For those of us who love the warm, homespun feeling of handmade holiday decorations over the plastic-y ones found in box stores but don't have the time to craft them ourselves during this oh-so-busy holiday season the popular handmade marketplace Etsy can be a great place to turn.
As a child, one of my favorite toys was, strangely enough, my mother's nativity scene. Once a year, it made its appearance, and I would make up all sorts of stories, like how the wise men got lost in the mountains, or how there was a freak storm and all the animals and little people would have to cram into the barn (it was a tight fit). Our nativity set was very traditional, all classical robes and adoring looks, but if you're looking for something a bit more modern (or a bit more unusual), look no further than this roundup.
You've got the tree, the stand, the lights and the ornaments — the only thing remaining is the tree skirt. If you're the crafty type, we've rounded up five DIY tree skirts, most of which require no sewing. Or, if you'd rather save your time for cookie eating, we've also rounded up five tree skirts for sale.
Table setting decor might change throughout the seasons and with the holidays, but one sure constant is your salt and pepper set. Whether you prefer a classic shaker, like to grind it out, or keep it on display in a cellar, these simple and classic salt and pepper sets are sure to spice up any table.
A live Christmas tree has all sorts of charm — picking it out can become a holiday tradition, it fills your home with the sweet scent of pine and, when you're all done, you can mulch it down to spread in your yard. If you're going to get a live tree, you're going to need a stand. Tree stands have come a long way since the wobbly old stands of yesterday – these are our top favorites for 2012.
Shopping for home technology is easy when the recipient is as obsessed with higher capacity data storage, the latest in wireless solutions, and upgrading to the latest devices as you are. But sometimes the recipient aren't quite as interested or invested in the latest and greatest, but might still benefit with some thoughtful technologies to make their lives easier, especially if that someone is your parents or grandparents...
Perhaps it's a backlash against the new LEDs, or maybe it's just a nod to the past, but the old fashioned Edison style light bulb is a trend that shows no sign of stopping. These vintage style bulbs look great in exposed light fixtures and add an instant warm industrial vibe to any room. Jump on the trend with bulbs from one of these five sources.
In the age of "Buy It Now" and "Fast Two-Day Shipping" it's easy for anyone with a penchant for tech to amass just about everything they want nearly on demand. The flip side now is gift giving for the holidays can be a tougher task than ever. So what do you get the guy or girl who has everything?
The nostalgia of the holiday season helps keep alive a tradition that is all but lost throughout the rest of the year: the sending of greeting cards. The holidays inspire us to express our love and well wishes beyond the limitations of social media, but with correspondence more unique and playful than the cards of holidays past. These modern holiday cards are artful, thoughtful, and loveable—and include a twist on the traditional.
Hardboard, cork-backed placemats are decidedly Old School. All of my older relatives in Australia and England grew up with them. The appeal for my grandmother's generation was very clear: Hand-washing and ironing cloth linens must have been a real drag. But despite the advent of so many modern conveniences (wrinkle-proof linens, disposable paper napkins, polyurethane-coated tables!) I remain a big fan of these hard placemats.