: Today’s post: A Girl Can Never Have Too Many Bags!
    Follow me on Twitter and Pinterest: @MyFashAvenue Xo Deanne

  • hooleywithaz

    i think i may send this messge to people after this year too. we just got married in june, and seriously have so much stuff, that we can’t even fit it in our apartment anymore! love this rule and how it’s worded.

  • Meghan Conard

    Love this rule! Who doesn’t love goodies & candles?!
    Check out my new post

  • Jessica | My Style vita

    I absolutely love this rule! What a cute idea. I think gifts that are handmade like food and deserts are always sweet. I am never unhappy when someone shows up with a bottle of bubbly either.

    Love it!


  • Angie

    Love it! I am stealing that idea for myself. This year I read a book called Paris My Sweet and have become obsessed with French Macarons. Found some places that ship on-line and I think they would make a lovely gift. :-)

  • Dina Karivalis

    This is a great rule! Great idea!
    xo Dina
    Sweetest Somethings

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    Good rule. I really do like gift cards. They are easy and I don’t have to return them if they aren’t my size. But I do like to unwrap things too. I would have to agree with the baked goods or candles (cannot yet drink ;P)

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  • caitlin humphrey

    My step grandma gave me tampons one year for Christmas. I ask for money every year.

  • Nathalie Maxey

    Great rule!

    XO Nat

  • Shoegal Out In The World

    Great rule to go by when you have anything you need… I usually make a list long before Christmas or my birthday which is on the day after New Year’s Day & my loved ones usually buy me as presents things from that list…

    xo, Violeta

  • Nicolas Nieto Trujillo

    I really enjoy that rule, the litle things that we never apreciate in holidays, great!

  • Franci Gire

    Very cute idea!

    One rule for me. Kate Spade anything ;)

  • Jenn

    i agree! same rules for me – practical and things i can use versus just a bunch of stuff! i hate ending up with a ton of random things that I won’t use but also feel bad throwing away so they just end up sitting there… its a shame and a waste of money!

  • Cesie Alvarez

    My parents are helping me pay for law school apps as a gift. Definitely the perfect gift for me right now.

    Happy Casual Friday!

  • alex jones

    Really , Xmas Was coming soon. On this Christmas i also want to go for some new stuff.


  • Taanjaa

    Candles are a really good gift!

  • Paulina Mo

    One of my gift giving rules is to give something useful… something I know they will wear/use and not regift or have laying around :) usually I give my girl friends make up, accessories :)

    See my latest Outfit!

  • prey pray

    I always overdue the gift giving, but I love it!!

  • Jordan Weaver

    i thought this was such a great idea, i created a gift guide based on the rule!

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  • Marifer

    any gift ideas for the in-laws?



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