Dec 7, 2011 12:19 PM
These days, we start hearing "Jingle Bells" around October 1st, and the holiday jingle onslaught continues 'til the post-Christmas clearance sales are over in mid-January. As much as we love classic songs like "Silent Night" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", we thought we'd suggest some alternate tunage to you this year. Each of us editors will be presenting our Fab Five Holiday Playlist, of songs that remind us of the joy (and stress) of the holiday season, and some fun gift ideas that tie in with 'em.
1. Wrapping Paper, The Waitresses
Maybe some people wouldn't be overjoyed by a planner for Christmas, but we love getting a planner to fill with our events and bold plans (which we will spend erasing and pushing back throughout the year). This Bold Blossoms Jotter 2010 Planner ($8) is perfect for your sister who has super goals to accomplish this year. It says 'You have big plans for this year and I believe you can accomplish them.' It also says, 'Seriously, if you ask me when Aunt Linda's birthday is again I'll knock you out.'
2. Pine Cones and Holly Berries, The Osmonds
Give your earthy mom-in-law just what she's been wishing for with these cool Bronze Patina Pine Cone Earrings ($29). We figure you can give them to her at Christmas and borrow them back from her after New Years. It's bonding, right?
3. The Christmas Waltz, The Carpenters
Perfect for your rhythmically challenged sister, the Dance Lessons 101: The Basics and Beyond ($27) DVD gives step by step instructions and tips to make learning new moves a breeze. One, two, three, one, two, three!
4. Baby It's Cold Outside, Steve Tyrell
Just in case your little sister needs some extra reinforcement for keeping curfew, these Juicy Couture Faux Fur Earmuff Speaker Headphones ($98) look like regular adorable earmuffs but can be turned up loud to block out advances by the cute boy in her fifth period science class. We suggest a playlist of Fifteen,18 and Life, and Womanizer to set her straight.
5. Do You Hear What I Hear?, Martina McBride
You Might Be A Zombie And Other Bad News ($11) is the perfect gift for the know-it-all cousin who has heard everything, seen everything, and knew everything first. There's absolutely no way he knew 50% of humans are infected with a parasite that can take over the brain... unless he's already been infected...