You’ve just finished up your holiday parties with family and friends and have the rest of the week booked off work. Not sure what to do with all your extra time? Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions with this list of holiday DO’s!
The weather outside is frightful! It’s time to cozy up and watch some festive classics. Whether you’re snuggling up with your love, your friends and family, or you’re watching solo, these movies are guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart. Enjoy!
A feel-good tale of two single women swapping their Los Angeles and London homes during the holidays in the hopes of avoiding romance over the festive season. What will they do when love does indeed cross their path…? The Holiday is delightfully romantic and in parts deliciously cheesy, and will have you laughing and crying simultaneously. I may or may not have watched this lovely movie tonight, sobbed like a baby and enjoyed it immensely.
Watch if: Unexpected intercontinental romances are your jam
Best for: Feeling festively romantic
This festive staple follows a group of eight couples as they traverse their love lives during the festive season, as their stories unknowingly intertwine. It’s funny, sweet, romantic and brilliantly written. A personal favourite and a must-watch!
Watch if: You like your Christmas movies with a British flavour
Best for: Feeling festively romantic… in London.
A Christmas movie list simply isn’t complete without this holiday season staple! Watch as a young Kevin McCallister fends for himself when, in a rush to make their flight to Paris, his family forgets about their son and leaves him behind. After burglars target his family’s home in a quiet suburban street, the quick-thinking 8-year-old sets a series of wince-worthy booby-traps to ensnare the would-be bandits. Hilarity ensues!
Watch if: It’s been almost 365 days since you last watched Home Alone, and frankly that’s too long
Best for: Feeling nostalgic about Christmases past
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is…” (come on, you know it!) “singing loud for all to hear!” Adult-sized, child-like elf Buddy – played brilliantly by Will Ferrell – returns to New York City in search of his father, who he hears has made Santa’s naughty list. Buddy’s innocent behavior in a city of non-believers is as heartwarming as it is hilarious, and culminates with Santa’s sleigh crashing in Central Park. The sleigh can’t power up without Christmas cheer. And if that scene doesn’t make you a little glassy-eyed, you may be more Grinch than Elf!
Watch if: You need to be reminded of all that’s good in the season
Best for: Feeling full of festive cheer
Die Hard (no, really)
This one’s a little controversial in terms of holidays movies, but Die Hard movies one and two are both set on Christmas Eve! If you want to see Bruce Willis aka reluctant hero John McClane chasing a group of bad guys around L.A. and Washington D.C. to a background of tinsel and Christmas trees, this is the movie for you. After all, nothing gets the heart racing like an action movie. Yippee-ki-yay..!
Watch if: You need some retro action hero Bruce Willis in your holidays (who doesn’t?)
Best for: Giving you a different kind of holiday movie
Do you have more Christmas movie recommendations? Tweet me @cheryljmuir!
So we’ve uncovered the top gift ideas for your Boo with the Ultimate Gift Guide For Bae, but some of you are still left with one last to-do – STOCKING STUFFERS! Don’t worry, you’re in luck, because stocking stuffers are my forte.
All these items are fairly inexpensive but still thoughtful – You will be amazed with what you can get for $15 and under:
Manitea Infuser – Not only is this little guy the cutest tea infuser ever made, it’s silicone material makes for an easy clean!
Silly Socks – Themed socks for the bacon lover, mustache grower, beer drinker and much more.
7 Year Pen – For the busy worker bee who isn’t taking too much time off this holiday. Now they can write an average of 5.5 feet per day – score!
ColourPop Cosmetics – Your one stop shop for wallet friendly lipsticks. Not sure what colour to get guys? Take a peak in your gf’s makeup bag!
Cute Pocket Mirror – The perfect accessory for every woman on the go.
New Year, New Notebook – Everyone wants a fresh start to the New Year and it starts with a recycled paper, screen print notebook, does it not?
Apothecary Travel Set – Travel in style with these elegantly designed bottles, jars, and labels.
Slipper Socks – Not quite slippers and not quite socks, but what are they!? Slipper Socks! This hybrid will make for the coziest of Xmas mornings.
Muddler and Mixing Spoon – Mojitos coming right up!
Custom Apron – Bon Appetit
Starbucks Gift Card – We all need to stay warm this winter with a cup of joe.
Scratch and Wins – You never know, it could be your lucky day.
Netflix Membership – Now you can finally chill.
Bath Bomb – Sizzle in the bath with your sweetheart on Xmas Eve.
Personalized Nutella – Not just any jar of Nutella, for your partner’s sweet tooth, but one with their name on it. Awe, now that’s love.
Massage Candle – Yes that’s right – the warm wax blend is just a few degrees above body temperature so you can pour it on the skin immediately and enjoy.
Beard Oil – The grooming essential for all mustached men.
Vintage Candies – Fun Dip, Baby Bottle Pops, Tart n Tinys, Push Pop, you name it; there’s nothing like taking a trip down memory lane.
Novelty Ice Tray – Whether you’re a cat lover or whiskey connoisseur there is a novelty ice tray made just for you.
Simple Jewelry – Jewelry doesn’t always have to break the bank.
“What I Love About You” Book – You buy the book and fill in the blanks with all the things you love about your Boo. Adorable!