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Access the best gift ideas on the go.
Christmas Countdown Checklist
Minimize seasonal stress by keeping track of your to-dos.
Holiday New Uses
Surprising ways to repurpose cookie cutters, ribbon, and more.
25 Unique Gifts for Women
Browse two dozen fabulous finds under $50.
18 Great Gifts for Guys
Score something special for all of the men on your list.
20 Fun Gifts for Teens and Tweens
Satisfy even the pickiest person on your list with these creative finds.
29 Cool Gifts for Kids
More than two dozen fun gifts that are sure to please the little ones.
16 Holiday Gifts for Food-Lovers
Unique and delicious picks for the foodies on your list from our 2012 holiday gift guide.
14 Cool Gadgets for Tech Lovers
There's still a few days to score a great gift for the techies on your list.
9 Fun Gifts for Pets
Treats for everyone in the family–even Fido!
20 Holiday Hostess Gifts
Trade wine for one of these creative finds.
25 Unique Gifts for the Home
What do you get for the person who has it all? These one-of-a-kind finds are sure to satisfy any home owner on your list.
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Festive Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas
Simple tips and stylish shortcuts for trimming trees with ornaments, garlands, and more.
20 Simple Holiday Decorating Ideas
From the front door to the mantel, get inspired to deck the halls with these festive, no-fuss tips.
Last-Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas
Need some seasonal inspiration? Use these festive shortcuts for decking the halls in no time.
10 DIY Holiday Decorations
Festive decorating and entertaining ideas that are simple to pull together.
9 Homemade Holiday Decorations
Deck the halls with beautiful (and easy!) DIY projects.
35 Recipes for Christmas Dinner
From appetizers to desserts, these recipes are as special as the holiday itself.
50 Easy Holiday Cookies and Treats
These foolproof recipes will be a hit at your Christmas celebration or holiday party.
Best Holiday Cookies
From sugar cookies to shortbread, we have a delicious and festive recipe for any holiday occasion.
12 Clever Holiday Tips and Ideas
On the 12th day of Christmas, Real Simple gave to me…12 ideas for an easier holiday.
How to Store Holiday Decorations
When it's time to pack the seasonal items away, use these simple solutions and planning tips.
The Twelve Lists of Christmas
Good advice to get you humming through December’s festivities.
How to Make the Holidays More Affordable
Insiders spill their best-kept secrets for saving money on holiday entertaining, Christmas trees, and more.
7 Money-Saving Shopping Tips
Be prepared with these smart strategies before hitting the mall.
Best Days for Holiday Online Shopping
Consult this handy calendar of what gifts to purchase, when—courtesy of consumer-retail experts.
12 Super Simple Holiday Crafts for Kids
Simple DIY holiday projects that will keep kids entertained.
Creative Gift Wrap Solutions
‘Tis the season for the perfect holiday presentation.
6 Easy Cookie Packaging Ideas
Try these pretty presentations to turn ordinary cookies into gorgeous giftables for the holidays.
How To: Make a Holiday Centerpiece
Guests on the way, but your halls haven’t been decked? Watch this video to learn how to make a simple yet elegant centerpiece in just minutes. Bonus: It can be stored and used again next year.
How To: Make a Christmas Wreath
Spruce up your holiday decor with a festive Christmas wreath made from something other than traditional greenery. Fashion it with a few items from the craft store, in just four simple steps, as seen in this video.
3 Steps for Displaying Holiday Cards
A simple tutorial on how to show off your cards in style.
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