Your friends and family are all one-of-a-kind, and their gifts should be too. This year you can go the extra step by personalizing presents with their name or likeness. Some of these gifts are on the silly side, but all are thoughtful and unique by their very nature.
Succulents have been a hot trend for quite some time now with no signs of slowing. Not surprising, given they are an easy plant to maintain and come in a wide variety of forms. And while we've been trying our hand at incorporating them into our gardens and terrariums — they're so picturesque, it would be a shame not to include them in our holiday decorations. From wreaths to a new take on the Christmas tree, succulents are the perfect way to spice up traditional holiday decor.
Are you busy planning what gifts to give to your child's teacher(s) this year? I usually try to give something handmade, since I think it has a little more meaning. I've rounded up some great tutorials for handmade gifts that run the gamut from very simple to only slightly complicated. Check them out!
Poinsettias have become almost a Christmas cliché - obligatorily plopped on desks and tables everywhere you look this time of year, usually still inside the shiny plastic sleeve they were purchased in. Poinsettia can be really beautiful with even the tiniest bit of effort. So, in honor of National Poinsettia Day today (an actual holiday by decree of Congress!), here are some "out of the sleeve" ideas to inspire you.
This year, I've been asking myself, "What are you waiting for?". A lot of people my age get stressed out at the holidays because either we're not where we thought we would be by now, or we're not where our parents thought we would be. We end up avoiding holiday traditions because we feel like they don't apply if we don't have a "family" yet, getting roped into extended family shenanigans by default, and feeling out of place and without a true sense of "home" all season long. Well. It's time to change all that.
The expat life is exciting because it can make all the mundane things a person does seem suddenly more interesting. (I am not drinking in a bar. I am drinking in a bar on the other side of the world.) But when the holidays come around, it's hard not to feel a bit bummed about missing out on old traditions. Here are some tips for how to have an excellent expat holiday.
Home Alone is by far one of my favorite holiday movies. As a kid, I used to watch it year-round with my brother and am now able to recite just about every line (don't worry—I won't!). This year, we decided to have some fun and have a Home Alone-themed Christmas party for all those pals that are nostalgic for early 90's fun. Here's a look at what we have planned and how you can create your own McAllister family Christmas!
Growing up we saved and reused tissue paper and bows. A friend's family has been reusing wrapping paper for so long that they have the most amazing vintage and retro paper collection. Now it's my mother-in-law who is so diligent about carefully unwrapping and saving her beautiful papers. Some is so beautiful it feels like such a shame to rip it up and throw it away, right?
Sparkly, felted, or fuzzy, pom poms are having a moment. There are countless ways to use these bits and bobs to turn up the holiday cheer with a craft project, gift wrap, or decorating with pom poms. Here are ten great ideas:
Who doesn't like getting something delicious to eat as a gift? Edibles are the perfect gift for that hard-to-please person on your list. If they're a foodie, find them something exotic or unusual to try. If they're just hard to shop for, choose something universally delectable. Edible gifts are affordable too so put together a whole basket of goodies and you're all set. The hard part will be giving it away.
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