Posts tagged "christmas"

Gift Guide: For The Jetsetting Travel Enthusiast

Got a travel fanatic in your life? Here's what to get them this holiday season!

By: Claire Hannum / December 4, 2014

20 Uber-Festive, Modern DIY Holiday Decorations

I hate spending money on decorations of almost any kind. I paid enough attention in art class that I can handle a hot glue gun and there’s a dollar store down the street, so to me, paying $15 for one decoration seems like a giant rip-off. If, like me, you’re a holiday season enthusiast but…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 3, 2014

Got Issues? Avoid These Seemingly Innocuous Movies This Holiday Season

We've all been there: you're going through a rough patch in life and trying not to think about it. Your family is gathered together for the holidays and looking for a break between all the eating, so you all file into a movie theater or gather around the TV to watch a holiday classic. You…

By: Claire Hannum / December 3, 2014

Frisky Eats: 14 Semi-Healthy Holiday Treats

The holiday season is in full swing, which means dessert everywhere you turn! I really resent the phrase "guilt-free" when it comes to food, but I'm all about attempting to do our arteries a favor by opting for treats that are at least slightly healthier than other popular choices -- without too many unpronounceable fat-free chemicals that…

By: Claire Hannum / December 2, 2014

Cool Idea: Call T.J. Maxx & Marshalls’ Holiday Gift Hotline To Ask Famous Experts What To Buy

Not sure what to get for that hard-to-buy person on your holiday list? T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are making shopping easier this year by bringing back their Holiday Gift Hotline, with famous gifting experts as their operators! Pretty cool, huh? According to a survey by T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, parents, colleagues, men, teenagers and hosts/hostesse…

By: Katie Oldenburg / December 1, 2014

17 Reasons Everybody Hates The Mall At Christmastime (In GIFs)

I love Christmas, but I loathe the mall at Christmastime. From assholes who steal parking spaces to children running wild and wailing around Santaland, here are 17 reasons we try to avoid the mall at all costs in December. Or, in other words, why I believe in drunk Christmas shopping (in GIFs!)…

By: Katie Oldenburg / December 1, 2014

How To Pick A Great Gift: A Guide For People Who Are Not So Good At Reading Others

You know that phrase, “It’s the thought that counts”? I feel like we’ve gotten away from it a little. It’s used ironically so often now -- like, you got a bad gift, but hey, at least the person thought to give you a gift, right? Nah, nah, nah. Let’s stop that. It really is the…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 28, 2014

City Makes Grinch-Style Demands To Replace “Charlie Brown” Christmas Tree

Residents of Reading, Pennsylvania were horrified when they first laid eyes on the droopy, sparse Christmas tree decorating their downtown square. They claimed it was reminiscent of "Charlie Brown" and a total bummer. To be fair, it is pretty fugly (and it's topped with a giant pretzel of all things), though I try to remai…

By: Claire Hannum / November 27, 2014

Is The Museum Of Natural History’s Origami Tree Beautiful Or What?

The American Museum of Natural History in NYC's annual origami tree is now up and running. Each year's creation has a theme that resonates with the museum's collections or features, and this year is all about the "Night At The Museum" movies, with origami models of artifacts from the movie that can be found i…

By: Claire Hannum / November 24, 2014

15 Boozy Gift Ideas For The Drinkers In Your Life

The holidays are upon us, which means it's time to start shopping for the perfect gifts to get for your loved ones. As much as I'm sure your dad enjoyed that tie you got him, and your best friends are using the picnic basket you bought (ha), why not give them something that they'll really…

By: Katie Oldenburg / November 21, 2014

The New John Lewis Christmas Ad Will Melt Your Heart

I was having a rough morning when someone very special to me knew just what would cheer me up: penguins. Every year, UK department store John Lewis releases a new Christmas ad meant to tug on the heartstrings just before the holidays. Over the years, the annual ad has become a spectacle of sorts, with…

By: Katie Oldenburg / November 20, 2014

Idina Menzel & Michael Buble Cast Adorable Kids In Their “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Cover

Idina Menzel and Michael Buble recorded a cover of "Baby It's Cold Outside" together, and instead of starring in the music video themselves, they enlisted two precious kids to perform in their place. With the help of some fierce dance skills and updated lyrics that are slightly less creepy than the originals, these two can get…

By: Claire Hannum / November 20, 2014

This Holiday Season, Please Be Kind To Retail Employees

Last night, I was in a candy shop in my neighborhood waiting for the owner of the store to cut some marshmallows for me when a woman walked in, dropped a bag on the counter (literally dropped, as in held it high in the air over the counter and then let go, letting it fall…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 19, 2014

Listen To Kristen Bell & Straight No Chaser’s Modern Day Christmas Carol “Text Me Merry Christmas”

I have a new favorite Christmas song that I firmly believe should take the place of "Christmas Shoes" on every radio station during the holiday season. (Let's be honest, that song is hella depressing and has no place wedged in between "Jingle Bells" and "All I Want For Christmas Is You.") Kristen Bell joined a cappella…

By: Katie Oldenburg / November 17, 2014

Life After Dating: Splitting The Holidays

My parents separated during my senior year of high school. That was bad enough, not because I was upset at the time about them separating, but because that first holiday season was weird -- my dad was there, but only begrudgingly on my mom’s part -- and once the divorce proceedings started and things got…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 17, 2014

And The Average Cost Of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Holiday Gift Guide Items Is…

Gwyneth Paltrow's 2014 holiday gift guide is out, and it's about as ridiculous as you'd expect. E! and ETOnline both added up the total cost of all the items on it (not including those listed as "price upon request"), and E! came up with $109,384 while ET came up with $107,309.49. By Newser's count, there…

By: Newser / November 14, 2014

Thank Me Later: I’ve Found The Solution To Your Holiday Gifting Dilemmas

Every year in the beginning of November, I start panicking about the upcoming holidays and all of the presents I need to get. I have a particularly large family with some especially difficult characters to buy for (and I can only purchase so many checkout aisle tchotchkes), so I usually find myself wandering the ravaged…

By: Katie Oldenburg / November 11, 2014

8 Reasons I Am Already Earnestly, Unironically Looking Forward To Christmas

YES. I am READY FOR CHRISTMAS. I have a job that pays me more than $10 an hour, ten hours a week this year (couldn’t say that last year), my overall health is in a good place, I’m determined to enjoy the cold weather instead of trudging through it, and my boyfriend and I are…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 3, 2014

In Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book: $475K Perfume & More Ridiculous Things

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Look no further: For just $475,000, Neiman Marcus is offering the chance to design a perfume with an expert in Paris. Your fragrance will come in 14-karat gold bottles, the Dallas Morning News reports. If that doesn't strike your fancy, perhaps one of the store's other nine fantasy gifts,…

By: Newser / October 8, 2014

Make It Stop: “I’m Stuck Giving My Neighbor Rides Every Day”

Make It Stop is a new weekly column in which Anna Goldfarb — the blogger behind Shmitten Kitten and Shlooby Kitten — tells you what’s up. Want a fresh take on a stinky dilemma? Email anna@shmittenkitten.com with the subject “Make It Stop.” She’ll make it all better, or at least make you laugh. Girl Scout’…

By: Anna Goldfarb / September 25, 2014
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