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Spice up the holidays with the KFC fire log

Forget pine and cinnamon. Maybe Christmas should smell like crispy fried chicken.

The #InstaGiftGuide, based on popular 2018 hashtags

The #InstaGiftGuide matches six popular hashtag trends from 2018 with gift-worthy products.

McDonald’s releases McNugget Christmas ornaments

One of the world’s largest fast food chains is sprucing up the holiday season with some signature Christmas ornaments. McDonald’s UK has just rolled out two variations of ornaments. Celebrating the almighty Chicken McNugget, you’ll want a full box of 50. 

Pantone unveils 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for designers

Trying to find the right gift can be especially challenging when the person you're shopping for has refined tastes and a good sense of design.

Spice up your Valentine’s with KFC’s chicken scratch & sniff cards

This Valentine’s Day, KFC wants you to send your crush a special card. To show your loved ones how much you care, give them a fried chicken scratch & sniff Valentine’s Day card featuring Colonel Sanders.

Festive nail art inspired by the ugly sweater trend

There are plenty of ways to show off your holiday spirit, like Christmas beard baubles; but nothing says festive quite like ugly sweater inspired nail art. This viral DIY beauty trend will really get you into the holiday spirit.

KFC launches festive bucket designs created by 5 artist collectives

Just in time for the holidays, KFC has unveiled a series of six new limited edition festive bucket design. Forgoing KFC’s typical festive campaign, this year they’ve decided to put their iconic bucket in the spotlight.

12 Mother’s Day traditions from around the world

A special day to honour the women who gave birth to us, Mother’s Day is celebrated in several countries around the world. In most countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, but in others it’s celebrated at an entirely different time of the…

14 Valentine’s Day traditions from around the world

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, stores are flooded with candy hearts, chocolates and stuffed animals. And while North Americas shower their loved ones this way, other countries around the world declare their love differently.

Funny holiday cards based on popular Twitter topics

After a not-so-great 2016, website Roasted Nuts decided to lighten things up with a collection of testy holiday cards. In an attempt to unite the world, they searched out their favourite Twitter topics and turned them into cards.

Move over beard baubles, it’s time to light things up

Forget about adding glitter to your beard or hanging Christmas baubles in there. A new trend has hit the beard scene and it’s about to literally light up this festive season in a big way. 

Colour your tree with Pantone Christmas ornaments

Now that we’re into December, everyone’s getting into the Christmas spirit – including Pantone. They offer a lot of the products you wouldn’t think of, including food from their pop-up shop café. However, Pantone is now selling a collection of glass ornaments to brighten up your Christmas tree this festive…

Paper scenes of Alice In Wonderland encased in baubles

If you're a fan of the classic book or even the movies, then it's time to 'step through the looking glass.'

Interesting Christmas traditions from around the world

This infographic lists the interesting types of food traditions, tree decorations, and gift-giving practices around the world.

Ad agency takes bad ideas, turns them into gifts to clients

When it comes to defining a problem, creating as many solutions as possible often leads to a few bad ideas. And while creativity is a trial-and-error process, sometimes good ideas come from the bad. At least, that’s what advertising agency Wax has discovered by brilliantly…

What your favourite Christmas cookie says about you

Do you have a special kind of Christmas cookie that you love to eat during the holiday season? If so, then what does that particular cookie say about you as a person?

How to survive the office holiday party

We’ve entered the peak of the holiday party season and most companies are gathering to celebrate the end of a hardworking year. This is the time of year when your colleagues get hammered and make complete fools of themselves.

Bacon up your Christmas tree with a bacon ornament

It’s a staple of many breakfasts and loved by meat eaters the world over. It has even been blamed for turning vegetarians into meat eaters. Yes, we’re talking about bacon.

An Advent calendar just for adults

When you were a kid, do you remember anticipating each new day in December leading to Christmas when you’d open up your Advent calendar to get a treat? Now that you’re an adult, wouldn’t you love to relive those feelings of joy and anticipation with…

Burger King launches illustrated Christmas packaging

With the Christmas season kicking into high gear, Burger King has announced their limited edition packaging for the festive holiday. The illustrated packaging features several colourful motifs.

What shoppers want and where they’ll go to buy it

This year, the hope is the lower Canadian dollar will help convince both Canadians and Americans that the best deals lie north of the border.

Get a scream out of the top designer fears

Design careers have their challenges just like any other profession. And while designers experience fear on some level, the difference between success and failure is how they deal with that fear. With Halloween coming up, Creative Market asked designers to rank the worst of their terrors, depending…

The differences between Canadian & US Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy food, friends, and family. As millions of Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving, I couldn’t help but wonder the differences between the Canadian and American holidays?

Miniature scenes of summer captured in jewellery

Labour Day passed, the kids back to school and summer is wrapping up. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take the memory of season and wear them wherever you go.

Funny, minimalist letterpress Valentine’s Day cards

Happy Valentine’s Day! Yes, it’s that time of year again when we spend copious amounts of money to show our loved ones just how much we care. 

How to make peppermint shot glasses

After teaching us how to make some awesome toasted marshmallow shot glasses, food blogger Cheri Alberts of The Watering Mouth is back. And this time she’s come up with another one of her great DIY food hacks: how to make your own peppermint shot glasses. 

Colourful novelty glitter pills so you can crap festive

Have you heard the old saying that “what glitters is gold?” If you have a friend who goes overboard with decorations, treats and ugly sweaters, you can now help them to be even more festive! Give the gift that they can crap out this Christmas with Glitter Pills.

Hilariously rude holiday cards for a very sweary Christmas

If you've gotten tired of run-of-the-mill Christmas cards, these rude holiday cards are just what you need.

The most bizarre Christmas celebrations around the world

Whether it’s leaving a treat for Santa and his reindeer or simply decorating the tree, Christmas has many traditions. And no two families Christmas’s are quite the same. So, what kind of bizarre Christmas celebrations are there in countries around the globe? 

Decorate your beard with mini baubles

Are you into the ugly sweater trend? If not, try a different look this holiday season. Christmas baubles are usually meant for trees, but large-bearded men are using them to decorate their face instead.

Witty, offensive cards that fold out into awesome greetings

Receiving greeting cards from a loved ones makes every holiday or celebration that much more special. But how would you react if that card said Santa Hates You? If you’re sick and tired of those cliché greetings, you’ll just love these!