Reddit’s Secret Santa gift exchange produced some pretty awesome presents this year

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 8 January 2015

For six years now, Reddit has provided its members with a really exciting gift exchange during the holidays: Secret Santa. This year more than 212,000 Secret Santas signed up for the gift program with people in over 189 countries participating, breaking a Guinness World Record all over again! While some people got just a Kit […]

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The ultimate Christmas treat: the Ho-Ho-Honut

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 1 January 2015

Christmas time is when you can indulge in all those delicious foods you’ve forsaken for the year, like turkey, plum pudding, and ho-ho-honuts. The Ho-Ho-Honut is ‘the best bits of Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, crafted into a savoury donut’. By ‘all the trimmings’, I mean safe-infused dough, turkey salt, roasted potato crumble, and […]

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Jolly fire-breathing Godzilla Christmas tree knocks the competition out of the woods

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events, New Trends on Tuesday 30 December 2014

We take out hats off to whoever came up with this Godzilla Christmas Tree that apparently appeared in Tokyo’s Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall in 2011, complete with the jolly monstrous tree with fairy lights all over it and red eyes aglow, spewing fiery smoke from its mouth and a Santa hat on its crown. […]

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Aw! These penguins in Santa Claus suits will melt your cold, cold hearts

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco, Video on Thursday 25 December 2014

If there is one thing we know we can never tire of, it is cute little penguins dressed up in whatever. Well, specifically for the birthday of Jesus, how about some penguins in Santa Claus suits? This happened last year when an amusement park in South Korea decided to thrill visitors by staging daily festive penguin […]

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This YouTuber has a brilliant idea for holiday cheer: a portable mistletoe!

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By Nicole Hughes in Video on Thursday 18 December 2014

YouTuber Blake Grisby certainly knows how to spread holiday cheer. With his clever mistletoe contraption strapped to his backpack, the greenery designed to receive a happy holiday kiss follows Blake overhead. In the middle of a Christmas market in Chicago, Blake walks around in hopes of landing some kisses and spreading some holiday cheer.

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Coca Cola’s St. Nick gets a 21st century makeover with couture clothing

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By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Thursday 18 December 2014

We all know the Santa Claus who appears on the Coca Cola ads during Christmas time. But did you know that jolly figure has been around since the 1920s?

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Go minimalist these holidays with a nativity set of wooden blocks

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Friday 28 November 2014

London-based designer Emilie Voirin has put an end to the debate about what Jesus Christ and his family looked like. It’s an age-old debate that has one population stating he was blonde haired, blue eyed (yeah right), and another saying he was more olive skinned with darker features.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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