more about: holidays

How to Ship Gifts of All Shapes and Sizes

Most gifts are easy to box, wrap, and send off, but what about those oddly-shaped or over-sized items? Save yourself a shipping nightmare, by stuffing breakable items, like glassware, with bubble wrap before bundling them in more bubble wrap or tissue paper. Then, place the gift in a corrugated cardboard box—they’re sturdier than traditional cardboard boxes and the air cushions […]

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Need to Send Cards Last Minute? Use Red Stamp.

Are you still considering holiday cards but afraid you’ve waited too long? If you have an up-to-date address book, you can get your holiday greetings mailed (or e-mailed) in about two minutes using the Red Stamp app or the Red Stamp website. (The site just launched and I cannot wait to check it out, I’ve been a fan of the […]

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DIY Holiday Decor: Pomanders

Does anyone else remember making pomanders as a kid? I know we made them at least a couple of years while I was in elementary school. They are such a simple and fragrant decoration for the holidays, and the last forever—well almost forever. Kelly, over at Design Crush has the step-by-step (basically just sticking cloves into an orange), but she gives […]

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What’s Your Signature Gift?

Here’s another tip to simplify your holiday shopping: Don’t be afraid to give repeat gifts. If you gave your sister a beautiful wall calendar one year (and she liked it, of course), buy her another one the next year. A signature gift can be the opposite of boring—your giftee may actually come to count on it. Some other ideas: Trendy […]

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5 Favorite Tree Toppers from Remodelista

Our Christmas tree is not the designer, color-coordinated kind. The decoration breakdown goes something like this: 25%  are hand-me-down ornaments that family members have unloaded, 35% are university-themed ornaments from my alma mater (thanks Mom), and the rest include a mix of personalized ornaments with sentimental value, plus a few very random ones. Example: a decorated plastic picture frame and […]

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Smart or Silly: Scentsicles

Do you have an artificial tree this year? We’ve already told you about a simple way to mimic the smell of a fresh cut tree, but there may be an even easier way fake the scent.

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Organizing a Gift Swap? Use Elfster

If you’re in charge of organizing a family, friend, or co-worker gift swap this year, make it easy on yourself, and use the website Elfster.com. Simply create a new gift swap, and invite the participants via e-mail. Once everyone has accepted the invitation, Elfster will mix everyone up and email out gift assignments. You can include all the information like […]

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Link Round Up: Eggnog Recipes

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE eggnog. I know it’s not all that healthy for you, and I admittedly tire of it fairly quickly, but as a seasonal treat it’s the best (beat out only by hot apple cider). That said, I’ve never made eggnog before, so I did a little investigating and found a range of recipes. […]

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Simplify Your Holiday Shopping with Wantful.com

What’s the ultimate gift for the pickiest person on your list?  Choice. That’s the philosophy behind the genius website Wantful.com, devoted to helping you find the perfect gift no matter who’s on your list. Click onto the website, and it will walk you through a short series of questions about the style and habits of whomever you’re buying for. Then […]

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A Better Way to Do Holiday Wish Lists

It’s no secret that wish lists are one of the easiest ways to simplify holiday shopping. But wish lists can be a little, well, impersonal. Where is the fun in buying exactly what someone wants? (Disclaimer: This is coming from someone who loves to find the perfect gift.) But I do recognize how helpful it can be to have some […]

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