Forget the calendar, here’s a designer candle that counts down to Christmas Eve

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 31 October 2014

Counting down to Christmas is one of the most exciting times in a kid’s year (…and an adult’s). But instead of going with the traditional advent calendar this year, why not countdown in a more unique way… with a candle! Designed by Anne Lehmann, the Christmas Candle is a more grown-up version of the calendar […]

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Christmas came early for these 250 Santa Clauses

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Events on Friday 13 June 2014

It might have been terribly far from the North Pole but hundreds of Santas descended on Tampa, USA on May 15 for the International Santa Celebration organized by The International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas. That’s right, you can’t buy the beards from a store or yank them off. Some 250 Santas, some who were […]

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A photo series dedicated to discarded Christmas trees

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 31 December 2013

For those of us who celebrated Christmas with a real tree, you’ll know the pain of removing it from the house and discarding it. Hungarian photographer Gergo Gosztom managed to ‘make the sad sights a little more poignant’ this year with his After Christmas photo series that shows discarded and forgotten Christmas trees left out […]

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Massive edible gingerbread village weighs 1.5 tons, is too epic to eat

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 26 December 2013

So, 500 pounds of gingerbread, 400 pounds of candy and 2,240 pounds of icing: that’s what went into the making of what is now arguably the world’s largest gingerbread village by Jon Lovitch, a chef in New York. It weighs 1.5 tons — about 1360 kilograms — and has 152 houses and 65 trees. We […]

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A drone that delivers holiday romance via a mistletoe

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Wednesday 25 December 2013

The drones are taking over the world! Their first agenda? Dictate when couples could kiss during Christmas. A drone carrying a mistletoe flew over unsuspecting couples in San Francisco’s Union Square and set the tone for the perfect holiday kiss. Most couples enjoyed the surprise attack, and some even invited the drone to fly over […]

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At $5 million, the world’s most expensive Christmas wreath just went on sale

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Wednesday 18 December 2013

File this one under things I’ll never afford. The world’s most expensive Christmas wreath has finally gone on sale. Valued at more than AU$5 million, this 60cm wreath boasts more than 138 carats of rubies and diamonds, while featuring some of the world’s most exclusive flowers and leaves, including helleborus, laurus, lingonberry, and blueberry stems.

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Christmas gift idea: a taxidermy mice chess set

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Monday 16 December 2013

This one will set the bar in terms of Christmas gift uniqueness and unpredictability. I’ll bet my entire house that your friends and family won’t be able to guess what’s inside the box with this taxidermied mice chess set. The set, which includes 16 light coloured mice and 16 dark mice, is sold (Or was. Someone actually bought it, you guys!) by Etsy user TheCurious13 for $450.

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Captain Picard gets into the holiday spirit with mashup of Let it Snow

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Tuesday 10 December 2013

Just when you thought Star Trek couldn’t get any cooler, along comes Captain Picard singing the holiday classic, ‘Let it Snow’. Except in this version, the lyrics have been changed slightly to ‘Make it So’. And don’t think the other characters of Star Trek got away with not lending their voices to this song — […]

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The 10 worst things to buy for your partner for Christmas this year

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Tuesday 19 November 2013

Christmas is near and the question that always haunts us during this time of year resurfaces once again: ‘What do I get her/him?’ Well, we do not know the answer for that, but here’s a list of what not to give. Take notes, people.

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Dumped Xmas trees get googly eyes and instant sadface

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 23 January 2013

Every year, as Christmas sweeps us by, it also leaves in its wake, conifer trees dumped in the streets as unseasonal trash. So what UK-based artist D*Face did for his Eyebaubles project was to paste googly eyes on some of them. They certainly look as down in the dumps as much as they are in the dumps.

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Brighton’s X-rated Christmas lights

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Friday 21 December 2012

Someone in Brighton clearly isn’t happy. Unfortunately for the powers that be in this bohemian seaside town on England’s southern coast, that person is in charge of putting up the Christmas lights. What he does with them is brilliant.

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Pantone Christmas ornaments

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Products on Friday 21 December 2012

If you’re looking for some festive decorations this holiday season, here are some PANTONE Christmas ornaments to deck your halls with. With 10 different hues, these ornaments are a perfect addition to any design nerd’s Christmas tree.

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X-ray photos of Christmas presents uncover the mysteries

Bridget Barnett Contributor

By Bridget Barnett in New Art on Friday 21 December 2012

I’ve never had much will power when it comes to waiting until Christmas Day to open presents. Unlike me, art photographer Hugh Turvey won’t get caught unwrapping and rewrapping gifts early. He has used an X-ray machine to uncover the mystery.

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Viva La Juicy Limited Edition Parfum

Elise Boyd Editor

By Elise Boyd in New Products on Wednesday 19 December 2012

With Christmas just around the corner, never fear; it’s not too late to buy the perfect gift. Look no further than the Limited Edition Viva La Juicy Parfum from Juicy Couture. The fresh fragrance is a delightful mix of mandarin orange, wild berries, honeysuckle, gardenia and creamy amber notes. [Win a bottle here!]

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Chopped and Scrooged: Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas rap mixtape

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Tuesday 18 December 2012

If you were thinking that Sufjan Steven’s couldn’t evolve and expand his musical styling’s any more, you were wrong. Grabbing our attention with his beautifully simple folk chord progressions and lusciously mellow vocals before turning into an arrangement junkie with an electronic vibe, Stevens has just dropped a rap mixtape. Rap. Rap!!!

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