I always feel like the time between Halloween and New Year’s absolutely flies by. I want to take it all in and savor the good moments with friends and family, the festive holiday activities, and the fun traditions—but it seems like I blink and the most wonderful time of the year is over. That’s why we’ve put together an exhaustive list of all of the holiday essentials you could possibly need this year.
With these essentials, you can focus on enjoying those festive moments and making the most of the holiday season instead of scrambling to come up with a last-minute date night idea for you and your partner or running out in the cold to get your peppermint creamer for your morning coffee.
Here are all the holiday essentials you need for your home, holiday activity lineup, kitchen, and makeup bag:
It doesn’t truly feel like the holiday season until your home is decorated to match your festive spirit. From chunky knits to bottlebrush trees to our favorite winter candles, these holiday decor items will make your home feel like the North Pole.
The best part about the holidays is all the fun activities you can do with family and friends. Put on your favorite festive PJs for a cozy movie night at home, curl up with a good book by a fireplace, have a wreath-making or gingerbread house-decorating contest with friends, or venture out on a walk to look at lights and sip mulled wine.
There is no season that inspires me to get to the kitchen more than the holiday season. Whether you’re stepping up your coffee game to make it Starbucks-level seasonal, making a festive charcuterie board for a gathering, baking some holiday treats, or even just popping popcorn for a viewing of The Holiday, these items will have your kitchen fully stocked.
With holiday parties and celebrations comes the opportunity to experiment with fun and festive makeup looks. Everyone needs a go-to red lip (or a sparkly gloss) and an eyeshadow palette with some seasonal tones. While you’re at it, stock up on something to achieve that holiday glow and a signature warm scent.