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Our Essential Holiday Survival Guide for 2018

The holidays are almost here, and we're getting in survival mode. Yes, we love the carols, the twinkly lights, and the merry, merry spirit, but let's not pretend it can also be one big, pounding headache. With that in mind, we've put together a survival checklist to gift yourself, your friend, your mother...or whomever else you think needs it this season.

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine
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Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine

Our coffee intake goes way up during the holidays (frankly, we can't imagine getting through the season without three cups a day, at least). Nespresso's sleek Vertuo coffee and espresso machine delivers serious punch thanks to its high-tech brewing system, which extracts the very richest taste and texture from each capsule—whether your palate tends toward Paris Madeline or Cafe de Cuba. Bonus: the cup is made within seconds and is topped off with the brand's signature smooth crema. 

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Aesop Quench kit
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Aesop Quench Classic Skin Care Kit

Winter skin is no joke, especially with all the traveling, boozing, and eating we plan to do over the holidays. Do yourself a favor and invest in this Aesop skin care kit, which fits right in your purse or carry on. Moisturizer? Check. Toner? Check. Cleanser? Check. 

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Warby Parker Cleo Sunglasses

Protect your peepers from the winter rays with these Warby Cleo sunglasses. It may be cold outside but that doesn't mean the sun don't shine. 

RELATED: 15 Head-Turning Cocktail Dresses To Invest in This Season

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White + Warren Cashmere Travel Wrap

Cashmere. Cashmere. Cashmere. If we could afford it, our entire wardrobe would be cashmere for winter. Alas, we'll settle for this gorgeous gray White + Warren travel wrap. 

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Keith Titanium Pocket Flask

When you're hanging with the crazy fam and you just can't take the drama anymore, what do you do? You sneak a sip of whatever floats your boat from this pocket flask. Just make sure it's strong. 

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Everlane Oversized Alpaca Crew

A cozy winter sweater is a must. A cozy winter sweater in rosy pink is a double must. How sweet is this oversized Alpaca number? We can't wait to slip into it and curl up with a book by the fire. 

RELATED: The Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List 

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Sony WH1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones

You'll have no trouble drowning out the crying babies, squabbling family members, and loud cell phone talkers after tuning in to a kick-ass playlist on these Hi-res Sony headphones. 

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J.Crew Ribbed cashmere beanie

As we mentioned, you can never have enough cashmere. This J.Crew cashmere beanie is classic, sophisticated, and guaranteed to keep your head nice and toasty all winter long. 

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Winc Wine Subscription

Who doesn't need copious amounts of wine over the holidays? We do. Make it easy by signing up for a Winc Wine Subscription, whose team of aficionados will curate the right bottles to fit your every mood and deliver them to your house stat. 

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Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Detox Face Mask

Drinking, eating, partying.... it takes a toll, ladies. Get your skin back in shape with this Mega Greens detoxifying treatment before hitting the party circuit again. The real detox comes in January. 

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Flyby Hangover Cure & Prevention Pills
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Flyby Hangover Cure & Prevention Pills

Even if we promise to be good, somehow, that holiday hangover always creeps up on us. Pop three of these before and after the booze binge and you'll wake up in ten-times better shape. 

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UGGpure Alena Suede Slipper Bootie

Anyone who doesn't own a snug pair of slippers for winter is doing something wrong. These suede booties are the coziest things we've ever tried—perfect for bopping around the house during lazy days.   

RELATED: What to Wear to All Your Holiday Parties 

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Home Chef Meal Delivery Service

Don't get us wrong, we love to cook. But sometimes, we'd rather skip all the planning and shopping. When that happens, we're all about a high-end food delivery service like Home Chef. 

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Everlane Re:Down® Sleeping Bag Puffer

When cabin fever strikes, put this puffer on and go for that solo walk you've been thinking about since you first walked in the house. 

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Herbivore Botanicals Self Love Bath and Body Ritual Kit

With all the holiday stress, don't forget to work in a little me time. This pampering kit for the bath is the perfect present that's all about you, you, you. Plus, it's all natural, all organic.  

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Party Flasks Santa's Flask

This may be the tackiest thing ever, but, well, it made us laugh. And everyone needs a good laugh during the holidays. So drink up and be merry. 

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