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Your Ultimate Guide to
the Holidays

Gift ideas, menu planning, simple decorating shortcuts,
and entertaining ideas made easy.

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Real Simple Gift Guide App
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.

Thanksgiving Recipes and Prep

Potluck Thanksgiving

Host a Thanksgiving Potluck
There's still time to pull together a home-cooked feast. Try this easy plan.

Thanksgiving dinner plate with sliced turkey, carrots and brussels sprouts

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dinner Menu 
With these crowd-pleasing recipes that you can prep in advance—plus a step-by-step timeline—your table will be deliciously composed this Thanksgiving. 

Quick-Roasting Turkey With Thyme Butter and Gravy

The Fastest Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes Ever
Anyone can pull off this simple, delicious Thanksgiving feast that takes just one day to make—no advance prep needed.

Thanksgiving dinner

100 Thanksgiving Recipes
Get inspired with endless options for turkey, cranberries, desserts, and much more.

Gingersnap Cherry Cheesecake

9 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts
Each of these delicious dessert recipes takes 20 minutes or less to prep.

Leaf-Shaped Crayons

12 Thanksgiving and Christmas Crafts for Kids
Simple DIY holiday projects that will keep kids entertained.

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29 Great Gifts for Women
Surprise your mom, sister, or best friend with one of these creative ideas.

27 Unique Gifts for Men
Creative ideas for the dad, brother, or husband on your holiday shopping list.

27 Gifts for Teenagers
Unique ideas for the pickier kids on your holiday list.

33 Creative Gifts for Kids
One-of-a-kind ideas that will delight the little ones on your list.

The Best Gifts for Anyone on Your List
Tokens of appreciation for that teacher, dog walker, or babysitter on your holiday list.

26 Gift Ideas for the Holiday Hostess
Skip the usual bottle of wine and try one of these unexpected gifts.

21 Unique Gifts for Tech-Lovers
Unique picks for the gadget-obsessed on your shopping list.

13 Gifts for Pets
Unique gift ideas for the dog, cat, even bird in your family.

Real Simple Asks
What activity do you like to do with your family on the weekends? Add your answer >>

Garland Tree

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
Capture the magic and brilliance of a classic holiday with simple inspiration and doable decorating tips.

10 DIY Holiday and Christmas Decorations
Festive decorating and entertaining ideas that are easy to pull together.

9 Homemade Holiday and Christmas Decorations
Deck your home with easy festive touches.

Pears With Blue Cheese and Prosciutto

35 Recipes for Christmas Dinner
From appetizers to desserts, these recipes are as special as the holiday itself.

50 Easy Holiday Cookies and Candies
These foolproof recipes will be a hit at your Christmas celebration or holiday party.

50 Best Holiday Cookie Recipes
From gingersnaps to sugar cookies to shortbread, we’ve got a bounty of festive holiday cookies.

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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.

Window ledge with holiday decorations

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.

Leaf-Shaped Crayons

12 Thanksgiving and Christmas 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 an Easy Holiday Centerpiece

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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