Not only do good things come in small packages, they come with good design and affordable prices. Keeping style, stockings, and savings in mind, we found a few trinkets that are sure to delight. Rather than giving the standard gift card or box of chocolates, turn to design favorites like a small candle or hand-printed tea towels for last-minute stocking stuffers. With 12 to choose from, you can mix and match a few or settle on a favorite that is sure to impress!
Between her television gig, successful design firm, and newly launched vintage ecommerce site, we knew Jillian would have loads of holiday decorating advice. Check out the six foolproof tips she relies on each year!
Use What You Have
"I love the old books, minitrees, and reindeer that I have collected over the years. To make your collectibles feel more special this year, try covering them with a cloche or glass cheese dome! You can use ornaments, books tied with a bow — anything with a sparkle!"
Don't Wrap All Your Presents
"I love to wait until everyone is asleep and save some unwrapped presents for under the tree — just a big ol' bow is good enough sometimes. If your present is beautiful, it shouldn't be under paper!"
Keep reading for more of Jillian's holiday decorating tips!
Whether you're shopping for an avid gamer, bike lover, or tech junkie, these pieces prove that even the most practical items can have design appeal! Capturing some of our favorite trends in the tech and interiors world, these gifts are sure to please any style-savvy geek.
We'd happily serve as the third wheel in a weekend of vintage shopping with husband-and-wife team Scott Jarrell and Kristan Cunningham — especially if it meant riding along in their 1963 Chevy truck! The couple's LA-based design firm and newly opened interiors store, Hammer and Spear, demonstrates their knack for nailing effortlessly cool interiors.
Whether you're exploring their brick-and-mortar store or trolling the ecommerce site, you're bound to end up with something in your cart. Since they're pros at sniffing out the best vintage finds and artisanal treasures, we decided to find out which items are topping their gift and wish lists. Take a look at the things they're dying to get and give this holiday season!
What's on Their Wish List:
Kristan: I'm not super girlie, in the sense that I don't have a ton of bags, and the ones I do have I keep for years. There's absolutely nothing that this Clare Vivier clutch ($210) won't go with — from jeans and a white t-shirt to a little black dress, so it makes for a great staple. And it can hold so much!
Scott: The whole Triumph & Disaster line of products are must haves, but the Stash Box ($150) packages them all nice and tidy, with beautiful imagery — it even comes with a shaving brush!
Scott: When a product is well-designed, made with quality materials, and expertly crafted, there’s no need for a bunch of bells and whistles. Mifland’s bags are simple and timeless, and the two-tone on this one ($415) is a simple detail that provides tons of impact. These guys nailed it.
Kristan: Vanja Bazdulj is a crazy talented London-based designer, making handcrafted tableware out of slab-built clay. Her shapes are simple and raw, and the drawings are childlike, but the pieces are remarkably sophisticated. I have a feeling that coffee would taste better out of one of her mugs ($41).
Keep reading to see what they're planning on giving this year!
If you've fantasized about transforming your home into a Winter wonderland but are stumped about where to start, you might want to take cues from HGTV host David Bromstad. Unabashedly embracing the more-is-more philosophy of decorating, David demonstrates how nine trees can be better than one! Glistening amid a carpet of cottony snow, David's mini forest (in the heart of Miami, FL) packs a whimsical punch. We caught up with him to get details on everything from his favorite faux-tree resources to the best technique for DIY snowballs!
POPSUGAR: You make faux trees look so beautiful! Do you have a favorite resource?
David Bromstad: Faux trees can be found everywhere. There are tons of varieties, and prices range from really inexpensive to superexpensive depending on the type and size. I adore faux trees, especially since I live in the South. Real trees just don't hold up well down here in Miami. My favorite resources are Grandin Road and Frontgate. You can shop from your living room and you have a huge selection to choose from. All my trees are faux, and most or them are flocked with snow — my little Winter wonderland forest in Miami!
PS: How did you create the fake snow and snowballs?
DB: Creating fake snow is easy! I buy it. It's super inexpensive and worth getting if you're looking for that Winter wonderland look. Artificial snow can be found anywhere you can find Christmas decor. Some of the snow even has sparkles in it — I love a little sparkle! I have to admit that the snowballs were actually expensive — and worth every penny — but can also be made with Styrofoam balls and cotton. By customizing the size and look of your snowballs, you can make them your own. There are endless possibilities!
Keep reading for more of David's Christmas decorating tips!
After spending hours trimming your tree, the last thing you want is a dried-out, needle-dropping mess that barely makes it through the holidays. This year, make your masterpiece last (ahem, until the New Year's, that is) with simple tips any novice can follow!
Before You Decorate
- Before you place your tree in a stand, cut about an inch off the bottom of the trunk. This helps to remove any hardened sap that may have formed on the bottom and will allow your tree to soak up more water.
- Once you get your tree home, place it in water as soon as possible.
Choosing a Stand
- If your tree isn't quite ready for its stand, then you can stick the trunk in a bucket of water and stash it for several days in a cool location.
- Go for a stand that actually fits your tree — shaving the sides of the tree will remove the outer layers, which soak up most of the water.
Watering Your Tree
- To figure out how much water your tree stand will need to hold, calculate a quart of water per inch of stem diameter.
- Check daily to make sure that the water level is always above the base of the tree.
- Keep your tree away from major sources of heat like fireplaces, heaters, and direct sunlight to keep it as fresh as possible. Something as simple as buying smaller lights that don't emit a ton of heat will help!
- While it's tempting, try to avoid overloading the electrical circuits connected to your tree.
- Turn off the tree lights when you leave the house or go to bed.
The Fun Part!
- Lights should be the first decorative element you put on your tree. Start by arranging them on the branches near the base of the tree. Weave the lights along inner branches first, and then move to the outer edges of the branches.
- After the lights, add your garland, and finish with ornaments. Instead of hanging all your ornaments on the tips of the branches, place some closer to the trunk to add depth.
Getting Rid of It Responsibly
- Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, so they can easily be recycled into mulch or used for other purposes. Find out how you can recycle your tree responsibly this year!
Whether you display them au naturel in a glass bowl or you paint them with glitter, pine cones are a useful element for dozens of Christmas crafts and Winter decorations. But before you go turning the conical fruits into a tree ornament, your pinecones should be dried to remove them of pitch (their sticky resin residue) and so their layers open up beautifully.
Before you dry them, you'll need to clean the cones by picking off pine needles and removing any visible pitch by dabbing them a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. Then, you should soak them in one part water, one part vinegar to get rid of any insects crawling around. The layers may close up when they're wet, but will reopen as they dry. Here are three methods to dry them:
- Air-drying. The first method is to air-dry them. Corral them up in a breathable container like a wicker basket or a woven shopping bag. Lay the base of the container with a sheet of paper to collect any debris that might fall. As you might expect, this method is the most time-consuming; it can take anywhere from several hours to a few days.
From playful greetings to personalized picks to modern, stylish options, we've rounded up the best holiday cards from our favorite stationery spots. Planning to wish your loved ones a happy holiday this year? Whether you are looking for classic Christmas cards, Hanukkah cards, or more general options, we found something for you. Get ahead of the holiday rush, and shop standout cards now!
If gift giving has you stumped — especially for the friend who seems to have it all — you're in luck! We've found some of the best design-savvy gifts that won't bend your budget. Whether it be a sleek vase or a gilded datebook, these picks will satiate anyone with an appetite for design!
You don't have to be a crafting queen to whip up charming Christmas decorations. This enchanting shadow box DIY reminds us of stargazing on a cold Winter night. The best part? You can summon your inner Martha without even breaking a sweat!
Keep reading to see what you need to create this look in minutes.