This year is going to be different. While you'll still give the perfect gift, you're also going to present it in the perfect way. Retire the Scotch tape, plastic ribbon, and the regifted gift bag (guilty); here is everything you need to seal the deal. Each element adds a unique touch and is surprisingly affordable. So forgo the gift-wrap option during checkout, and do it yourself — major satisfaction.
You know those bracelets you've been seeing on the wrists of street style studs around the world? Dainty, bright, and with just a hint of homespun, they'd left us puzzled about what they were and where to find them . . . until recently. The adult-age friendship bracelets are macramé from the Italian brand Cruciani C and can be shopped at brick and mortars in New York City and Palm Beach or, conveniently, online. Internationally, check outposts in Madrid, Dubai, Seoul, and Tokyo.
We thought amazing, lust-inspiring designer bags were as good as it gets . . . until we spotted their pint-size counterparts. Some of the hottest statement pieces are available to shop tiny too, should you want a lighter version for nights out, vacation days, or marathon shopping expeditions.
Giving the perfect gift takes a lot of thought, so don't blow it with subpar presentation. Rather than tossing perfection in a store-bought bag, wrap it up in a way that is guaranteed to impress. The four ideas below are almost too impressive, but each is an easy way to achieve a custom look; some of them use materials you probably have lying around the house. Find out which paper suits your style, pin it to remember, and then start wrapping!
1. Paint It
If you're feeling ambitious — the holidays tend to do that— then try making your own patterned wrapping paper. Using Kraft paper, paint, and stamps, you can let your inner artist shine. To try this idea on a smaller scale, use paint and stamps to make your own gift tags instead.
2. Write It
Isn't this the cutest? Jot down any message you want following this straightforward tutorial. This is an idea you'll want to remember for birthdays and other holidays, too.
3. Accessorize It
Everything in life (even wrapping paper) is better with the perfect accessory. During the holidays, why not accessorize your gift with an ornament? Save major bucks and make your own using hobby clay and cookie cutters. Adorable ribbon is obviously a must.
4. Tape It
Here's an idea we're obsessed with: duct tape gift wrap! It's actually a lot easier than it looks: just follow this photo guide to create the only adornment you'll need on a kraft-paper package. Hands down, a life hack that's guaranteed to impress.
While we admit to being candle-holics, we're always game for experimenting with different ways to scent our homes. From flameless options that keep small children and pets out of harm's way to slow-burning methods that extinguish within minutes, these candle alternatives offer something for everyone. Check out the eight options we'll be using all season long!
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Bet you didn't realize there was a third sister in the Dannijo clan — there's Danielle Snyder, Jodie Snyder, and, of course, Rashida Jones. "She's our West Coast sister," Danielle told us of the inspiration behind Fine by Dannijones. The 18-piece collection, available now, ranges from $98 to $598 and evolved from all three's beachside childhoods. "The palm tree is symbolic of the coasts — Jodie and I grew up in Florida and Rashida in LA. It's this idea of even when you're apart, you're together," Danielle told us of the line's centerpiece.
The other unifying inspiration, Rashida explained, was a love of jewelry: "I like it as a personal expression of taste. I'm a huge fan of Dannijo and we all met and instantly connected. We talked about collaborating on a fine jewelry line and here we are!" Click through to see their favorite pieces and hear about the creative process behind the collection that's sure to top your holiday wish list.
Sometimes, when we're super stressed and pulling out our hair, we may fantasize about returning to our child-free days. One couple in Ohio recently tried to make that day dream a reality. Cleveland and Lisa Cox tried to return the child they adopted nine years ago. Fed up with the boy's bad behavior, the couple tried to give him back to the county. Returning a child, however, is not as easy or innocent as returning a handbag.
To see what the court thinks of the family's actions and what their attorneys have to say, read the full story on The Stir.
The piece: Soft Rocks Glassware
The price: $275-$375 per set
Why we want it: Like gorgeous pieces of rock candy, these glasses look good enough to eat. Mouth-blown by an artist in California, the glasses are available in three sizes and a dizzying range of colors. Although they are full of crazy angles, the glasses still manage to feel good in your hand — when they aren't busy looking good on your shelf.
Some rely on the dress to supply the sparkle, but this holiday season, it's all about giving the clutch and pumps a chance to shine. At Macy's, you can do just that with gorgeous handbags and heels by Michael Michael Kors, Badgley Mischka, and more. For your next soiree, opt for a classic LBD, and spice it up with a bag in the season's most beloved color: bright red. Metallic finishes, exotic textures, and even leopard print are also great options when it comes to arming yourself for a holiday function. Complete the ensemble with a pair of ornately embellished heels — we're loving the studded evening sandals by Steve Madden and Calvin Klein — and gems in emeralds and deep reds. Now, the cocktail party awaits.
With all the places on the body so often bejeweled, leave it to Hollywood to find one more spot to adorn: the hand. Cuffs have been slowly making their way down the wrist and have recently found a home on the palm of stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Jamie Chung, and most recently Jennifer Lawrence, who shimmered in Ana Khouri's diamond and gold stem hand bracelet at the Rome premiere of Catching Fire.
See the accessory at work, get a closer look at Jennifer's actual item (which retails for $21,050!), and cast your vote on the trend — all by clicking on!