If you’re an expert at trimming the tree – and we suspect you are – now is the time to apply those decorating skills to your drink menu. Read on for a few garnish ideas to elevate at-home libations. And yes, sampling is encouraged.

Fortune Cookie Garnish

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December 23, 2014

You set out milk and cookies (and even took care to leave carrots for Rudolph). Now that the little ones are asleep? It’s finally time to dress up those gifts. Lucky for you, we have three whimsical ideas to make this year’s holiday a memorable one.

Kids' Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

Add Some Sugar
Weave a candy cane or lollipop into the bow. Better yet, wrap smaller boxes with a candy necklace. Something to open and a tasty treat? Double whammy.

Rope Them In
Tie packages with a jump rope in place of ribbon. They can use it later to burn off some of that excess holiday energy.

Deliver the Goods
Place a small gift in the bed of a toy truck, then steer the pickup under the tree to make a special delivery.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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December 19, 2014

Kristina Tsipouras is a busy woman. Juggling two brands, Soulshine yoga apparel and ZOOS beverages, she’s a pro at managing mayhem. And since you’re probably approaching peak levels of holiday-season chaos, we asked this wellness expert to share her go-to ways for staying balanced.

Soulshine Yoga

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December 19, 2014

For the fashionistas on your list, nothing short of stylish will do. Think outside the gift box to ensure that yours is the present they reach for first. Read on for wrapping tips so Instagram-friendly, they won’t even mind if the package is empty. 

Holiday Wrapping Tips

Belt It Up
Instead of using ribbon, accent a wrapped package with an on-trend belt, which also doubles as a bonus gift. Textiles like grosgrain and canvas are easiest to work with. For a truly standout wrap job (and a healthy dose of contrast), go for one with buttery leather accents and a buckle for a metallic touch.

Bundle It with a Scarf
Save paper and wrap a box in a super-soft scarf instead. Tuck a sprig of holly or a decorative branch of pinecones into the folds and secure with a pin. Guaranteed to wow (and warm).

Pin It
For a tasteful play on texture and dimension, tie your gift with a bow and fasten it with a brooch. Opt for one in a richly patterned fabric like we did, or for a vintage-lover, channel old-school elegance with a glittering, jewelry-inspired piece.

By Renata Certo-Ware, Staff Writer

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December 16, 2014

So you’ve watched the same holiday movie dozens of times. Yes, Elf is great and all, but why not try a timeless book instead? We enlisted the help of award-winning children’s librarian Debbie Laffond to find your next classic fireside read. Grab your littlest relatives and prepare for some festive nostalgia.

Favorite Holiday Children's Books

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December 11, 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.


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

Get ahead on the holiday season creep-up. With must-have finds at every price point – from stocking stuffers to big-ticket items – this Boutique makes it easy to satisfy every request in a snap. Read on for tips on how to turn two popular gifts (big and small) into ones they’ll never put down.

 Just-Right Gift Picks for the Holidays

Stocking Stuffers
One bracelet makes a statement – a whole stack turns heads. Gift a variety of metals and sizes by tying them together with a ribbon.

Big-Ticket Items
A minaudière is petite, but it packs a style punch. Fill one with night-out essentials (like lipstick) so she can grab and go after unwrapping.

Our The Handpicked Holiday Gift Shop: Picks by Price Boutique opens Monday, November 24, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 24, 2014

This year, we’re teaming up with PayPal to make your holiday shopping as easy as possible (so you can get back to celebrating). With 60 no-brainer gifts launching throughout the week – and the option for a fast and completely secure checkout with PayPal – you can spoil every giftee on your list with what they really want. These steals will even leave you with extra to spend on a finishing touch. Here, we share three ways to make this season the most memorable yet.


Brilliance New York Diamond & Pearl Night Cream $399 $29.99
If you didn’t think you could put that big-ticket item under the tree, think again. Grab a super-luxe night cream at a too-good-to-be-true price, then throw in a silk eye mask for the complete at-home spa experience.

Cullen Women’s Cashmere Hat & Fingerless-Glove Set $215 $79.99
& Portolano Men’s Striped Scarf & Glove Set $150 $49.99
Buy items in sets. Wrap a hat-and-glove set for twice the cozy, without breaking the bank. Then throw on skates and hit the ice together so they can show off.

Stella & Ruby 14k-Plated Braided Necklace $130 $39.99
Glitzy extras – think statement necklaces and crystal earrings – are crowd-pleasers. Keep them on hand for last-minute gift swaps. Have leftovers? Hold on to them for yourself or save them for next year.

Our Presented by PayPal: 12 gift steals. 24 hours. Boutiques open Monday, November 24; Tuesday, November 25; Friday, November 28; Saturday, November 29; and Monday, December 1, at 8AM ET.

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November 24, 2014

You’re tackling those wish lists – and thanks to our buyers – snagging the just-right items for every giftee. Here are five ways to put a personal touch on those picks.

More Next-Level Gifting Tips

For the Luxury Loyalist
Indulging never goes out of fashion. Surprise them with luxe staples they can (and will) wear every day.

For the Homebody
A knit throw and a hoodie make nights on the couch even cozier. Add a movie for an excuse to stay in.

For the Relaxation-Minded
Give scrubs and candles for an at-home spa day. Toss in chamomile tea for the ultimate dose of Zen.

For the Sparkle Lover
Gift her gemstone hoops to channel the disco era or cascading pearls to speak to her Old Hollywood side.

For the Snow Seeker
She lives on the slopes. Supply her with wool scarves and sheepskin boots to minimize hot-cocoa breaks.

Our Handpicked Holiday Shop: New Picks by Personality Boutique opened Thursday, November 13, at 3PM ET. Find even more gifting tips here.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 20, 2014

Now that holiday season is under way, tackling those wish lists is top priority. Lucky for you, we’ve chosen just-right items for every giftee. Want to make our picks extra personal? Take note of the five tips below.

Personalized Holiday Gift Ideas

For the Detail-Oriented Guy
Pack slippers and cashmere into a rugged weekender. Then wow him with a winter getaway.

For the Fashion Devotee
Pair on-trend pieces with a camera tripod so she can refine her street-style poses.

For the Taste Tester
Treat a savory seeker with a picnic basket and gourmet eats, or give a sweet tooth pancake mix and maple syrup.

For the Style Perfectionist
Wrap together chic extras (think printed scarves and colorful clutches) that elevate any look in a snap.

For the Hostess
Come bearing an artisanal cheese board. And don’t forget the most heartfelt thank you: a handwritten card.

Our Handpicked Holiday Shop: New Picks by Personality Boutique opens Thursday, November 13, at 3PM ET. Want even more gifting guidance? Check back next week for five extra tips.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 13, 2014