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Etsy Item of the Day: His & Hers Stockings

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The stockings in this Etsy shop are so pretty, and each design is full of details that you may not notice at first glance. Take these his & hers stockings, for example. The stockings are quite lovely, but upon a closer look you will see mistletoe hanging from the stag’s antler. How cute and clever! These stockings would be a sweet gift for any couple—new or seasoned.
His & Hers Stockings ~ Etsy Seller: Heartfelt Stockings

Etsy Seller: Heartfelt Stockings

Add Some with Pizzazz These Holiday Headbands

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When you’re getting ready for a holiday soirée, it’s fun to add a dash of festive flair to your outfit. You could do this with jewelry or tights, but one of my favourite ways to jazz up a Christmas outfit is with a unique hair accessory. Whether you wear it to your company Christmas party or Christmas dinner, any of the headbands below will give your outfit that extra bit of merry.


Sequin Green & Red Christmas Bow Headband Oversized Black Bow Elf Hat Headband Mistletoe Headband Christmas Knotted Headbands Swanky Celebration Feather Fascinator Cocktail Hat Top Hat Fascinator

  1. This top hat fascinator is perfect for when you’re feelin’ festive and fancy.

  2. The spray of red feathers on this swanky celebration feather fascinator cocktail hat will instantly upgrade any outfit. [Bonus idea: You could also wear this on a date on Valentine's Day!]

  3. Add some subtle holiday cheer to a more casual outfit with these knotted headbands.

  4. Just for giggles, you could don this mistletoe headband. Maybe your sweetie will even give you a smooch ;)

  5. If you’re an elf-wannabe, sport this elf hat headband along with some red and green striped tights.

  6. An adorable statement piece, this oversized bow would look great with a little black dress and some sparkly jewelry.

  7. Not only is this sequin green & red Christmas bow headband cute, but it also lights up!

Psst… All of these hair accessories are available for two-day shipping [some even with Amazon Prime], so you can still get them before this weekend!

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Etsy Item of the Day: Plush Octopus Ornament

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These chubby octopus ornaments are so adorable that they practically made me squeal with delight. Soft, squishable, and available in a variety of colours, one of these ornaments would be the perfect gift for the cephalopod lover in your life. FuzziMutt Creations also has larger octopus plushies for sale, and they are equally darling!

Etsy Seller: FuzziMutt Creations

Make a Difference with One Warm Coat

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The winter months are chilly, but especially frigid for folks who don’t have the luxury of a cozy coat. One Warm Coat® has been collecting coats since 1992 and giving them to people in need. The organization has grown over the years and has given away nearly 4 million coats to date!

While that sounds like a lot of coats, there is indeed still a great need for more. The economic climate, unemployment, and natural disasters have contributed to the hardships that many people are facing. Did you know that 1 in 5 children live in poverty? That is a staggering number of children—not to mention families—that are experiencing hard times.

The good news is that there are several ways for you to get involved and help! If you have an extra coat or two in your closet, you can give it to someone who needs it. In addition to coats, One Warm Coat encourages donors to give any type of outerwear, such as sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, scarves, or mittens. And, for any crafters out there, you can donate a handmade scarf, mittens, or hat. ;)

You can drop off your coats at any The Container Store location or go One Warm Coat’s website to locate a coat drive near you.

Want to do more to help?

Another way to get involved is to volunteer your time. One Warm Coat provides you with many resources to start your own coat drive and help you find an agency who will distribute the coats you collect. One Warm Coat provides you with a toolkit if you want to organize your own coat drive. Together, we can make a difference and spread the warmth of Christmas through the act of giving.

Etsy Item of the Day: Love Santa Tote Bag

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I’m loving this tote bag! The simple heart pays homage to the jolly bearded man we all love—Santa. Yule spread cheer wherever you go with this cute bag. Here’s an idea for you—double up on your gift-giving prowess when you use this tote as a gift bag. If you still need to get some Christmas cards, check out this Santa card that matches the tote.
Love Santa Tote Bag ~ Etsy Seller: hello DODO

Etsy Seller: hello DODO

The Christmas Tree Deconstructed

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With there now only being 11 days left until Christmas, I imagine that most of you have your Christmas trees up and decorated. If you’re anything like me, then you might even have more than one Christmas tree at your home! What can I say—as an elf, I love Christmas decorations :)

Did you know that the first written record of a decorated Christmas tree dates back more than 500 years? To learn where this Christmas tree was located and other interesting fir facts, check out the infographic below!
The Christmas Tree Deconstructed

Click on the image for an even closer look! Infographic via UberSignal

Etsy Item of the Day: Buddy the Elf Quote

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“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”

I love this quote from Buddy in Elf, which is one of my favorite Christmas movies. This image is an instant digital download, not a physical print, so you can print it from home or enlarge and print it at a photo processing center. Since you’ll get this instantly, you won’t have to worry about delivery fees or transit time!
Buddy the Elf Quote ~ Etsy Seller: Ink & Parchment Press

Etsy Seller: Ink & Parchment Press

12 Easy Ways to Spread Christmas Cheer

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Christmas is just 12 days away! In the days leading up to Christmas, most of us still have many things to do, such as cookie decorating, holiday shopping, planning Christmas dinner, making trips to the grocery store, and more. With so much to do in a limited amount of time, it is easy to get swept away in the business of it all, neglecting the true meaning of Christmas.

Hopefully you’ll find these 12 ideas practical to implement into your daily routine in these 12 days before Christmas. If you like, you can choose one idea a day. To help you remember your “daily duty,” add a reminder to your calendar, phone, or write the task out on a sticky note.

1. Pay It Forward

Photo Credit: Christopher Cornelius. License: CC BY 2.0

Pay for someone’s drink at a coffee shop, meal at a restaurant, or drive-thru order. Do it anonymously and ask the server to give a message to the recipient. You could say something like “Merry Christmas!” or “Enjoy the coffee!”

2. Be Cheery When Waiting in Line

No doubt you’ll be standing in line somewhere: the grocery store, the mall, the gas station, or even the post office. Instead of anxiously standing in line, wondering why the cashier isn’t moving faster, take a moment to notice the people around you. Ask a simple question to the person in front of you, such as “I’m so excited about the holidays. What’s your favorite part about Christmas?” Even a smile can help brighten someone’s day.

3. Give Cookies to Local Law Enforcement

Photo Credit: Iryna Yeroshko. License: CC BY 2.0

Take a box of cookies or a gift basket to your local fire station or police station along with a note thanking them for their service to the community. If you’re health conscious, give them a fruit basket instead.

4. Let Others Go First

Hold the door and allow someone to go ahead of you when you are boarding an elevator or entering a store. When entering or standing in a checkout line, allow someone with fewer items to go ahead of you. These simple gestures may mean a lot to someone. All you need is a bit of patience and a smile.

5. Sing Christmas Carols


Buddy the elf says it best: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Spread Christmas joy by singing to your kids—or if you have the courage, grab a few friends and start singing in the middle of a shopping mall. Maybe you’ll get the crowd to join in!

6. Give an Extra Tip

If you are dining out anytime soon, give your server an extra tip. Write a quick, kind note on the receipt like “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.”

7. Be Considerate When Driving

Photo Credit: Dennis Hamilton. License: CC BY 2.0

Show kindness to other drivers on the road. If you have tendency to speed, slow down and be considerate, letting other cars ahead of you instead of speeding ahead of them. Likewise, don’t get grumpy when other people cut in front of you. Your negativity affects you, not the other driver. Choose to let it go and enjoy the rest of your day.

8. Pack a Lunchbox Surprise

If you have kiddos, put a note in their lunchbox or even their backpack. You can write a riddle, joke, encouraging words, or a simple “Have a nice day!” (You can do this for spouses, too!)

9. Pause Under the Mistletoe

Photo Credit: Bart Everson. License: CC BY 2.0 Edited.

Take a moment every day to let your loved one know you care. A simple smooch when leaving for work or when you get home is a good way to stay connected.

10. Write a Love Note on the Mirror

Use a dry erase marker to write an encouraging note for your family members on the bathroom mirror. If you’re artistically inclined, draw a festive scene to brighten their morning!

11. Send Hugs & Kisses

Photo Credit: hairyhenderson. License: CC BY 2.0

Pack your spouse’s or your kid’s lunch with a hug and a kiss—a Hershey’s Hug and Hershey’s Kiss, that is! You could also tuck the sweet treats inside a coat pocket, briefcase, or backpack. Place the chocolates inside a small Ziploc bag if you’re concerned about them melting before they are discovered.

12. Give Unexpected Gifts

Give gifts to miscellaneous people, such as your hairdresser, vet, or pharmacist. Something as simple as a ribbon-wrapped chocolate bar can brighten someone’s day.

Etsy Item of the Day: Heart Christmas Crackers

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Covered in charming hearts, these Christmas crackers will be a fun addition to your holiday celebration. Not only is the recycled paper screen printed by hand, but the crackers themselves are handmade as well. Each Christmas cracker contains a festive badge, a candy cane, a joke, and a Christmas party hat. Also available are multi-coloured chevron, gold & white chevron, and metallic chevron Christmas crackers.

Etsy Seller: Sophia Victoria Joy

Raymond Around the World: London

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During our elfy downtime this year, Raymond and I have enjoyed our travels together. So far we’ve told you about our adventures in New York City and the Blue Ridge Mountains, but we also journeyed to other spots in the world outside of the United States. Any guesses? Here’s a hint: We went back to a place we visited in 2012 during the Olympics…

Yep—London!

London is one of my absolute favourite cities, and Raymond had a blast when went there a couple years ago, so we decided to go back so that Raymond could explore some more.

One evening we headed over to Knightsbridge to pick up some biscuits and chocolates at the Food Halls at Harrods. What can I say—Raymond and I both have a sweet tooth.

Hey, double-decker bus, you’re in the way!
Excited to visit the amazing Food Halls at Harrods

The next day we went for a walk along the River Thames so that Raymond could take in even more sights, both historical and fun.

Scoping out the London Eye
Pausing on Westminster Bridge for a quick photo
Checking the time on Big Ben

Raymond liked riding on the subway in NYC so much that I knew he would really love riding the Tube, which we took to get all over London.

Raymond heeding the warning
London Underground train approaching on the Circle line
Hopping on the Tube

After traipsing around the city, Raymond and I were parched, so we popped into a shop for a cold drink. Raymond was so excited to see his friends’ names on the Coke bottles!

Christmas Reindeer Coke Bottles - London
But where’s the ‘Raymond’ bottle!?

I think Raymond might love London almost as much as I do, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the two of us visit there again! In the meantime, where else do you think Raymond went this year? Stay tuned to find out! :)

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