By Anne Vorrasi
It's a game changer when you’re navigating your way through the kitchen, especially when there are many cooks around. You know what they say: Keep your family close and your favorite spatula closer.
To look even more naturally flawless when your in-laws roll in earlier than expected.
It doesn't get any prettier than this vessel that alkalizes your water, which is supposedly good for your skin, digestion, and more.
Those last-minute overnight guests are going to have to sleep somewhere.
In case you run out of your beloved holiday-themed wrapping paper, plain kraft paper goes with any string or ribbon scraps you can find in your house.
Here's what I look for in party shoes: sparkle, a heel that will accommodate hours of standing and potential dancing, and an ankle strap to keep them on my feet without having to flex my toes all night. These are even more comfortable than anticipated.
To be used in conjunction with top-notch eye cream. Plus, they're fun.
Because you were up late — again — propping that damn elf.
You’ll barely notice when it's chipped, because you will chip it.
Just one swipe is all you need for a faint shimmer that'll make your face radiate.
Grab a pair of comfy pants you can do anything in, from grabbing a last-minute gift to accidentally taking a 5-minute nap while folding laundry. Stick to a neutral color and no one will notice you've been wearing them for four days straight.
Raise your hand if you've ever pulled out a sad, wrinkly, half-unraveled roll of wrappping paper from the back of your closet. Enough said.
It can be surprisingly hard to find a mirror when you need it most, and this is less awkward than trying to pretend that you're not taking a selfie.
It's basically a "do not disturb" sign for your face. This silk mask, with its wide band, is way more comfy than the airline freebie you've had for 10 years.
This baby will make baking all those treats so much easier. I've had my KitchenAid for a dozen years.
This is hands down my favorite candle in the whole world. Yes, it's a bit of a splurge, but it lasts longer than you'd expect and it smells so good — like you've just checked into a fancy hotel. Once it's out, save the blue glass vessel to use as a vase. It's a unique color, but seriously, all flowers look amazing in this thing.
This minimal holder looks more decorative than functional and is pretty enough to keep out with or without sticks.
You're bound to be on your feet even more than usual this season, so keep your soles cushioned even when you're inside the house.
To remind you to do all the things when you need to do them. There's a lot going on.
Fresh Direct and Amazon Prime Fresh will send goods straight to your door, but even your local grocery store probably has an order-and-pick-up service that will make holiday prepping a lot easier. Honestly, these services have saved me on more than one occasion.
It's not a holiday without cookies, and this cookbook from dessert queen Dorie Greenspan has something for everyone.
I'm all about the free app, and this one gets all the brownie points for making prioritizing to-do items super easy.
You might need to whip up a dish this season — something elaborate or just last minute — and this cookbook has never let me down.
Lock yourself in the closet with this bowl when you’re feeling overwhelmed or your in-laws are being unbearable… again
To keep everyone in the house entertained, especially yourself. Hot tip: Download them to your phone so you can literally check out any place, any time.
You know your phone always dies when you need it most — at the grocery store, desperately calling home to check on 10 different ingredients — so be prepared.
Trust, these will come in handy. Use them to cover small cuts and even to distract toddlers.
I visit this charming novel time and again. It's a pretty quick read and gives me an excuse to imagine what life must've been like for my late mother when she immigrated to the United States in her early 20s.
They're cheap, smell nice, and you can find them anywhere. Hang them in the shower and you don't have to do much else to make your bathroom guest-ready.