We aren't ashamed to admit that we're obsessed with the '90s. After all, we're talking about a decade that gave us Tamagotchi and Clueless! And as we listen to classic holiday albums by *NSYNC and Mariah Carey this month, we're reminded yet again of what made Christmas in the '90s so rad. There were cheesy Christmas sweaters (worn nonironically), even cheesier pics of boy bands in Santa garb, holiday episodes of our favorite TV shows, and, of course, JTT in I'll Be Home For Christmas! See some of the most memorable toys, music, movies, and more from the holidays in the '90s!
Arguably the most fun part of Christmas parties is pulling out your beloved ugly Christmas sweaters. The more puffs, decor, and sequined appliqués, the better. However, take things a step further by icing cookies, inspired by these notoriously bad Christmas sweater designs. Gaudy snowmen? Check. Bright, blazing Christmas trees? Check. Naughty or nice? Check (the latter one). Glean some awesomely bad decorating tips from these cookies.
There are plenty of reasons to love the holidays, and as beauty editors, we can't think of a better time of the year to be completely dazzled by the gorgeously packaged gifts from our favorite brands. Right now, beauty counters are overflowing with amazing palettes and gift sets, so we're helping you cut through the chaos with our handpicked favorites. Just keep clicking to see what we're giving (and hoping to receive!) this year.
If you're looking for something new to toast with at a holiday party or just need a sore-throat soother, we have just the recipe! Made with antioxidant-rich ingredients, our healthy twist on the hot toddy skips all the fat and calories found in traditional holiday classics like hot buttered rum and eggnog. It's also a cinch to make!
If you're searching for a gift to present to a loved one, why not go for something homemade and delicious? Whether you're looking for a quick and easy project or a more involved afternoon affair, these creative gifts will impress all of your friends and family. Likewise, we have picks for any palate and proclivity, including those with a raging sweet tooth, the salt obsessed, the boozehound, and more.
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No matter how cute your ugly Christmas sweater may be, the perfect holiday accessory is the sartorial equivalent of the star on top of the tree. Whether you're one for sparkling sunglasses, kitschy headbands, or bags in the shape of your favorite wintertime cookie, we've gathered a few of our favorites to make sure you turn more than a few heads — and maybe even elicit a holiday chuckle — at your next party.
Clockwise from top left: Charlotte Olympia Ginger Bag ($665), Urban Outfitters Reindeer Antler Glasses ($8), Urban Outfitters Snowflake Glasses ($8), 3.1 Phillip Lim Snowflake-Intarsia Knitted Sweater ($475), Urban Outfitters Santa Pug Pullover Sweatshirt ($44), Dorothy Perkins Gingerbread House Sock Pack ($12), Topshop Snowman Boypants Underwear ($8), Target Adult Mistletoe Headband ($3), Urban Outfitters Instant Ugly Sweater Patches ($14), Charlotte Olympia Holly Flats ($795), Dolci Gioie Christmas Wreath Earrings ($178)
If we're being honest, we've gifted our mothers with jewelry or perfume for the last few holidays (cliché, we know). But this year, we're planning to surprise her with one of these gorgeous trinkets from Estée Lauder. The special holiday collection is an easy way to combine the two classic gifts — baubles and scents — with a more personal touch.
This isn't the first time the iconic beauty brand has offered golden zodiac compacts (pictured below), but this year they come encrusted with Swarovski crystals. Estée Lauder is also launching the Starry Nights gem-embellished compacts featuring a mirror and Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder inside. But the winners of this holiday collection are the solid perfume compacts. Each one is a talisman for luck, including ladybugs, wishbones, and horseshoes. Within the charm is a solid version of Estée Lauder's signature scents like Pleasures, Beautiful, and Tuberose Gardenia. You'll be able to pick up this gift at your local Estée Lauder counter in department stores as well as on EsteeLauder.com.
Solid Perfume Compact Collection
Starry Nights Powder Compact Collection
Zodiac Powder Compact Collection
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 story lines 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.
See the rest of the holiday movie GIFs when you keep reading.
It's a fact we can't deny: some pets are just more fashionable than others. So, this holiday season, when a squeaky chew toy just won't do, we're bringing out the industry big guns — do Ralph Lauren, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton ring any bells? — to help you give a gift worthy of your most fabulous feline or discerning dog. Click through for the ultimate designer pet accessories that bring new meaning to "best in show."