How to Plan Your Holiday Shopping for This Season


Today we want to share some great tips on how to plan your holiday shopping for this season. The holiday season has officially begun. It’s time to begin your Christmas planning. You don’t think about how difficult it is to get things for the people you love until you go out shopping.

Not only do you have a million people to shop for, but you have no idea what to get them. You also have a budget that you have to adhere to. You would like to get out of your holiday shopping as debt-free as possible.

For that, you’re going to have to get a good plan in motion. We can help you with this. Check out this guide to get your Christmas list started. 

Have a Good Plan in Motion

Plan Your Holiday Shopping

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The first step of holiday success is to put the right shopping plan in motion. Use a calculator to find out how much you can afford to spend on your loved ones.

From there, you can sort of figure out what to get everyone. If you have no idea where to begin with someone on your list, at least find out how much money you can set aside for them.

Don’t Get Caught up in Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

Every year, people rush out of their homes on Black Friday to get the best deals on gifts and presents for the people on their holiday shopping list. It’s okay to join the shoppers, but you need to be careful.

When you see something that’s on a good sale, it’s tempted to buy it even though you don’t need it. Cyber Monday can be almost as bad.

Out of the two, we do recommend that you take advantage of Cyber Monday instead of Black Friday. You’ll save on gas that way, and all your things will get delivered to your doorstep. It’s super convenient.

Do Your Research

Plan Your Holiday Shopping

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Before you fork over a bunch of money on a TV or laptop, do yourself a favor and do some research. You don’t want to buy something that pricey because there’s a good deal on it.

You want it to last for a while. Find out which brands are the best and do some price comparisons.

Don’t Put Yourself in Debt

The last tip we have for you is to not put yourself in debt to find the best holiday gift for your loved ones. If you don’t have a budget, go ahead and throw caution to the wind.

Don’t max out your credit cards, though. Trust us when we say that your loved ones don’t want you to ruin your credit score to afford Christmas.

Don’t Get Overwhelmed by Holiday Shopping

With Christmas coming up fast, it’s time to start your holiday shopping. When you look at all the people that you have to buy for, it can be easy to get overwhelmed.

As long as you follow this guide, though, you’ll be sure to find the best gifts for your loved ones without breaking your bank. For more ways to get all your shopping done, visit our blog!

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Halloween Party MUST Haves


Today we want to share some incredible Halloween party must haves. As all of you Ghouls and Goblins prepare for the spookiest day of the year, make sure your bar cart is stocked and ready! BACARDÍ rum is serving up skele-fun cocktails sure to bring out your wild side! Whether you’re entertaining guests at home or getting ready for a spooky night out on the town, BACARDÍ has everything you need to celebrate Halloween right this year!

Say R.I.P. to your haunting cocktail habits and conjure up a new brew with these four BACARDÍ cocktail recipes. These scary-good recipes are made with the new limited-edition bottles of BACARDÍ Superior, BACARDÍ Spiced, BACARDÍ Limon, and BACARDÍ Coconut. Enjoy two new BACARDÍ cocktails, the Bat Brew and Diablo Colada, as well as old haunts – The Goblin and Blood Moon – to tickle (or torture) your taste buds this spooky season.

Re-entering the costume contest this year is the new limited-edition, haunted BACARDÍ Superior Rum bottle! The beloved bottle has traded its glow-in-the-dark jack-o-lantern smile for a frightful bat swarm! Back for a limited time with a new design, this bottle is the perfect gift for your Halloween-loving friends or to bring to a costume party to concoct BACARDÍ cocktail potions that creep it real this Halloween season! 


If you want to make your Halloween one to remember, try out one of these delicious BACARDÍ cocktail recipes! Remember to keep it spooky & always drink responsibly!


The GoblinBacardi - Goblin


  •         1 ½ oz BACARDÍ Superior
  •         1 oz Lime Juice
  •         ½ oz Midori
  •         ½ oz Reàl-Coco
  •         ½ oz Pineapple Juice
  •         Pineapple wedge as garnish

Instructions: Shake all ingredients together with ice and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge. Enjoy!


Blood Moon

Bacardi - Blood MoonIngredients:

  •         1 ½ oz BACARDÍ Limon
  •         ½ oz Monin Blood Orange Syrup
  •         ½ oz Lime Juice
  •         2 oz Ginger Beer
  •         Blood orange slice and amarena cherry as a garnish

Instructions: Shake the first three ingredients with ice and strain into a Collins, highball, or pint glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a blood orange slice and an amarena cherry on a cocktail pick. Enjoy!


Bat Brew

Bacardi - Bat BrewIngredients:

  •         1 ½ oz BACARDÍ Coconut
  •         1 oz Cold Brew
  •         ¾ oz Monin Vanilla Syrup

Instructions: Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass or serve chilled in a shot glass. Enjoy!


Diablo Colada

Bacardi - Diablo ColadaIngredients:

  •         1 ½ oz BACARDÍ Spiced
  •         1 oz Reàl-Coco
  •         1 oz Pineapple Juice
  •         3 Frozen Blackberries
  •         1-3 Dashes Bittermens Hellfire Shrub
  •         1 Dash Cholula Hot Sauce
  •         ½ cup Ice
  •         Blackberries and pineapple fronds as garnish

Instructions: Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and pour into a Collins, highball, or hurricane glass. Alternatively, shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a glass filled with crushed or pebble ice. Garnish with three blackberries on a cocktail pick and three pineapple fronds. Enjoy!

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9 Low Budget Costumes for Halloween


Today we want to share 9 low budget costumes for Halloween. Halloween is just around the corner, and this 31st of October, we’re hopefully going to have a little bit more fun than last year!  The Holiday couldn’t possibly be complete without a costume! While the rental place or Amazon are there for us, you don’t actually need to spend a ton of money on something you will wear only once (ever)! 

You can create some great Halloween costumes from items and clothes you already have or can borrow from family and friends. 

Here are 9 low budget costumes for Halloween. 


One of the most iconic comic book characters of all time, Superman gets special attention during Halloween. And it’s super easy and cheap to create the costume from scratch.

All you need is the Superman logo and a white shirt. If you have a few extra dollars, you can get the logo printed on a basic tee, but to be honest, printing it on a sheet of paper and attaching it to your t-shirt with pins is so much cheaper and easier! 

“Men in Black”

You probably already have everything you need for this costume in your closet. It’s simple – put on your black suit (or borrow from your entrepreneur friend or cousin), crisp white shirt and some killer sunnies. That’s pretty much it, but if you want to nail the look, grab a toy gun at your local supermarket or borrow from neighbor’s kids!

Mister Rogers

Mister Rogers brings smiles wherever he goes, and this costume will do that too. Khakis, a white shirt and a red cardigan is all it takes! Don’t have a cardigan? It’s one of those pieces that your dad or uncle might lend you, or you can get it at your local second-hand shop for a couple of bucks. 

Ace Ventura

Everybody loves this eccentric pet detective! And this costume is very easy to create. Just put on red trousers, a white tee and a Hawaiian or another floral print shirt. 

If you have some hair to work with, puff it up with a good amount of hairspray! Don’t have a white tee?

You still have time to order one from the high-quality t-shirt brand Fresh Clean Tees. Enjoy the large selection of v-necks at, and even after Halloween, you’ll wear it everywhere as it’s so comfy. 

Harry Styles

Harry Styles is the perfect choice if you’re looking to go as some of the current superstars! This guy is famous for his eclectic style that you can easily recreate with a little bit of help from your mom or female friends.

Put on wide-legged colorful pants, a bright west or sweater vest and go crazy with jewelry (rings, necklaces). Visit your local vintage shop for some great options.

Freddie Mercury

Another iconic man is Queen’s lead singer Freddy Mercury, famous for his white jeans and white wife-beater shirt. Yep, that’s all you need, plus maybe some cool fake mustache from your costume store or Amazon and a microphone stand (optional).

vampire, zombie and witch holding a pumpkinBrush up on the Queen repertoire so you can put on a show at the party!

Harry Potter

The boy wizard is one of the most famous book characters of all time, so with just a little bit of effort, you’ll be super easy to recognize! 

You’ll need round glasses, a wand and some eyeliner to draw a scar on your forehead. Wear simple corduroy trousers and a nerdy cardigan (or a long black cape if you happen to have one) to complete the look, and don’t forget to brush up on your spells! 

Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation

Ron is the hilarious grumpy city government official from this iconic show, and his wardrobe resembles most dad’s style. 

Grab a checkered shirt, khakis, order a fake moustache and don’t forget the grumpy face. Ron is also known to love meat, so you can grab a turkey leg or stake to carry around (and snack on).


Going to a beach Halloween party? In this case, the easiest costume to opt for are the red Baywatch trunks, sunglasses and a whistle!  Trust us; you’ll get a lot of attention from the ladies and will be swimming-ready at all times!

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Last-Minute Valentines Gifts


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


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


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 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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Black-Owned Businesses To Support This Christmas


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


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.


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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. 








ALTWELL Gift of Glow CBD Kit $135

A CBD sale? I’m in! This Gift of Glow kit was $169 and is now $135. It includes a bonus candle, a facial serum and infused lotion that will help brighten your skin. For a limited time only, ALTWELL is having a sale buy one get one 50% off on CBD soft gels using the code SOFTGELS at checkout!  












Anese License to Chill Stress face mask $34 

Want to know the benefits of eucalyptus oil? Click here to find out and use checkout code FEELINGMYSELF for 15% off your purchase when you buy this License to Chill Stress mask.  












DMH Aesthetics Light Shield $190 

This hands-free LED light therapy mask gets rid of those pesky stress pimples almost instantly. Worth the investment? YES. 

Kerotin Scalp Massager $16 

Fun fact: stimulating your scalp can reduce stress and anxiety! Use this scalp massager to moisten your hair and boost your immune system. 








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


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.


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


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. 


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. 


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


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. 


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


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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