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Better Homes and Gardens December 2018

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the season of giving

(PHOTO: KATHRYN GAMBLE)I love watching someone unwrapping a gift. There’s the sense of anticipation that they will love it or the mounting fear that they will have to fake a look of delight and appreciation if it’s not quite what they were hoping for (and they know you’re judging their reaction). We’ve been told since childhood that December is the season of giving. And even with all the discussion of holiday commercialism and the nagging sense that everyone is just looking to get, I still think planning what to buy, shopping for it, wrapping it beautifully, and finally giving it are some of the greatest pleasures of the holidays.But for many, holiday shopping becomes a stressful chore—another thing to check off the list at the busiest time of the year.…

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Your one-stop holiday spotMake the season even merrier with our latest do-it-yourself projects and gift ideas for everyone on your list.! #BHGHOWIHOLIDAY Tag your project photos on Instagram to show us how you’re celebrating the season.CHRISTMAS COOKIES FOR EVERYONEOUR BEST RECIPES Just in time for cookie exchanges, our roundup covers the classics, big-batch favorites, and everything in between.[SWEEPSTAKES]Win $25,000 to get your home ready for the holidays. Enter for a chance to win at Details on page 64.[EXCLUSIVE BH&G OFFER]Hale Groves Fruit BoxBring bright citrus flavors home for the holidays. Each box comes from a family farm in Florida and includes freshly picked navel oranges, seedless ruby red grapefruit, and tangerines, plus chocolate chip cookies and milk chocolate candies.Need an easy gift idea? Order at or call 800/678-1154.…

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THE BEST TECH GIFTS MAKE A DAILY ROUTINE EASIER.HALF OF EACH PURCHASE BENEFITS THE CAUSE OF YOUR CHOICE.1 TASSLED RIBBED LOUNGERS Fleece lining and a nonskid sole. $38 per pair; verloopknits.com2 RETRO STYLE ELECTRIC KETTLE A temperature gauge ensures precisely heated water. $80; russellhobbs.com3 GOOGLE HOME MINI The speaker that responds to questions and commands, now in Aqua. $49; ARTISAN SOAPS For the hostess who always dresses up the guest bath. $20 (set of four); reprotiqueart.com5 ROUGE G LIPSTICK CASE This lipstick’s twist: a built-in mirror in a refillable case. Lipstick $32, case $17.50; sephora.com6 GAUCHO TECHPACK A portable battery pack and charging cables in a cool leather pouch. $51; MELAMINE TRAYS The work of Swedish artist Hilma af Klint inspired these 5×8 trays. $30 (set of two);…

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young at heart

YOUR CHILD’S ART MADE INTO A STUFFED TOY.1 CHOCOLATE WAND For conjuring spells like your favorite Harry Potter characters. $10; jellybelly.com2 WATERCOLOR SET Mix colors on the laminated lid. $35; fredericksandmae.com3 ENAMEL BRACELETS Each design benefits a charity. $30 each; collectivejourneys.com4 BOARD BOOKS Teach little ones new words room by room with the House: First Words Board Books boxed set. $19; chroniclebooks.com5 POCKET GAMES & COLORING Activities on a paper roll. $9.50; us.omymaison.com6 PENCIL BLOK This 2¼-inch-long graphite sculpture writes like a pencil. $9.50; batlestudio.com7 MEMORY GAME Bright, graphic patterns make these 36 pairs ageless. $40; papiertigre.fr8 BUDSIES CUSTOM STUFFED ANIMAL Imagine holding a 16-inch-tall plush version of a favorite drawing. $90 from 11/20/18 to 12/13/18 using discount code BHGBudsies; budsies.com9 CIRCLE SOCIETY SKATES They’re back, and they’re adjustable. $50;…

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A MARBLE PLATTER FOR BOTH CUTTING AND SERVING.1 ON-THE-GO STRAW KIT Encourage stylish eco-friendly habits. $9; anthropologie.com2 MARBLE PLATTER A metal strip accents this platter. $18; MOD CANVAS TOTE BAG A utilitarian favorite goes glam. Medium $70; annieselke.com4 WHALE SERVER SET Sure to prompt a smile at the table. $32; dejumo.com5 KIDS’ KITTY CRYSTAL-TRIM HEADPHONES Complete with a built-in microphone for taking calls while playing tunes. $35; neimanmarcus.com6 BOOK DARTS Book lovers can slip one on a page instead of folding over a corner. $10 for 30; schoolhouse.com7 VATTENKRASSE WATERING CAN Holds 30 ounces. $10; ikea.com8 MEASURING TAPE A reproduction to tuck into a purse. $14; dressanddwell.com9 KAOS SOCCER BALL What a kick for your favorite soccer player. $40;[GIFT STRATEGY]REGIFT & UPGRADERegifting is the new green giving. Upgrade…

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the perfect gift

Add a splash of color with a gorgeous double red amaryllis exclusively from White Flower Farm.Back by popular demand, these bulbs are guaranteed to send up at least two stalks, most with two double blooms, about eight to 10 weeks after delivery. The easy-to-grow bulbs arrive in a 7-inch woven basket with care instructions and, if desired, a gift message.Order online at BHGGarden or call 800/420-2852; refer to code RSG17. Item GM084673 costs $34. Be sure to add an amaryllis stake (item No. 56597) for best results.…