Christmas

Prepping for Christmas goes way beyond shopping for gifts. Of course, the presents are nice—but an entire month of festivities is what really makes the season so merry. Once December rolls around, it’s time to kick your shopping, decorating, and baking efforts into high gear. Get yourself in the spirit by lighting a woodsy or seasonally scented candle. The scent of the season wafting through your home is sure to inspire your creativity as you finalize those Christmas party ideas (there is, in fact, a scientific reason why the holidays smell so good). Then, pop in one of your favorite holidays movies and pick out some festive Christmas crafts to create. Don’t forget to spend some time finalizing your holiday menu a week or two ahead of the event—there are plenty of make-ahead recipes that will help you relax and enjoy the party just as much as your guests are. And, don’t worry, we have plenty of gift ideas, too, so you can cross that off your to-do list, as well.

The One Gift I’m Getting for Everyone on My List

‘Tis the season of giving and giving back.

The Best Secret Santa and Yankee Swap Gifts We’ve Ever Gotten

These will be the most coveted presents at the party.

Holiday Negroni

The Negroni, a popular Italian cocktail, has made a serious comeback in the past couple of years—and we can’t get enough of it. Traditionally, this punchy, bitter cocktail is made with equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. But for the holidays, we took inspiration from the spices in mulled wine—star anise, cinnamon, and cloves—and used them to infuse the Campari overnight. The result is a crowd-pleasing holiday cocktail that’s very merry and quite delicious. We like to garnish each glass with a strip of orange zest and a whole star anise. Serving it over extra-large ice cubes will make it look like it came straight from the hottest cocktail bar.

Here’s Everything on Sale for Black Friday at Williams-Sonoma

Upgrade your kitchen with something special from this huge sale.

60 Great Christmas Gifts for Your Wife

Find the thoughtful, sexy and romantic Christmas gifts for your wife on our list, all of which you can buy now. And if your wife is pregnant, we’ve found the perfect gift her!

Cool Gifts for Kids

Dozens of fun gifts that are sure to please the little ones. Find more great present ideas for everyone on your list here.

Unique Gift Ideas for Women

Surprise your mom, sister, or best friend with one of these creative ideas from our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Or, find more great gifts for everyone on your list here.

Affogato with Hazelnuts and Chocolate 

Affogato: An Italian coffee-based (easy!) dessert that adds a touch of elegance to a dinner party. The combination of caffeine and ice cream is the perfect way to round out your gathering. We suggest brewing some decaf, too, for guests who shy away from caffeine come dinnertime. Hazelnuts add crunch and richness to every bite, while the chocolate shavings make each serving festive. Serve the affogatos in coupe or wine glasses to make the treat feel extra special. Or, for a more casual dessert, serve in ice cream bowls or mugs. Once you experience the ice cream melting into the coffee, this will quickly become one of your favorite party tricks.

3 Holiday Cake Decorating Stencils

These stencils designs—and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar—will help you create gorgeous holiday cakes, no special pastry training required.

Target’s Having a Major Toy Sale This Saturday

Save 20 percent off toys just in time for holiday shopping.