This Christmas, give your beloved friends and family a thoughtful, inexpensive gift that'll keep on giving in the months to come: made-from-scratch vanilla extract. This recipe, which calls for only two ingredients and less than five minutes of prep, isn't just functional — it's also pretty and long-lasting. Watch the video to find out how to prolong the life of your homemade vanilla extract and how to package it as a beautiful gift for the holidays.
It's the most wonderful time of the year: time to watch as many Christmas movies as you can until you're physically unable to continue! We've decided it might be best to ease you into it, so instead of making you watch the whole films, we've rounded up the most GIF-worthy moments of 12 classic, wonderful Christmas movies. We'll be adding in a new GIF every day, so check back to see which movies make our list!
12. Love Actually
There are so many different storylines in Love Actually, which means at least one of them is going to mirror your own holiday experience. Basically, it's fitting for any mood you're in, from down in the dumps to head in the clouds.
Come on, there's no way you're going to get through this movie without laughing. And if you do somehow manage to make it through without laughing, then you're just a regular Scrooge.
10: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Aside from the fact that the terrifying abominable snowman gave me years and years worth of nightmares, I watched this one countless times as a kid.
9: The Muppet Christmas Carol
Come on. It's the Muppets. What else do you need? Plus, this specific moment embodies almost every dietary moment of the holiday season.
8: Find out tomorrow!
Christmas came early at last night's KIIS FM Jingle Ball when both Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus performed in holiday-inspired costumes that were anything but family-friendly. Selena vamped it up in a shiny red leotard covered with a sexy lace overlay, black combat boots, a black choker, and — to complete the full-on goth look — black lipstick. Miley continued her year's parade of crop tops with a red sequined option with furry white cuffs and matching bottoms. And although most singers don't typically perform with their purses still slung on their shoulders, Miley couldn't help but bring her furry chain-strap Chanel bag up on stage with her. And why not? The strap perfectly matched those on her boots!
The first family was joined by a few famous faces for the annual national Christmas tree-lighting ceremony outside the White House on Friday. Following a series of holiday performances, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their girls took the stage to address the crowd as the tree was lit, all smiles despite the rain during a picture-perfect moment. While speaking, Obama took a moment to remember Nelson Mandela, mentioning "a special measure of gratitude" for the former South African president who passed away earlier this week. At the event, Michelle also spent some solo time in the spotlight to read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to kids with one of Sesame Street's puppets, and there were several performances including appearances by Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monáe, and The Avett Brothers.
What happens when one of the coolest brands around hooks up with stylish celebrities with social consciences? The Rag & Bone holiday gift guide, of course! Stars like Christy Turlington Burns, Eddie Vedder, and Lily Aldridge picked charities close to their hearts, along with selected products they love from Rag & Bone. From now through Dec. 11, Rag & Bone will donate 10 percent of the sales of those specific items to the designated charities. And if that wasn't enough, the brand is also matching the money raised. Do good, gift good: it's our favorite holiday mantra. We've picked a few of our favorites, but to see the full guide, head to rag-bone.com.
After secretly listening to Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" all November, you can finally take off the earbuds and blast your holiday music in public sans shame. With Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, it's officially the most wonderful time of the year. Make the most of it with your mate by cuddling up with some hot cocoa or having a flirty snowball fight. Here are 21 wintry date ideas inspired by Instagram.
One of the bigger headaches of the holiday season is wrapping all those presents. But what if there were products so pretty, all you had to do was buy them and pop them under your tree? Well, we've rounded up 10 products with packaging so elegant, we're giving our wrapping paper a holiday this year. You'll just need to add a tag and a bow!
Is there anything better than giving someone a present they truly love? Why yes! Gifting something they love that also contributes to a worthy cause. Ahead, check out six gifts that are practical, stylish, and best of all, charitable.
Double points for LSTN Headphones. Not only are the music accessories made from reclaimed wood, but the company partners with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to donate a portion of proceeds to helping people hear music for the first time. We especially like the Troubadour collection ($150 each) for their unique shapes.
(PRODUCT)RED by Apple
Buy the PRODUCT(RED) edition of the iPod Shuffle ($49), iPod Nano ($149), iPod Touch ($299), iPad Smart Cover ($39), iPad Smart Case ($79), iPhone 5S Case ($39), or iPhone 4S bumper ($29) and Apple will donate a portion of of the proceeds to the Global Fund, which fights AIDS in Africa. The scarlet-hued PRODUCT(RED) versions do not cost more than the other color options.
Mophie RED iPhone Case
There are so many reasons to love this RED iPhone 5 case ($120) — the ruby color, the fact that it comes with a juice pack air case for when your battery runs low, and most especially, the fact that five percent of the proceeds go to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS.
Mend 13-inch Laptop Sleeve
Handmade in Uganda, this laptop sleeve ($59) isn't just gift-worthy for its sleek look. The case was created by the organization Invisible Children to help empower women affected by the Lord's Resistance Movement conflict.
Check everyone off your gift list this holiday season with a book that showcases the cuteness of animals. From silly to serious, all of these books have one thing in common — total adorableness. And most of these page-turners ring in under $20, which also makes them budget-friendly buys. Click through for a collection of a few of our favorites.