Holidays

Last-Minute Valentines Gifts

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It’s a week before Valentine’s Day. You’re stressed, fifty tabs open all of the different shops and each cart has a miscellaneous of items that you probably won’t buy. 

Take a deep breath. It’s not too late to get that special someone something so close all those windows and follow this last-minute Valentines gifts guide.  

For the Cozy:

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For those who love staying comfortable, a hoodie is a perfect gift for both partners. Personalize the hoodie by embroidering your initials on the sleeve so that they think of you with each wear.  

Price: Amazon $15,  Nike $50,

 

For the Fashionable:

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Matching jewelry has recently been the trend for couples, physically memorializing the consolidation of two people in a relationship. There’s no better reason to support online local businesses through platforms like Etsy to get personal with your choice of decor. 

Price: ranges

 

For the Musical:

It’s never bad to go old school. Create a Spotify playlist of songs that remind play a significance or remind you of your relationships and burn it on a CD. Decorate it with your personal touch to add personality and meaning. If time provides, go the extra mile and decorate flashcards for each song explaining their significance. 

Price: able-to-be-found-around-the-house

 

For the Floral:

 

Flowers might seem like the cliché choice but there’s good reason. For those not quite fond of the materialistic nature of holidays, floral arrangements can act as a prolonging alternative. Visit a local florist to personalize your selection and take great care in what flowers to pick her using flower almanacs.

Price: varies

 

For the Sweet

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Channel your creativity in designing a more homemade gift. Purchase some of their favorite candies and assemble them in a craft box to make a sweet present for someone who is too. 

Price: dollar store

 

For the Friends:

Friends are equally deserving of Valentine’s presents as a partner is, perhaps even more so. Treat your friends to a day together, full of laughs, loves, and sweets! Celebrate by baking a cake and enjoying it on a social distanced picnic amongst other snacks and delectables. A day to yourselves to replace that of an unnecessary beau. 

 

Gifts, of course, are not the end all be all in enjoying a nice day with friends or family. Even if you can’t find your hands on one of these gifts, make the day special with your simple being because that’s far more than enough. 

 

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Top Jewelry Gifts for Women This Valentine’s Day

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Love is in the air this year. Starting off 2021 with love and appreciation for one another has been the glue that is holding us together during times like these. The pandemic and election has taken a toll on all of us, but nothing brings a bigger smile to one’s face than the gift of love. 

While the Tiffany blue box is a signature (and safe) Valentine’s Day gift, there are so many styles, selections, and stores to choose from. If you’re not ready to pop the question, a romantic gesture in $260 or less will always suffice. That’s right, no ring or excessive spending necessary.

If you want to find a gift that is simple, but still gets the job done one of the five Valentine’s Day items below might just be the perfect match for you. Shopping online this year for gifts may be temporary, but showing love to some of our favorite brands will never go out of style. 

We’re here to help! From earrings to bracelets, we at Cliche have you covered. Read on to check out the top jewelry gifts for women this Valentine’s Day. 

Tiffany Beaded Bracelet, $175

Nothing says I love you like the gift of a Tiffany Blue box. The bright red heart is just the perfect touch to top off your romantic holiday. You’ll remember it forever with this stackable beaded bracelet. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alison Lou Heart with Arrow Stud, $255

Emojis are brought to life with the help of Alison Lou. Instead of sending it through iMessage, try sending it in the form of 14K gold and custom pink and light blue enamel. That’ll surely top last years long-distance letter. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nordgreen Rose Gold Infinity Watch, $209

There’s no better time to flaunt off a new watch, especially when it’s on theme with the holiday. For watches under $300, this rose gold Nordgreen watch is a timeless, staple piece that you need not only for Valentine’s Day. Grab it wile you can, it won’t last long! 

If you’re in the market for the best men watches under $300, check out Nordgreen’s newest male selection. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex and Ani ‘You’re My Lobster’ Duo Charm Bangle, $44

In the love language of Ross and Rachel, saying “you’re my lobster” is just as meaningful as those three little words that we so long for on this one day of year. If you’re looking for a quirky, inside joke type of gift that doesn’t break the bank, we hope this FRIENDS referenced bangle will do the trick! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Spade Loves Me Knot Mini Pendant, $58

Simple, small, and gold— a Valentine’s Day gift success story if I’ve ever heard one! This Kate Spade bestseller is surely one to add to your basket if you’re in a pickle and need a quick (yet meaningful) Valentine’s Day present. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate Your Everlasting Love This Valentine’s Day with East Olivia’s Valentine’s Day Collection

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Normally, when we think of the ideal Valentine’s Day gift, we think of classic roses. However, live flowers don’t have much of a shelf life. East Olivia has remedied this situation by offering a beautiful selection of preserved roses, each with their own beautiful vase, in their 2020 Valentine’s Collection. We had the chance to catch up with East Olivia founder Kelsea Olivia about her stunning new collection, as well as how the pandemic prompted her to reinvent her business. Check out the Valentine’s Collection HERE!

Cliché: What is it about flowers that speaks to you as an artistic medium?

I believe beauty is a human right, not a luxury, and nature is evidence of that. That belief and that truth is what made me fall in love with flowers. When I began working more with flowers, which started when I worked at Anthropologie and BHLDN in NYC and taking many visits to the NYC flower market, I got exposed to hundreds of varieties of flowers I had never experienced before. That experience helped me realize the connection between the human spirit and our exposure to beauty and how important that relationship is. Even though flowers aren’t the only way to experience beauty, they are the medium that inspires and excites me most. 

Tell us about your company, East Olivia

We are a female founded, women-led creative agency based in NYC who (pre-covid-19) specialized in large scale floral installations. Post-COVID-19, we have shifted gears to launch our direct to consumer online forever floral shop and our fresh-flower therapy boxes in an effort to still bring beauty and blooms to the world while we’re all stuck at home.  

We want to hear all about your new Valentine’s Day collection!

The new Valentine’s Collection is so exciting because we are introducing a brand new ingredient which we have never used before, where our persevered roses are scented! Most other companies that sell preserved roses keep them in boxes – we believe the beauty shouldn’t be kept in a box and these roses should be displayed in an arrangement instead. The roses are 100% bio-degradable and last a year if taken properly and the scent lasts up to a month.

Why did you want to create preserved roses?

Preserved roses have been a trend for a long time, but they are always contained in a box. I have been working with preserved roses for a long time and believe that beauty doesn’t belong in a box. Being a floral designer, I like to take our ingredients and be expressive with them, rather than keep them contained. 

What message did you want to send with your Valentine’s Day collection?

The collection represents everlasting love – how beautiful is it to be able to express your love to somebody with flowers, but with flowers that will last more than a week?! There’s nothing wrong with fresh flowers, however it’s a great medium to be able to express love and admiration for somebody with flowers that last longer. 

What are some Valentine’s Day gifts that you would recommend?   

I would recommend any and all of the gifts in our Valentine’s Collection at shopeastoliva.com. We’ve curated a beautiful collection of not only forever florals with scented roses, but a variety of fun, and on-trend candles and cards to complement our forever florals. 

As a creative agency, what was your process in terms of cultivating a unique floral experience for every event?

Our floral installations have always been bespoke and have always been the result of the narrative of our clients. We partner with our clients to create a unique floral expression of their overall vision. It is always about connecting with the client and being clear about the narrative and purpose of the event and what they want their guest to feel like. It always starts with a story. It’s so fun to bring clients purpose and vision to life with our florals

How has the pandemic impacted your business?

It completely destroyed our events business overnight, cost us millions of dollars in 2020, and wiped out my ability to maintain my staff. It was through launching the forever floral shop and fresh flower therapy boxes that made it possible for us to hang on this long. That being said, the road ahead is still very tough and it’s quite challenging financially for us and millions of other small businesses that relied on events. We hope and pray each day that that part of our business will come back very soon! 

What lessons have you learned thus far by switching to e-commerce?

I’ve learned that customer #1 is our staff and team, meaning that our customers from our e-commerce can’t have a great experience if our team and staff aren’t taken care of. This is extremely challenging amidst a global pandemic when resources are extremely scarce. Also, the creative process is just as fun as events. Myself and my team have a blast creating each collection – coming up with the names for the arrangements and shooting the products. It’s just as fulfilling as the creative work of events – but nothing can replace the in-person connection that we had during events and that part we still greatly miss. Lastly, the finances are far more complicated. Bootstrapping a direct-to-consumer business is very challenging – if you want to scale your business, you have to spend more money in order to make more money. 

Do you have any advice for businesses that are struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic and (different degrees of restrictions) but are nervous to make the switch to e-commerce?

My advice would be to begin inward within your own industry. We turned inward towards our industry first for support and also to see how we could support one another. That’s how the flower therapy box came to be. Shifting to an e-commerce platform is something I had been wanting to do for many, many years. I think staying true and authentic to your own brand and offerings is most important and don’t necessarily think that shifting to an e-commerce platform is the right answer for everybody.  

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Celebrate Your Everlasting Love This Valentine’s Day with East Olivia’s Valentine’s Day Collection. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kelsea Olivia.

Black-Owned Businesses To Support This Christmas

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With the holiday season just around the corner, checking your gift list is of the most importance. You can take care of that list with some of these black-owned businesses:

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1. Telfar– Founded by black fashion designer Telfar Clemens, this brand has quickly risen in popularity over the last couple of months. Selling out within minutes of restocking, due to its limited supply and accessibility. Their most popular item which is their bags have even been on Oprah’s favorite things list. 

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2. TheNuBamboo– This brand which was created by Jusme Kamil makes handmade bamboo earrings. These handmade bamboo earrings add a bit of style to any outfit and come in various colors, sizes, and styles. They have been seen on Kehlani in her “Open(Passionate)” music video and Jackie Aina was seen sporting them on her Instagram.


3. Loudbrand Studios– Loudbrand was founded by British fashion designer Jedidiah Duyile. It is currently being run by a team of three black women with the aim of creating fashionable and sustainable clothing. Loudbrand rose to popularity after Kylie Jenner posted a picture of herself in one of their dresses.

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4. MatteBrand– This black-owned business was founded by 24-year-old self-taught fashion designer and artist Brianna Wilson. Matte is a high fashion but simple clothing line that is often modeled by Wilson herself. This brand’s target audience is black women, and this can be seen in the neutral tones that are used throughout the Wilsons’ clothing line.

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5. The Honey Pot Co.– The Honey Pot Co. is run entirely by women and was founded by Beatrice Feliu-Espada. This plant-based feminine care brand provides a healthy alternative to most feminine care products. The wide range of products are gynecologist approved and are completely natural. 

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6. Fenty Beauty– This beauty brand was founded by Rihanna in 2017. Fenty Beauty is most widely known for its wide and inclusive shade range. The brand includes everything from foundation to perfume and the price range of the products is accessible.

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Awesome Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Deals

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Today we want to provide some great places (and coupons) for last minute holiday shopping deals with expedited shipping.  We are only a few weeks away from Christmas so now is the time to act fast for those who love last minute holiday shopping.  Whether you accidentally forgot someone on your list or want to take advantage of some really awesome promotions and deals, we’ve got you covered.  Even more importantly we’ve tried to find the best places to shop online that offer some form of free or expedited shipping so that you receive your gifts in tact and on time.  Here are the top 5 websites you should visit for your last minute holiday shopping.

OLD NAVY

last minute holiday shopping deals

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First on our list is Old Navy.  They always seem to have amazing deals and this holiday season is no different.  When we say they have mega deals, we mean it.  Use this Old Navy coupon and get 20% off of everything.  They have several coupons you can use including $30 off Your Order $75+ When You Use Your Gap Credit Card and Take advantage of their ‘Up to 60% off Storewide Sale’ and their ‘20% OFF In-Store & Online’ offer.  These are some amazing promotions but we aren’t finished yet.  Take advantage of their daily online exclusive deals for winter clothes, pajamas, jackets and more.

BEST BUY

Next on our list is Best Buy.  One of America’s best stores to shop for Christmas gifts.  From the latest smart phones and laptops to the latest HDTV’s and appliances.  A never ending supply of digital toys for the entire family.  We can start with this amazing Best Buy promo code which will give you access to incredible deals and savings.  How about…

*Save up to $150 on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+, plus receive $50 Best Buy Gift Card
*Save up to $300 on select Lenovo laptops + Earn 2% Cash Back
*Buy 2 select next-gen games, get a 3rd free
*Special deals of the day

You can always count on Best Buy to not only have the latest and greatest in tech but also in great deals and promotions.  Hurry now so that you can get your holiday gifts just in time for Christmas.

BED BATH & BEYOND

We always love visiting Bed Bath & Beyond.  Not only do we love their product selection but even when your holiday shopping for someone else you’ll always be tempted to purchase something for yourself.  Today you are in luck because we found a great Bed Bath and Beyond coupon your going to love.  The first promotion that caught our surprise was getting 20% off Your Entire Buy Online Pickup in Store Order.  Not only but you can Earn 3% cash back as well.  You can also shop online then get it at your local store inside or curbside in 2 hours or less

Have you ever heard of Google Home? Google Home is the first smart home speaker from Google.  It’s something that you use in conjunction with Google Assistant as it functions similar to how Amazon Echo works with Amazon Alexa. The speaker itself is a little sexy similar to a sitting air freshener or decorative candle.  So what can Google Home do?  Simply put it can carry out simple commands such as turning on your lights, playing specific songs, provide a weather forecast, or set an alarm.

Right now at Bed Bath & Beyond you can get Google Home for only $29 (Normally $99).  PLUS, you can still get 3% cash back as well.  Be sure to visit them right away to take advantage of their gift of the week deal and holiday daily deals.

SEPHORA

We absolutely love shopping at Sephora as many of your probably do to.  In addition to their already great prices, the love to give away free products.  What’s not to love about getting something free when you make a purchase.  Let’s take a sneak peak at some of their top ‘free’ gifts you can get when using this Sephora coupon:  

  1. Choose 1 Cyber Sample Bag with any $75 Order (*MOST POPULAR COUPON*)
  2. Receive a NARS Climax Extreme Mascara Trial Size with any $25 Merchandise Order
  3. Receive An Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Trial Size with any $25 Order.
  4. Receive a Tatcha Silk Peony Eye Cream Trial Size with any $35 Merchandise Order.
  5. Receive a Laura Mercier Rouge Essential Lip Trial Size with Any $25 Merchandise Order.
  6. Receive a Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Skincare Sample Set with any $35 Order

Remember when ordering that some exclusions will apply and that some offers require that you make your purchases online.

MACY’S

We saved our best for last and that’s Macy’s.  We love Macy’s because of the vast array of products.  Whether it’s clothes, jewelry, bed and bath or items for the kitchen, they have it all.  With this Macys coupon you can get 60-70% off diamond jewelry along with FREE SHIPPING on orders of $25 or more.  Another thing that we really love about shopping at Macy’s is that you can filter by offers.  You can select from:

  • Limited-Time Special
  • Deal of the Day
  • Gift with Purchase
  • Special Offer
  • Clearance/Closeout
  • Last Act
  • Sales & Discounts

With this many options to chose from, you are certain to find special holiday deals for all of your friends and family.  We hope you enjoyed our list of last minute holiday shopping deals

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The 7 Best Flower Combinations for Christmas

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Today we want to share with you the 7 best flower combinations for Christmas.  If you’re like many of the moms searching for ways to keep your kids entertained as the pandemic rages on, you’ve likely taken to frequent outdoor walks.  Perhaps you’ve found that all that time in nature has been uplifting for your little ones (and yourself). That’s no surprise; science has proven time and time again that being outdoors, and more specifically, around plants and flowers, makes you feel better

So with Christmas fast approaching, maybe you’re reconsidering your holiday design this year. Colorful stockings, red and green string lights and Elf on the Shelf might still be your holiday fixtures, but what about incorporating some Christmas floral combinations, too? It might be exactly what everyone needs to muster some celebratory energy after such a hard year. We get the best flowers from Bouqs delivery service for decorating our homes, and these are some of our favorite combinations.

1. Red Roses and Hypericum Berries 

best flower combinations for ChristmasWe like red roses for a floral arrangement because they do double duty: they’re richly-colored and sophisticated enough for the adults to appreciate, and simultaneously cheery and Rudolph’s-nose enough for the kids to get on board with too. We like adding hypericum berries (also known as St. John’s wort) to most of our Christmas arrangements because it reminds us of a vase-friendly version of mistletoe. 

2. White Roses and Hypericum Berries

If your family is more into the color of snow than Santa’s favorite reindeer, then switch out the red roses for white and be prepared for “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” to play in your head on repeat. 

3. Red Tulips and Evergreen Leaves

There’s something about tulips that is so quintessentially sweet. Any floral combination that involves these blooms is bound to make you smile. And though you may think of them as a springtime floral, red ones paired with evergreen leaves make a surprisingly festive combination. 

4. Pine cones and Greenery

best flower combinations for Christmas

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Okay, this one might not be “floral,” but it is fun. A few pine cones combined with greenery (think cedar and myrtle) look surprisingly stunning together. 

5. Red Anthurium and Greenery 

If you live somewhere tropical, or wish you did, get your hands on a combination of red anthurium (sometimes called the flamingo flower) and greenery. You’ll be singing Mele Kalikimaka before you know it. 

6. Sunflowers and Hypericum Berries

Nothing about this year has been traditional, so why should your Christmas bouquet be? Take some vibrant sunflowers and pair them with hypericum berries for a cheery, laid-back holiday look the kids will love. 

7. Wreath with Pine cones

If florals aren’t your thing or you have an accident-prone kid at home, a tall vase of buds may not be your first choice. A wreath is a great, harder to knock down alternative and looks extra cute with pine cones tucked in. 

After such a rough year, make holiday decorating simple for yourself this year. A few artfully-placed Christmas floral combinations can have a surprising impact. And all the time you save on decorating is perfect for lounging with a glass of wine and those cookies left out for Santa. 

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Cliche Mag’s Holiday Gift Guide

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And just like that, we’re wrapping up the year 2020. As we say goodbye to the fallen autumn leaves and pumpkin spice lattes, and hello to gingerbread cookies and Christmas trees, we’re now entering December knowing that the holiday season might be looking a little different this year.

Gathering in smaller groups may not be the ideal way to spend the holiday season, but there are ways to make up for not being all together eating a meal over the dining room table. While we may take the gift-giving season for granted, this year’s gifts should be especially meaningful in order to spread the love while social distancing. 

These last few months have been anything but the ordinary, but one of the upsides to having a Corona-Christmas is that you don’t have to immerse yourself in the holiday chaos! No more shopping in crowded malls for the same old department store deals. This year, we will be shopping in our pj’s from the comfort of our own home. 

We’re spreading lots of joy this year, especially online. If you haven’t thought much about what gifts you need to stock up on, no need to worry— Cliche has got you covered. Read on to check out what the Cliche team is buying this holiday season. 

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel Wood, I am Cliche’s Beauty and Lifestyle Writer.

“Not to tip my own hat or anything, but over quarantine I would say I became a pretty savvy baker. All thanks to the love and nurturing of a sourdough starter, I was up at the crack of dawn every morning making homemade bread loafs, different flavored bagels and crisp baguettes with my baguette baker. This holiday season, I am determined to learn how to cook (of course, with the proper chic materials).”

The Always Pan from Our Place is all the rave this holiday season. This non stick pan acts as more than just a pretty piece of kitchenware. For just $95, you’re getting the ultimate all-in-one pan that will replace your fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, and sauce pan! 


  Per usual, I’ll be decorating the dinner table this season. Setting the ambiance is important, ok? Elevate your holiday decor by freshening up your wine cabinet with these Crate and Barrel glasses. 

I may want to learn how to cook, but hey— I’m still a beauty lover! To add onto the list of reasons why Biossance is one of my favorite skincare brands, they offer a variety of samples for customers to test out. This season I’ll be trying the resurfacing night serum, but I can safely recommend that their rosehip oil is a life saver!

Hi, my name is Pooja Subramanian, I am Cliche’s Music and Entertainment Writer.

“Since this holiday season will be a bit different, I’m really looking forward to a nice relaxing holiday season. I’m hoping to see some fun and beautiful holiday decorations on the houses near me because it’s one of my favorite parts of the season! Also, I’m looking forward to eating good food and watching some classic holiday movies with my family. I hope all of our readers have a safe, healthy and happy holiday season!”

This holiday season, I think it would be hysterical to order this custom dog portrait off Etsy. Pets are family, too!

I will be taking all precautions necessary to relax this holiday season. Perhaps with this Amazon paint by numbers kit! 

Weighted blankets are really great, not only do they help maintain anxiety, they also help you get a much deeper sleep. I’ll be Amazon priming this one! 

My name is Madhura and I am interning as an entertainment writer at Cliche.

“This holiday season, I look forward to enjoying some downtime with both my family and myself. I’m looking forward to cozying up on the couch to watch a good family movie. I am most definitely looking forward to continuing to read and write, mostly for myself. We are a family of foodies, so above all, I am excited to try out new recipes and fill up on indulgent meals.”

The Origins Skincare Bestsellers Set is the best of both worlds. It’s on the affordable side, yet totally luxurious. This one’s for the all the skincare lovers in your life.

David’s Chocolate Earl Grey Tea is for all the tea lovers of course. But it’s also for anyone that wants to cozy up with something fragrant and warm on cold holiday mornings or nights… or really any time of the day. Anytime is indeed tea time!

There’s nothing better than a good old book to settle down with during the holidays. December is always family time, but there’s no harm in sparing a moment for yourself with a satisfying, Christmas-themed book! I highly recommend Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot’s Christmas.


My name is Livia Caligor, I am Cliche’s Art & Culture Writer.  

“Born and raised in New York, I remember my mom and I would spend the holiday season visiting the beautiful window installations at 5th Avenue department stores, roaming the Columbus Circle holiday market, and building snowmen in Central Park. I’ve realized that what I cherish about these memories are not just the intricate lights and seasonal treats, but the festive family time it fosters. Things will likely be different this year amidst the pandemic, but I look forward to recreating these experiences within my bubble at home. As a college student, especially amidst the pandemic, time at home is rare, so I am excited to devote the holiday season to going home and spending time with my family.”

I am excited to give this Gingerbread House set, which is allergen-friendly, to my family, and spend the holidays building one together.

I would love to gift my friend a vibrant block-print holiday scarf.

I am loving these Dauphinette quirky, one-of-a-kind fruit earrings.

My name is Erin Watson and I am a lifestyle writer at Cliche.  

 “I’m looking forward to watching Hallmark Christmas movies with my family and eating a ton of badly decorated sugar cookies!” 

Cozy up with this Amazon essential. I couldn’t live without mine! 

 There’s something about a personalized charcuterie board that just sits right with me. I know my mom would love it! Thanks for the idea, Etsy.

A perfect gift for a friend or sibling would be a ring with their birth flower on it. Such a cute idea I saw on Etsy that isn’t your zodiac sign! 

My name is Julie Ham and I’m currently a writing intern.

“Admittedly, this holiday season I’m most looking forward to shopping for holiday gifts. I’ve always loved the process of gift-giving: the thinking of the perfect gift based on someone’s characteristics and person, it’s a psychological puzzle that I love solving. And this year, I have more time than ever to find the perfect gift for my friends and families.”

This Morphe palette will allow me to test out my makeup skills! I’m looking forward to seeing some bold colors. 

There’s nothing better than sitting by the fire with a good book in hand! I recommend this one from Barns and Noble.

I love Baggu! I never go anywhere without my reusable bags. They’re light and chic, what more can you want? 

My name is Quavondo Nguyen, I am Cliches Editor-in-Chief

“To be honest, I’m looking forward to the vaccine. Although I doubt that it will arrive by the holiday season. 2020 has been a year to forget, but luckily I sense an upswing starting with the election. Our country was teetering on a societal collapse.”

To pass time in isolation, I found that these Buffalo puzzle pieces fit well together. Some jigsaw puzzles aren’t cut as well so it leaves you second guessing where the piece goes.

With quarantine, I’ve been working on the house more and find it frustrating when you don’t have the right tools for the job. You can basically fix anything with this Zoopy product in hand!

 

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Top 10 stress relieving gifts to order this holiday season

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It goes without saying that the holiday season brings out the best (or worst) in all of us. In a season filled with lots of joy, the holiday festivities are all fun and games until you have to start all the cleaning, wrapping, and preparing your guest bedroom for the in-laws. It doesn’t take much time before the sudden realization that Halloween is over and you’re already behind on your holiday shopping. Soon, your short list of things to do becomes the never ending gift that keeps on going.

While this year’s holiday season may look a little different, the upside to having a Corona-Christmas is that all your seasonal sales are online. What a relief! Say goodbye to standing in long lines at midnight and hello to the future of online sales! This year you can wake up and spread the joy of relaxation by shopping for gifts online all month long.

And since the best deals are starting early this year, read on to check out these 10 stress relieving gifts to treat either yourself or someone else. 

 

Silk Sleep mask  $50

Get 15% off this mulberry silk sleep mask that will ensure a restful beauty sleep that will help you prepare for the holiday chaos. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saje Essential Oils $28

The best part about this stress release roller? You can fit it in your purse. Take it to-go this holiday season and get 10% off your first purchase at Saje. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wooden Goods Moon Diffuser $40

This moon inspired diffuser sets the perfect calming ambiance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Outfitters Girl, You Need To Calm The F Down Candle $29 

Need I say more? Sometimes, you just need to calm the F down. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luna Weighted Blanket $70 

Weighted blankets have shown to reduce anxiety by helping achieve a more relaxed state of mind through the comfort of weight. Read more about it here on Healthline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milk & Honey Aromatherapy Bath bombs $5 

Say hello to the perfect stocking stuffer! Plus, get 10% off your first purchase. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks Tik Tok for introducing me to the perfect fall beverage.

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Don’t show up empty handed to this weekend’s cocktail hour. As Halloween is creeping up quickly, trying to find the perfect fall beverage that everyone will love can seem impossible. It wasn’t until one crisp, fall evening where a Tik Tok notification appeared out of nowhere and it turned out to be my saving grace. No longer am I worried about what to bring to the next holiday party this season because the ingredients to this easy to follow, step-by-step Tik Tok cocktail are already in my pantry. Introducing, the ultimate fall old fashioned. 

 This fall beverage satisfies that evening sweet tooth without having to indulge in all the candy. It’s combination of mulling spices and apple cider gently cuts out the bitter aftertaste that some of us newly-whiskey drinkers don’t long for. Although some don’t like to admit it, I’m not ashamed to say I prefer a sweet and decorated cocktail. That’s why this Halloween is the perfect excuse to step up your autumn cocktail game and get creative because this is too easy to pass up. 

No bartender training necessary. Yep— that’s right! Even a cocktail rookie could perfect this recipe in just one take. All you have to do is follow the five steps below and watch @spiritedla’s Tik Tok for some fall-themed inspiration.

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Happy bourbon season.🍁🥃 #fyp #bourbon #makeadrink #oldfashioned #daydrinking #fall #howto

♬ Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree – Glenn Miller

 

Here’s what you need: 

1 Cup of Apple Cider

1 Cup of Brown Sugar 

1/4 Cup of Mulling Spices

2 1/2 oz of Bourbon 

A Dash of Orange Bitters

OPTIONAL: Apple Slices, Orange Slices, Cinnamon Stick

STEP ONE:

After you’ve assembled all your ingredients, you’re going to start by making a syrup. Gather your finest pot, add a cup of fresh apple cider to a simmer and then slowly add in a cup of brown sugar. 

STEP TWO:

Once that is mixed together in the pot, add in a quarter cup of mulling spices and allow the mixture to simmer for five minutes while stirring occasionally. 

STEP THREE:

Once your timer goes off, strain the mixture into a glass and allow it to cool. 

STEP FOUR:

In a separate glass filled with ice, add in half an ounce of the syrup mixture and two and a half ounces of the bourbon of your choosing. 

STEP FIVE:

In that same glass, add in two dashes of apple and two dashes of orange bitters. Stir well before pouring and garnishing! 

OPTIONAL STEP SIX:

For optional garnishing, you can add sliced apples or oranges to perfect that dreamy, fall old fashioned!

Thanks @spiritedla for the tip, enjoy! 

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The Best Pumpkin Products to Try This Season!

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Today we want to share some of the best pumpkin products available this fall. Fall is in full swing which means one thing: we are right in the middle of pumpkin season! Pumpkin is everywhere; it is impossible to escape. From beers to breads, every brand has their seasonal specialty featuring the iconic fall flavor. For all the pumpkin lovers out there, we have compiled a list of the best pumpkin products to try this season.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Swiss Miss’s pumpkin spice hot chocolate may just be the perfect seasonal drink for chocolate lovers. This classic hot chocolate combined with hints of pumpkin flavoring creates an unforgettable treat you’ll want any time of day. The best part is it only takes a few minutes to make. Give it a try, you won’t regret it!  

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Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts

A household favorite, Pop-Tarts are no exception to the seasonal releases and pumpkin pie Pop-Tarts do not disappoint. What’s better than pumpkin pie for breakfast? How about a delicious handheld pastry that you can eat on the go, but still captures that mouthwatering pumpkin pie flavor? A box costs less than $4 and a Pop-Tart is a great way to start your day this season.

Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

Another breakfast favorite, pumpkin spice Cheerios, are the sweet boost you didn’t know you needed in your life. The pumpkin adds a yummy hit to that classic morning bowl and turns it into something special. Now is the perfect time to try them before they’re gone. Both healthy and sweet, they’re sure to be a hit with the whole family!

Pumpking Ale

‘Tis the season to try some new and different flavors in your alcohol. For all those ale fans who haven’t tried pumpkin in your drink before, the Pumpking is the thing for you. Many people have doubts about this particular combination, but it’s something everyone should try at least once. Nothing says fall like sipping a delicious drink with that seasonal kick.

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Pumpkin Spice Kind Bars

Finally, for that on-the-go snack there are pumpkin spice Kind Bars. With pumpkin, almond, and caramel flavoring, these snacks are the perfect way to get your fall flavor fix in quickly. Each bar only has 5 grams of sugar, making it an even better way to enjoy the season without the sugar overload that tends to accompany Halloween. Pick some up at the store next time you go; why not see what the fuss is about? 

We hope you enjoy these seasonal products and indulge your inner pumpkin-lover all season long!

 

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Fall Cocktails to Try This Season!

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Today we want to share some of the best fall cocktails to try this season. Fall is a special time full of all our favorite seasonal flavors; pumpkin and apple are hits on the plate this season but why stop there? We have compiled a list of cocktails that are quintessentially fall and represent the best tastes the season has to offer.

White Spiced Coffee

For the coffee lovers out there, try this white spiced coffee to warm up on a chilly evening. It takes a little time and effort to prepare, but the results are well worth it. The coffee, cinnamon, and cardamom flavors pair beautifully with the rum, creating an unforgettable drink. It can also be made without alcohol, making it a great treat for any time of day that everyone can enjoy.

   best fall cocktails Apple Cider Mimosas

Who doesn’t love apple cider? Who doesn’t love mimosas? A twist on the classics, the best of both worlds combine to create this mouthwatering apple cider mimosa. With only four ingredients necessary, this is perfect for anyone who wants a new seasonal favorite without a lot of hassle. Pop that champagne and treat your tastebuds to a bubbly, sweet cider.

 

 

Boozy Screamsicle Shakes

No one with a sweet tooth will be able to resist these boozy screamsicle shakes. Just in time for Halloween, these seven ingredient shakes indulge your inner child and pack a punch all at the same time. Orange sherbet, Oreos, and Vanilla Vodka combine to create those signature festive colors. Though Halloween may be different this year, you can still celebrate with these delicious shakes.

 best fall cocktails

Apple Pie Bourbon Shots

For those looking for something a little more intense, these apple pie bourbon shots will be a new favorite for sure. Only six ingredients are required and it takes about five minutes to prepare. Ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg are key players in making this drink taste just like that signature apple pie. Be careful, they’re so good you won’t be able to have just one!

Hot Mulled Cider

Finally, we want to finish off with a classic: hot mulled cider. Everyone should try making mulled cider at least once and there’s good reason for that; the taste speaks for itself. The drink takes about an hour and requires nine ingredients, making it a little more involved than some of the others, but there’s nothing better than sipping that warm, comforting flavor on a crisp fall night.

We hope you love these fall cocktails and they give you a delicious, boozy boost this season!

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Getting Ready for Autumn Holidays at Home

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As we head into fall, we are pretty sure that a lot of you are getting ready for autumn holidays at home.  With a lot of people still working from home or otherwise practicing social distancing, it’s a great time to start thinking about upcoming autumn holidays.  There are so many fun and exciting things to do during the fall.  For many of us, fall is our favorite season.  Cooler weather, beautiful scenery, great autumn holidays and a chance to indulge in some fun fall activities.  When we talk about autumn holidays, we always think about Halloween and Thanksgiving.  We were surprised to find these perfect hobby lobby coupons where you can get a whopping 40% off highest-priced item. Let’s jump in and get your creative juices flowing for spending your splendid autumn holidays at home.

Fun Fall Activities

There are so many fun fall activities that you can do at home.   These day’s so many of us are now spending more time with family which is the perfect situation for the entire family to enjoy these fun fall activities.

Halloween Crafts for Kids

Halloween is right around the corner and it’s extremely easy to get kids interested if you have some exciting for them to do until its time for costumes and candy.   Here are a few ideas for Halloween crafts.

Autumn Holidays at Home

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Here are a few ideas:

Popsicle stick haunted house: These make for awesome Halloween house decorations.  Use popsicle sticks to create the base, roof and windows of the haunted house.  You can paint them different colors to add character.

Paint pumpkins:  Kids love playing with paint so why not have fun painting pumpkins.  Use lots of different colors and ask them what ides they have about what to paint on the pumpkins.  You can even have them glue cut out shapes to glue onto the pumpkin.

Stress balls:  Sounds a little strange but these are actually pretty cute.  Grab some orange balloons, fill them with a hand full of rice and tie them.  Next just decorate the balloon with some creepy and scary Halloween faces.

Popsicle stick haunted house: These make for awesome Halloween house decorations.  Use popsicle sticks to create the base, roof and windows of the haunted house.  You can paint them different colors or add halloween stickers to add character.  We found a great Michael’s Coupon that will give you 40% off Kids’ Halloween Crafts by Creatology. 

Lollipop Ghosts:  Lollipop ghosts are are a cool looking craft and super easy to make.  All you need is:

  • Kleenex tissues
  • Round lolly pops
  • Black sharpie
  • Tiny hair elastics
  • Thin orange and black ribbon

Thanksgiving Activities

Autumn Holidays at Home

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Thanksgiving is the most popular autumn holiday so let’s check out some super awesome activities that you can do at home to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Here are a few ideas:

Serve dinner inside mini pumpkins:  Might take a little creativity but you can start by buying miniature pumpkins and cleaning out the insides after cutting off the tops.  A few dinner ideas to fill the pumpkins include:

Rice and polish sausage bits
Stuffing and Italian sausage
Pumpkin cheese bowls
Creamy pumpkin cheesecake
Mini pumpkin pies
Spiced creme brulee

Here are some other create ideas for getting ready for autumn holidays at home:

Pumpkin carving contest: fun for the entire family and a great way for everyone to carve a pumpkin to display outside your home.

Autumn Holidays at Home

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Host a bonfire or festive party: Invite your neighbors and closets friends over for a fall bonfire.  Roast hotdogs, marshmallows and warm up with hot chocolate and apple cider.  If a bonfire isn’t possible, then a festive party with traditional fall picnic dishes is an option.  If you haven’t yet invested in a fire pit, you should take a look at these ebay coupons we found where you can save up to 70% on the most latest and greatest eBay deals.

Bake autumn inspired cookies: have fun creating pumpkin, ghosts and bat carved sugar cookies that everyone will love.

Make Halloween costumes: the best thing about halloween is of course the costume.  Instead of buying a costume, trying making a costume at home.  Right now you can view a bunch of great Kohls coupons to help you get started.

An out of this world Thanksgiving dinner:  Thanksgiving only happens once a year and it’s the perfect time to spend time with family and give thanks for everything you are thankful for.  Thanksgiving has always centered around cooking and enjoying great food.  Recipes that have been passed down through generations take center stage.  If you find yourself needing a new stove or other appliances to enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday, go grab your Home Depot promo code and head over to the savings center and check out all of their special buys. 

We hope you enjoyed all of these great ideas.  Hopefully they will inspire you to think outside the box this year when getting started with autumn holidays at home.

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