Who doesn't want to make the season special for themselves and their families? With all the emphasis on DIY in recent years, it's easy to get caught up in creating unique, one-of-a-kind holidays that delight and impress our loved ones. Pretty soon you're knitting garland from reclaimed dryer lint, churning your own butter for cookies, and listening to a Christmas carol you composed last night on a vintage theremin. If that energizes you, all power to you.
You've probably gathered up quite a stash of Christmas cards by this time in the holiday season. If you're tiring of setting them up on the mantel or hanging them in a doorway (as we always did at home when I was growing up), consider a Christmas card wreath!
Trying to decide what to gift tech-savvy friends and family on a budget during the holidays? Looking for something not too expensive, yet considerate at the same time. Since nearly everyone has a smartphone these says, we think apps can be a considerate stocking stuffer, spanning from simply entertaining to truly useful, specific to the user's needs and wants, sure to bring a smile to casual and hardcore smartphone users alike.
As long as it's not a donation to George Costanza's The Human Fund ("Money For People"), a charitable contribution made in someone's honor is a wonderful gift. It reduces waste, helps someone/some turtle/some tree, and takes us out of our own life for a moment, as we realize how much we take for granted. It's amazing what an impact a small amount of money can have — and also how much more is needed.
These ornaments are simple to make, pretty, and well-suited to personalization. Make one for your parents to commemorate their recent trip to Rome, for your sister for her destination wedding in Mexico, or for yourself for the new city you moved to in 2012.
We've all been there. It's a fact of life that sometimes we must open our homes to more guests than we'd prefer or for longer stretches of time than we'd like. As the holiday season kicks into high gear, we want to know: how do you make it through the holiday hosting madness?
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's sometimes difficult to find time for arts and crafts with the kids. I've searched high and low for some quick and easy projects that will fit into anyone's holiday schedule. Here are five fun Christmas crafts that your little ones will love: