Celebrating the Holidays Away from Family

When you first move away from family it becomes routine to pack up your bags and head home when the snow starts to fly for the hustle and bustle of the holidays. As time goes by and circumstances change, it may become too difficult to gather up the whole family for big trips every year.

Spending holidays away from family is challenging, but using the opportunity to make new traditions is a fun way to celebrate. Today we’ve put together a list of how you can manage your homesickness by creating a holiday family celebration of your own, no matter how far away your tree is from where your heart calls home. 

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Preparing Your Home for The Holidays #DMHoliday16

 

Christmas and New Year’s are going to be here before you know it. If you are preparing to entertain guests (or if you are just looking for a good excuse to decorate and get your house in tip top shape) you are in the right place. Today we are showcasing THE ULTIMATE SELECTION of products to make sure you make it through the holiday season with ease. Whether you are in need of a technology or appliance overhaul or need the perfect place to find holiday decorations, you will find it all right here!

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Ultimate Gift Guide for Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

Holiday shopping can be both joyous and a bit stressful at times. This is especially true when you are in search of the perfect or elusive ultimate gift for the special someone in your life. Ultimate gifts are the gifts that aren’t always expected but they are welcomed with open arms. The “Ultimate” gift means something different to every recipient. For some it may be something tech related while for others it could be that missing piece of furniture in their sitting room. Whatever your special someone is interested in, we have compiled a vast selection of amazing gifts that absolutely cannot be beat. 

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Natural & Organic Gifts For Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

If you have loved ones on your holiday gift list this year who live an eco-friendly life, you might find it overwhelming trying to find natural and/or organic gifts that will fit into their lifestyle. From candles to children’s sleepwear to wine, we’ve rounded up some of our absolute favorite gift ideas for everyone on your list – hand selected for their dedication to being made with natural and organic materials and ingredients – so you can give them confidently; and you loved ones will appreciate the thought and consideration behind them. 

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Stocking Stuffers for Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

Stockings are a fun family holiday tradition. Not only do stockings look beautiful on your mantle, but they are the perfect thing to deliver fun little gifts in that will be loved and are useful all year round. You can do better than just shopping in a drug store for cheapo plastic stuff and bad candy. Make your stocking stuffers be just as wonderful as your other Christmas gifts with our best stocking stuffers for Holiday 2016.

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Why Pets Make Bad Gifts

We’ve all seen the adorable videos of children opening up packages filled with puppies, kittens, or other cute and cuddly animals during the holiday season. What seems like a good idea on Christmas morning becomes an animal you have to train, clean up after, and take care of.

Animal shelters regularly experience increases in abandoned pets during the weeks following the holidays. Reasons for leaving a pet are abundant, sometimes after discovering a member of the family is allergic to a new puppy, or learning that the animal does not work in the family schedule and dynamic.

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Holiday Attire for Kids #DMHoliday16

Holidays are a time for dressing up and snuggling up. Twirly dresses and bowties, shiny new shoes and winter boots, footie pjs decorated with Santa and his reindeer – there are so many special ways to stay festive with your child’s style and attire during this holiday season. We here at Daily Mom have found some of the best outfits, shoes, and pajamas for this holiday season so your kids are the stars of the holiday shows. So curl up with some hot chocolate and check out some of the cutest and most festive brands and styles for this holiday season.

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Gifts for the Home Chef Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

Cooking is a huge part of the holiday season, and having the right gear and gadgets is key to making sure you have a successful meal. Between roasting turkeys, baking pies and holiday cookies, and getting little tummies fed in between, sometimes it can feel like we spend all day in the kitchen. Our gifts for the home chef cover the bases for every person who loves to cook – whether it be large dinner parties, like for the holidays, or for everyday cooking and baking. We are sure you will be able to find something perfect for the chef in your life, so check out some of our favorites below. 

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Gifts for Grade Schoolers Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

You can’t believe that they aren’t your babies anymore! Gone are the days that you ran to a store and grabbed a few small toys and picture books for your little one. Your kids have very specific wants in terms of gifts now! You want to get them creative toys, games, and items that will stay staples in the house for more than a few days. Well, look no further than Daily Mom for some great ideas for gifts for your young grade schooler. Whether you are looking for something for imaginary play, games, or something for your very active child, you will find something here for your little guy or gal.

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Unique Gifts for Holiday 2016 #DmHoliday16

Half the fun of shopping for the holidays is selecting gifts for everyone on your list that they will love and enjoy throughout the year. You may want to find a gift that embodies their personality, hobbies, or passions. When you do, unique gifts are often the ticket for the most excitement during the holiday season. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite unique gift ideas to help make finding the perfect gift easy.

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Gifts for Women Holiday 2016 #DmHoliday16

 

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Women are amazing. They run the world and we all know it, so why not give them a gift this holiday season that is meaningful to her? All women are unique, but there are gifts out there for each one of them and Daily Mom is here to help your find the perfect one for her. Whether you are looking for your partner, your mother, or your grandmother you will be sure to find something for that special mama in your life with our gift guide. 

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Gifts for Men Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

 

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We all have different men in our life that we love and adore. He’s the backbone of the family. Whether you are shopping for your dad, your husband, a brother, or friend, he deserves a special holiday, full of thoughtful and unique gifts under the tree chosen just for him. Don’t even think about getting him another tired old tie; browse this list for our favorite 2016 gifts for men!

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The Dos and Don’ts of Sending Holiday Cards

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and that means families everywhere are rushing to get everyone dressed in coordinating outfits, find the perfect backdrop, and set the scene for the perfect holiday cards. But every family knows that pictures rarely go as planned, and oftentimes there are a few tears involved. Despite it often feeling like an arduous task, we still gather the troops to send a smiling card to friends and family every year. 

So why do we put ourselves through the torture during an already hectic season? Below are some of the reasons you should send holiday cards, along with some dos and don’ts, and a few companies who strive to make your holiday card ordeal run a little bit smoother. 

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