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Chestnuts roasting by an open fire. Jack frost nipping at your nose. A to-do list a mile long. Or is that not how the song goes?
Noted. But it might be time for a rewrite. Because at this point in the holiday season, there’s about a hundred things to do. Not to mention finding the perfect presents.
Don’t worry. We’re on the case. Our Celebrate Smarter Shop has gifts for everyone on your list. Here are some of our favorites.
Why it's smart: The old-school rule of thumb was to own 8-12 of each type of wine glass. But who has room for that. The shape of these glasses are made for all the colors of the wine rainbow. Cheers.
Why it’s smart: This heart-shaped plant only needs to be watered once a month (a little more if it's in a bright windowsill). Plus, it's safe for pets so if your cat chews on it you don't have to worry.
Why it’s smart: This leather bag holds whatever you need for a productive day. Think: laptop, book, water bottle, umbrella. But it’s sturdy so it won’t weigh you down. Plus: it has an interior zip pocket for your keys, phone, wallet, and that emergency candy bar. Sweet.
Why it’s smart: This collapsible coffee cup can hold a Grande but also shrinks down to fit in a makeup bag, purse, or pocket. So you can take it with you anywhere and say goodbye to throwaway cups. The planet will thank you later.
Why it’s smart: It’s all in the name. These leggings look like leather, but feel like… leggings. Plus, they have a Power waistband built-in (meaning: it’s thick and makes you feel secure). Appropriate for wearing everywhere. PS: they sell out every year, so don’t wait.
Why it’s smart: This classic chess set looks great on your coffee table whether you play it or not. Literally yes, queen.
Why it’s smart: With this syrup and a little vodka, you have yourself a perfect Moscow Mule made in one hot minute. And you just became the most popular person at the party.
Why it’s smart: Color coded wine markers put an end to the endless ‘is this my drink?’ situation. Phew.
Why it’s smart: Scented candles can be indoor air polluters. This one is paraben-free and the brandy Old Fashioned-inspired fragrance is made with safe ingredients. It burns clean and smells great.
Why it’s smart: This SUV is designed for you. Meaning: it offers safety features you want and then some. We know buying a car is a big decision, but if you were looking for the right car to wrap… guess what? Buick has deals on deals for the holidays.
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PPS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. Thanks.
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Raise your hand if you’re never wearing jeans again. This list has a stretchy romper, go-to joggers, and bike shorts with pockets. Bye forever, belts.
Since your social life is now 100% outside. This list has backyard bocce, pong golf, and giant wood dominoes. No cheating.
We’ve got a neck fan, something to prevent thigh-chafing, and cooling towels. Ah, sweet relief.