Better Homes and Gardens December 2018

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the season of giving

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. Lately I’ve…

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Your one-stop holiday spot Make the season even merrier with our latest do-it-yourself projects and gift ideas for everyone on your list. NEW! #BHGHOWIHOLIDAY Tag your project photos on Instagram to show us how you’re celebrating the season. CHRISTMAS COOKIES FOR EVERYONE OUR 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 Box Bring 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…

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[MAIL STRATEGY] HOLIDAY DISPATCH Make sure gifts arrive in time by streamlining shipping and knowing the mailing deadlines. ♦ GO ONLINE Avoid holiday lines at the post office by using Set up an account, then order Priority Mail Forever Prepaid Flat Rate boxes. Postage-paid boxes arrive in your mailbox so you can pack your presents (up to 70 pounds) and send them without leaving home. Boxes have your return address, free tracking, and Forever postage (no price increases). Available in four sizes; rates $7–$19. ♦ USPS HOLIDAY 2018 MAIL-BY DATES December 20: First-Class Mail, including cards; Priority Mail December 22: Priority Mail Express…

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young at heart

[GIFT STRATEGIES] THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX For hard-to-shopfor friends or people who don’t want more stuff, an experience is ideal. ♦ LIVE EVENTS If you want to give tickets to a music concert, Broadway show, or sports event but you’re not sure if the dates will work, you can use online ticket sites to give gift certificates. At personalize eGift Cards by uploading your photo and recording a voice message, which means you can treat someone to a Justin Timberlake concert along with your 20-second rendition of “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” ♦ AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL PASS This $80 annual pass covers the entrance fee for the holder and up to three adults in the same vehicle to all 60 national parks. ♦ COOKING CLASS The online Allrecipes Cooking School helps cooks hone skills in their own…

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[GIFT STRATEGY] REGIFT & UPGRADE Regifting is the new green giving. Upgrade those presents with these add-ons. BOOKS Bibliophiles agree: Passing along a book you’ve read is a must. Include a tin of book darts (No. 6, above) to mark a spot or a Flexilight reading light/bookmark ($9; CANDLES Our favorite go-to gift shines a little brighter when paired with a box of fancy matches (No. 5, page 24) or a wick trimmer (from $9; WINE No tolerance for tannins? It’s fine to regift a bottle of wine as a hostess gift. Wrap one in a patterned tea towel or pair with party napkins from H&M Home ($3–$5;…

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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.…