Happy Thanksgiving 2011!

by Bruno Bornsztein

I've made a bit of a custom of checking in on Thanksgiving morning and saying thank you to all our readers (see 2010, 2006!). November and December are our busiest months of the year, and we work really hard to make sure we do a great job keeping you informed about the best gifts, decor ideas, and DIY projects for the holidays. It's a lot of work, and Thanksgiving day is one of the few we 'take off'.

So, I just wanted to say thanks. To our...

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Roundup: 20+ Inexpensive DIY Gift Basket Ideas We Love

by DIY Maven

Hey! We have 20+ MORE gift basket ideas. Go check them out here!

Who likes getting gift baskets during the holidays? The better question is: who doesn't? But only if they're filled with stuff we love. The problem with giving gift baskets, of course, is the expense. Costs can rack up quickly when you fill a big, beautiful basket with a little of this and a little of that. When all is said and done, that stuffed basket might...

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Roundup: 12 Stylish Modern Holiday Greeting Cards

by Chris Gardner

created at: 11/18/2011

Sure, it's the era of electronic invites, and online parties, and hashtag events, but, there's simply no replacement for sending a holiday greeting - on paper, in the mail - to your friends and family to let them know you care, and if you'd like, what you've been up to this year.
To help find some of the coolest, most stylish holiday greeting cards of 2011, Curbly asked our friend and resident stationery expert...

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Make It: Candy Cane Wreath

by Craftmel

created at: 11/16/2011

I've never actually had a wreath on my door, for any season or occasion.  Ever.  I'll probably be voted out of the craft community for admitting such a thing, but it is true.  Still, I love looking at what other people come up with for their doors, like this candy cane-inspired wreath.  

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How to: Turn a Tacky Glitter Reindeer into an AWESOME Glitter Reindeer

by Chris Gardner

created at: 11/16/2011

I'll be honest. I'm not really into glitter. Maybe it's because I'm a guy, or perhaps because my taste lean towards the clean and contemporary. Mostly, it's cause, as my memories of summer camp and Sunday school taught me, it's messy to deal with. Open that bottle, and it's on you for life. It is, as  Demetri Martin remarks, "the herpes of craft supplies."

But this holiday season...I don't know...I'm kinda feeling it. Perhaps it's sparkles will match my beloved aluminum Christmas tree, or maybe cause the holidays always allow for going a little over the top, but they're feeling festive this year. 

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How to: Easy Hand-Drawn Gift Wrap!

by Capree K

created at: 11/16/2011

While brown paper packages tied up with string are classic and timeless, we love this modernized, hand-crafted approach!   

Kate Lilley of Mini-Eco created these stunning and simple gift wrap designs using silver pens and, well, her imagination!  The metallic ink and brown paper combo keeps things looking classy, while the faceted designs keep everything up-to-the-minute fresh.  Check out more over on Mini-Eco!

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How to: Prep Your Kitchen Pantry and Closets for the Holiday Season

by Chris Gardner
created at: 11/14/2011
This guest blog post was written by The Stow Company, which designs and manufactures intelligent home organization solutions for all areas of the home, ranging from full-service, dealer supplied solutions to do-it-yourself storage systems available online and in retail stores. Solutions include closet organizers, garage cabinets, and organization systems for home offices, kitchen pantries, laundry rooms, mudrooms and more. Join the conversation on Twitter and connect with The Stow Company on Facebook.

As the holidays quickly approach, people everywhere scramble to get their homes ready to entertain friends and host out-of-town guests. It is important to have the high traffic areas such as the living room, kitchen and bathroom clean and tidy, but make sure not to overlook two easily forgotten areas: the kitchen pantry and guest closet.

Make your visitors feel right at home with these tips for creating clean and organized spaces.

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How To: Make Easy Custom Gift Tags with Ribbon

by Craftmel

created at: 11/14/2011

The season of gift-giving is fast approaching, and if your family is anything like mine, we like to make sure all the out-of-towners get their Christmas gifts while they are visiting for Thanksgiving.  And since a drive/flight home usually results in crushed boxes and torn gift tags, I thought I'd make some that were a little more suitcase friendly while being easy enough for any gift-giving occasion.  

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Gift Guide: 16 Great Gourmet Gifts for Home Chefs and Food Lovers

by Bruno Bornsztein

2011 Curbly Kitchen and Foodies Gift Guide

Somehow I managed to score this gift guide assignment again this year (see my post from 2010), even though Chris is clearly the more qualified person to do it (I mean, c'mon, he makes stuff all the time, like donuts and romesco sauce).

Nevertheless, I am nothing if not a shameless amateur, and I like to think of myself as food-literate. So, fueled by this decidedly non-gourmet turkey sandwich I whipped up for lunch and a string of INXS...

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How To: Make Colorful Vintage Ornament Wreaths!

by Capree K
created at: 11/10/2011
 

There's one thing that every estate sale has: boxes and boxes of old Christmas decorations and ornaments.  I've even been to a house where every room was decorated, floor to ceiling (we're talking hoarder territory, people), for a different holiday... but that's another story for another day.  When you DO happen upon one of these stashes, though, you can usually snag the whole lot for a few bucks.  And then... then you make on of THESE!   

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Curbly Gift Guide: 29 Perfect Stocking Stuffers

by Alicia Lacy

Curbly's stocking stuffers gift guide 2011


Something about mid-November stirs my holiday spirit and revs up my gift-list-making muscles. Stocking stuffers are my favorite gifts to buy; there's something magical about tiny, great things. As a child, waking up on Christmas morning was exciting because our house rules allowed for going through our stockings' contents without parents (I now realize this was a total ploy to buy my dear old parents another snoozy 45 minutes).

Everything...

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How To: Make DIY Urchin Starburst Sculptures for Under $5.00!

by Al40yearoldintern

created at: 11/09/2011

Hi Curbly! I'm excited to be back again for the 3rd day in a row! OK so as the above photo suggests, Monday's successful wall art diy has made me even more obsessed with creating complimenting pieces in the starburst/urchin genre... and a recent visit to my local $.99 store made it easy for me to just go with it! I found the most amazingly shaped crystal picks (they have a very cool graduated triangular shape at the ends that adds so much more dimension than your usual bamboo skewer!). And you can't beat the fab price of ninety-nine cents for a pack of one hundred.  I think my little vignette (above) looks pretty awesome!

Here's what you need to create the same look:

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How to Turn Wire Baskets into a Fairy Light Globe

by DIY Maven

created at: 11/09/2011

Groddy wire hanging baskets. I had a rusted white one. I think my boo tossed it during a 'purge' earlier this year. Now I wish I had it. (Isn't that the way it always goes?) Of course, for this project I'd need two. Other than that, the supplies are minimal and include some small zip ties (got 'em), a can of silver spray paint (got it), a strand of fairy/Christmas lights (got those too) and some

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