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Wrap Presents in a Flash Using This Japanese Department Store Technique

 
After hunting down the right holiday gifts for everyone (hopefully by using our helpful guides), it's time to lock yourself in a room and start wrapping. Make the job a breeze without resorting to gift bags by mastering this fancy wrapping technique common in Japanese department stores.

Inspired by a video of a man wrapping presents at breakneck speed in Japan's Takashimaya department store, YouTube user BeatTheBush created a step-by-step tutorial for wrapping presents like a pro. After dissecting the video, he was able to figure out how it's done—and now passes that wisdom on to us. With a little practice, you can be as efficient as one of Santa's elves.

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Custom-Design the Ugly Christmas Sweater of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)
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For those of you aspiring to be the worst dressed person at your family's holiday dinner, UglyChristmasSweater.com sells—you guessed it—ugly Christmas sweaters to seasonal revelers possessing a sense of irony. But the Michigan-based online retailer has elevated kitsch to new heights by offering a create-your-own-sweater tool on its website.

Simply visit the site's homepage, and click on the Sweater Customizer link. There, you'll be provided with a basic sweater template, which you can decorate with festive snowflakes, reindeer, and other designs in five different colors. If you're feeling really creative, you can even upload photos, logos, hand-drawn pictures, and/or text. After you approve and purchase a mock-up of the final design, you can purchase the final result (prices start at under $70). But you'd better act quickly: due to high demand, orders will take about two weeks plus shipping time to arrive.

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How to Say Merry Christmas in 26 Different Languages
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“Merry Christmas” is a special greeting in English, since it’s the only occasion we say “merry” instead of “happy.” How do other languages spread yuletide cheer? Ampersand Travel asked people all over the world to send in videos of themselves wishing people a “Merry Christmas” in their own language, and while the audio quality is not first-rate, it’s a fun holiday-themed language lesson.

Feel free to surprise your friends and family this year with your new repertoire of foreign-language greetings.

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