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Dec 18

11 Last-Minute Gifts to Pick Up on Your Trader Joe's Run — 2018 Gift Guides

It’s the day before school break and you realize you don’t have a present for your child’s teacher. Or maybe you’re due at a holiday party in an hour, but you completely spaced on a hostess gift? Unfortunately, most of us know that sinking feeling all too well. But you don’t have to show up empty-handed with a meek mention of owing that special someone a present. As long as you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, you can pick up a gift as late as 5:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve. (Most Trader Joe’s stores close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and remain closed through Christmas Day.)

Here, the best gifts you can buy at Trader Joe’s—all under $12.

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Dec 18

This May Be the Coolest Holiday Trend We Spotted This Year

Traditional holiday decorators, look away! Your sensibilities will be shocked by this article, where wreaths wrapped in eucalyptus, macrame, and rattan are suggested to pep up your bare walls and doors. But if you’re feeling adventurous this season and want to try on a new style for when it comes to holiday decor, then these new-wave wreaths just might catch your interest. Bohemians can adopt dream-catcher-like crochet wreaths, where vintage lovers can pick out sugar-sprinkled walnut wreaths that give any front door a retro touch. Minimalists will appreciate bare eucalyptus wreaths, whereas maximalists might be tempted with teal and peach flower designs. Check out some original picks below, and see if you’re feeling bold this season!

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Dec 18

A Colorful, Kitschy Tour of a Home with 100 Christmas Trees — House Tour

Name: Jennifer Perkins and husband Chris Boehk along with daughter Tallulah and son Baxter. Kitty is Bri.
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 2,900 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 3.5 years

We’ve toured craft maven, entrepreneur and all-around badass woman Jen Perkins’ home for Halloween. Twice. Not exactly known for her minimalist views on decor, you guys asked to see how she tackles the task of adding Christmas cheer to her Austin home, and she (and fabulous photographer Chelsea Francis) have delivered. Her home—and the 100 trees within it—is truly cheery and kitschy enough to brighten even the biggest Grinch’s day.

→ Yes, this is a rerun of a tour because, well, 100 trees. But anyone who is familiar with Jen knows that she doesn’t repeat herself. Though we didn’t tour her home this year ourselves, hop on over to her website for a full tour and Instagram to see how she’s decked her kitschy halls this year. It looks very pink-a-liscious!

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Dec 18

15 Stylish Home Brands That Are Giving Back for the Holidays

If the slew of corny but bingeable holiday movies have taught us anything, it’s that it is always better to give than receive. Sure, we all want to receive something shiny and new (who doesn’t?); however, it’s also incredibly satisfying to see the look on a loved one’s face when they open a present they really adore.

Of course, the same sentiment applies giving to charities. There’s no better time than the holidays to donate to charities that resonate with you. Today, it’s easier than ever before to support the causes you love. While you can always donate directly to a charity, you can also buy some beautiful pieces, as a gift or for yourself, that give a portion of their proceeds to a cause.

Ready to get shopping? Here are 15 brands that are giving back this holiday season:

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Dec 18

Nine Ways To Take Paper Snowflakes To The Next Level

The thought of making paper snowflakes may remind you of childhood memories of cutting out wonky, misshapen snowflakes only a mother could love. While the concept remains the same, this time around, the look is much more sophisticated— and your improved motor skills will come in handy. Armed with a quick tutorial, some project inspiration and a pair of scissors, you’re ready to snip your way to a winter wonderland.

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Dec 18

The Gimmicky Holiday Gift That's Actually Made My Life 10% Better

I am a naturally tired person. Therefore I love coffee in the mornings, tea (and sometimes coffee) in the afternoon, and coffee with Bailey’s in the evening. One thing I do not love about drinking warm liquids is that sometimes they are mean and tricky fiends. They hurt you if you’re too eager! They turn cold if you take your time! How rude!

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Nov 18

This $20 Amazon Buy Makes the Holidays Less of a Hassle

With the countdown to the most anticipated holiday officially underway, one needs to be as efficient as possible in order to avoid any decorative mishaps. In years past, it may have been totally acceptable to decorate the old-fashioned way, à la “A Christmas Story’s” Old Man Parker, who infamously disregarded fire safety precautions while lighting the family tree. But anyone who prefers the scent of a Douglas fir to the burning odor of an electrical fire should consider adding this $20 smart power strip to your Amazon shopping carts.

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Nov 18

The Best Gifts for First-Time Plant Parents and Green Thumbs — 2018 Gift Guides

I can practically guarantee that plant parents will never object to a plant-related gift. We’re like people who are super into horses or fat cats, and themed gifts will always win us over.

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Nov 18

10 Instagrammers Say What Being Home Really Means To Them

Home: a word that can be used as a noun, adjective, and/or verb. While the definition is often associated with a physical place, it can certainly be more of a mental, emotional, or spiritual state. In other words, the concept of “home” varies—especially around the holidays when there is so much emphasis on it.

Right now and throughout the next month, we plan on seeing a lot of people revisiting the idea of home, whatever awaits or exists there for them. It can feel like everything, it can feel like nothing. But as we all experience this word in different ways, we wanted to hear what your thoughts were on the matter via Instagram—and valued the various responses we received.

See below for a pool of answers that each bring something different to the table. Like we said, there is no right answer to the question of “what being home really means.”

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Nov 18

How to Dress Up Your Thanksgiving Table When You Don't Have Much Time

Whether you plan to prep weeks in advance or the day before, the truth is, nobody has a ton of extra time to get the Thanksgiving table set with all the bells and whistles. Check out these projects from table coverings, to place cards, to centerpieces if you want to wow your guests without handing over all your free time.

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