When a reindeer-adorned bag just won’t cut it, we’ve got a few simple hacks to help. Best Dressed Gift might not be an actual award, but we can pretend, can’t we?

Wrapping DIYs

For the Pinterest Queen
Dip a pencil eraser in white paint and dot it across brown postal paper. Just like that, you have one-of-a-kind packaging. Don’t be surprised if a photo of your handiwork ends up on her next inspiration board.

For the Wordsmith
Does she always drop obscure vocab in everyday conversation? Pull out the crossword section of your nearest newspaper and use it as wrapping paper. Tie on a pen with festive twine so she can show off her puzzle skills.

For Everyone Else
Add a last-minute wow factor to any gift in under five minutes. Grab an evergreen sprig for the traditionalist, a strip of lace from an old dress for the romantic, or a monogram letter for your preppiest friend.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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December 17, 2014

Chances are Friends has been a part of your life in one way or another. Maybe you swore by Rachel’s obsession-worthy haircut. Or you simply take in a late-night rerun on occasion. But now? It’s about to become part of your Netflix queue. Come January 1, the entire series will hit the streaming site for your binge-watching pleasure.

As someone who happens to be mid-Friends marathon, I can assure you that starting from the beginning is worth it for the style alone. Think slip dresses and high-waisted pants on the ladies. And ridiculously voluminous shirts and sweater vests on the men. All kind of amazing in their own way.

It’s the kind of TV that will have you hoping for a slew of 2015 snow days. Or is that just me?

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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December 16, 2014

You’ve got the gifts – or at least, you’re on your way to checking off that shopping list. Now, grab the scissors, a roll of tape, and maybe a colorful pen for good measure. We’ve designed exclusive printable wrapping paper and smile-inducing gift tags, all easily downloadable below.

Downloadable Wrapping Paper

Print out our Otomi pattern and our Sprig pattern, then cut out tags to top off packages of every shape and size.

Like these monochromatic designs? Stay tuned for even more wrapping tips as the week goes on.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 15, 2014

For your holiday décor: Create a festive glow at home. Simply stuff holiday lights into a tall bell jar. For a more dramatic look, cluster several together in a nonfunctional fireplace.

For DIY tea lights: Running errands for a party? Add satsumas (or clementines) and olive oil to your shopping list. In a few simple steps, you can use the fruit’s skin and pith for mini tabletop candles.

For fresh flowers: Everyone loves a bouquet of blooms, but caring for one can prove challenging for anyone with a black thumb. Just pour a small amount of 7UP into a vase to preserve them.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 15, 2014

I’ve never been much into sweets, but I love a good Irish coffee. So when my friend from Ireland shared this real-deal recipe, I thought I’d try my luck. The verdict? Easy to make – and even easier to drink. Better yet, the concoction was complete in less than 30 seconds.

DIY Irish Cream

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December 12, 2014

December doesn’t just bring eggnog and gift giving – it’s also a time to look back on the past year. Sure, all these top-10 lists can be a little much, but here’s a compilation that even the Grinch could get behind: the best songs of the last 12 months.

NPR just released “Songs We Love 2014,” an eclectic mix of pop, reggae, jazz, and more, all on an interactive website. Time to plug in and shoulder dance your way through Friday.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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December 12, 2014

When it comes to gifting, it never hurts to be a hoarder. Keep a stash of crowd-pleasing buys in your closet or desk at work and you’ll be ready to exchange gifts at a moment’s notice. Rue Living Editorial Director Nancy shares her fail-safe recommendations here, so if the office Secret Santa slips your mind, you can rely on these go-to items.

 

Gifts to Have On-Hand

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December 9, 2014

It happens each year. You have every intention of getting holiday shopping done early, but parties, dinners, and life just get in the way. Luckily, this season we’ve rounded up three no-fail finds you can not only grab at the last minute, but buy in bulk for future festivities.

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The Wine Stopper
Mastering gift swaps is simple. Just keep these on hand and pair with a bottle of vino.

The Scarf
No measurements? No problem. This versatile extra is one-size-fits-all.

The Lip-Gloss Set
Bold or subtle? No matter her preference, she’ll find a shade to suit her every mood.

The Handpicked Holiday Shop: Last-Minute Gifts Boutique opens Saturday, December 6, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 6, 2014

Yes, you heard right. Pantone announced yesterday that its 2015 Color of the Year is Marsala, which it describes as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.”

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Image via pantone.com

Although not quite as bright and pretty as this year’s Radiant Orchid, Marsala’s rusty undertones will be easy to integrate into everything from our wardrobes to our décor. And as a matter of fact, it’s already been spotted on the spring 2015 runways.

I know what you’re thinking. The name alone doesn’t sound so appealing (chicken marsala, anyone?). But after seeing Dries Van Noten and Louis Vuitton incorporate it into their spring collections, I must say, I’m eager to give it a try.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 5, 2014

Finalizing the shopping list for Thanksgiving (that’s tomorrow for you procrastinators) and stumped on what to make for dessert? Fret no more. Impress even your foodie cousin, finicky in-laws, and picky sibling with this unconventional treat. Rue graphic designer Tyler W. shares his family’s recipe for a simple and oh-so-tasty layered chocolate pumpkin pie. Read on for all the details and make sure to grab these ingredients on your last-minute grocery haul.

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

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November 26, 2014