The Anti-Gift Guide: 50 ways to slow down, treat yourself, and break tradition this holiday season

Rip up your gift list — it’s time to rethink the holidays.

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We’re rethinking the merriest time of year, to focus on the things we actually like to do.

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Yesterday, we sent out our 2023 gift guide. But what about those of us who aren’t feeling a traditional holiday this year? The holidays can be magical, but they can also be — ahem — a tad stressful.

If you’d rather rip up your holiday list, try a new tradition, vacation with the family, vacation just with yourself, buy your own gifts, drink a questionable amount of hot chocolate, and lavish yourself with self-care — this anti-gift guide is for you.

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Relax on a getaway

Book a trip to your version of paradise — be it sunny or snowy — at rentals that, last we checked, still have December availability.

Plan an adventure with expert research

Catch your favorite concert

Perfect your travel style

Use our favorite flight hack

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Linger over breakfast

Watch all the good TV shows

  • Stream “The Bear” or “Only Murders in the Building” on Hulu.
  • Stream “Hijack” or “Ted Lasso” on Apple TV.
  • Stream “Ahsoka” or “Dancing with the Stars” on Disney+.

Get comfy + cozy

Hunker down with a good book

  • Bright Young Women” by Bonnie Garmus | This highly anticipated thriller follows two women seeking to bring an infamous murderer to justice.
  • Lessons in Chemistry” by Jessica Knoll | A brilliant scientist finds herself the star of a beloved cooking show. Bonus: Catch the TV series on Apple TV.
  • Killing The Witches” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard | A nonfiction exploration of what really happened in 1692 Salem Village, Massachusetts.
  • Light the way for whatever you’re reading with a handy flat book light.

Snack like the world’s ending

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Sweat (the fun ways)

  • Invest in HigherDOSE’s personal Infrared Sauna Blanket to get spa-quality infrared heat at home.
  • Try Pvolve, a low-impact, at-home fitness method — and Jennifer Aniston’s favorite workout.
  • Get your sport on with an all-in-one pickleball set that has everything you need to play at home.
  • Try what Women’s Health dubs the best sonic vibrator, the Lelo Sona Cruise.

Explore a pause in drinking

Relax your mind

De-stress your body

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