Winter is the perfect season for hosting a dinner party. A hearty meal helps chase away the cold weather blues and brightens up the dark nights. Make your guests feel special with their own place setting (plus, you can sit chatty Uncle Leo at the other end of the table — the perks of hosting). Just a little planning ahead will allow you time to create one of these simple DIY name setting ideas. Some of them even double up as a little gift for your guests to take home.
"I don't know what to say, but it's Christmas and we're all in misery." If this Christmas Vacation quote sums up how you feel about spending the holidays with family, then this article from the Wall Street Journal is a must-read. Even if you don't have the so-called dysfunctional family, there are smart tips to help everyone get a handle on even the smallest of squabbles.
If your dad is anything like mine, he's awesome, loves granola, art, and science, and is still introducing you to cool stuff ("Fine, I'll give Dr. Who a try I guess, dad..."). What do you give the dude who gave you life? Here are some ideas:
Messy wrapping is cute (if you let your five-year-old do it). Don't let your sloppy package send the wrong message this season. Make the outside just as thoughtful as the inside by following our step-by-step tutorial on how to properly wrap a present.
The 8-year-old in our household makes gifts for his loved ones each year — cards, Magic Loom bracelets, tiny sculptures— and this year I thought he would have fun making ornaments. Here are sources for cheap, charming, and highly customizable ornament options for kids:
Making a donation to someone's favorite cause is a lovely gift, but sometimes you want to give something tangible, right? Maybe even pretty? These are great gifts in their own right, and they support admirable efforts to make the world a better place.
If you are stumped by what to buy for family, friends and colleagues this year, consider making something homemade instead. You'll steer clear of the mall chaos, save some money, and give a thoughtful and heartfelt gift. All this week we've shared some great ideas and projects — all submitted by our readers — along with instructions and resources so you can make them too! Here's what you missed...
On the hunt for chic and modern Judaica? We've got you covered. Hanukkah is a holiday steeped in tradition, but your celebration of the Jewish festival of lights (which begins Tuesday, December 16) can still feel very "now." When crafted from walnut, marble, brass or stainless steel, even a simple menorah is dressed to impress. Here are our favorite picks for your home this year.
A trip to your local craft supply or stationery store for fun gift wrap can be inspiring, but pricey. Keep a little cash in your pockets by stocking up on crafty odds and ends throughout the year at your favorite thrift shop — when it comes time to wrap, you're ready to roll.
Here in the land of the Polar Vortex, the hot gift on everyone's list is a remote car starter. Is there anything more luxurious than getting into a pre-warmed car? Here are some luxuries large and small that will get you through the winter: