I'll admit it: I'm the worst when it comes to having a very, very specific idea of what my holiday decor/gift wrap/dessert is going to look like, and going after it full-force. But while I might have visions of white and silver wintery woodland cookies dancing in my head, if the 7-year-old gets his heart set on making Christmas squid, moths, and carrots, who am I to argue? Squid are the best...
Some of my favorite gifts growing up were the gifts designed to make, build, and create. I will forever remember the happy hours spent designing and building wooden ornaments (a DIY woodworking project my dad came up with), handcrafting ornate letters with my Hello Kitty stationary set, and sewing pillows with my sewing kits. Check out these 10 great kits to buy or for inspiration to DIY your own kits this holiday season.
There's a good chance this will open a whole Freewheeling Discussion Of Wedding Registries-style kettle of fish and outrage, but I want to know: how do you handle it when loved ones ask what you want for the holidays? I find myself in that position for the very first time, and it is thrilling and strange...
It can be tough to get everyone outside in the winter, what with the windchill factor, freezing rain, and infinite amount of layers required...but it's so worth it! I've gathered a handful of sweet and low-stress outdoor activities that might be perfect for this winter, and many winters to come.
Thanksgiving is about feeling and showing gratitude and we hope you are enjoying a symbolic feast with friends and family. When you count your blessings, do you think about your home and what it gives to you? If not, why not take a moment to do so and make plans to give something back to it. Here are ten tangible ideas for giving thanks to your home.
The things that make a holiday like today so wonderful aren't just the generous meals and decadent sweets, it's the time spent relaxing and enjoying a day away from the ordinary, in whichever way makes you happiest, no "shoulds" allowed. It's become one of my Thanksgiving traditions to put together this post each year - a little celebration of our wonderful community - highlighting the simple, offbeat and memorable ways our readers enjoy the day. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Apartment Therapy!
With Hanukkah and Thanksgiving occurring this week, holiday shopping is in full swing. While Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days, Cyber Monday seems to be much more convenient — you don't even need to leave the house, and you can ship directly to your recipient. With friends and family spread across the country, it almost seems most convenient to do all your gift shopping online. But there may be some pros and cons to this approach.
In my family, we celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Mostly out of tradition, more than religion. Yet we feel it's important for the kids to understand why we celebrate at this time of the year and the meaning behind the traditions.