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29 Ways To Be A Better Adult This Holiday Season

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1. Get everyone tipsy with big batch cocktails you can make in advance.

So you're not trapped at the bar cart, wearing your arms out with a cocktail shaker.

Check out all the recipes here. And check out 21 Big-Batch Cocktails To Get Your Family Drunk On Thanksgiving here.

2. And serve your potent potable in a beautiful (and inexpensive) plastic punch bowl that looks like cut glass.

Plastic means it won't shatter into a million shards, no matter how rowdy the party gets.

Get the 12-quart size from Amazon for $24.84. Also available in an 8-quart size for $20.55.

3. Wow your friends and family with recipes from the BuzzFeed Tasty cookbook.

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You can customize it to include your favorite recipes. Plus you can gift it to anyone who's extremely hard to shop for.

Get it from Tasty for $39.95 (plus free shipping!).

4. Give gifts that are actually thoughtful and personal.

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Gift cards are a last resort.

Keep checking back at our 2016 Gift Guide page for dozens of gift guides for everyone on your list.

5. Or visit Amazon's "most gifted" page for unique finds for everyone on your list.

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Plus you can get many items in two days with Amazon Prime!

6. Ditch the Nestle packets and opt for a canister of smooth Godiva drinking chocolate.

Get it from Amazon for $15. Available in milk and dark chocolate.

7. Fake it 'til you make it with three-ingredient apps that look fancy.

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Get the "recipes" here.

8. Learn how to make an impressive Thanksgiving dinner for under $100!

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We're talking full bird with all the fixins' — enough to feed eight people! PLUS APPLE PIE.

Check out the recipes and how-tos here.

9. Check this chart to make sure your bird isn't still saying "brrrrr" five hours before dinner is due.

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And check out 18 other helpful Thanksgiving charts here.

10. Pop a baking shield on your pie to keep your crust edges from getting burnt.

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

11. And distribute slices from a hands-free server to keep your desserts 'gram-worthy.

Untouched by human hands.

Get it from Amazon for $10.50.

12. Master the perfect gift wrapping technique with this simple guide.

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Including important steps like "use the gift to help measure the amount of paper you need".

Check out the guide here.

13. Or if you really can't master wrapping paper, go with reusable and eco-friendly gift sacks.

Get these ones from Firefly Notes on Etsy for $3.95+. Or check out Amazon's wide selection here.

14. Keep a kit of cold supplies for when the worst strikes on day one of Hanukkah.,,,,

You need to stay perky for eight nights of presents.

We're talking at 36-pack of ramen, cold meds, a bulk pack of Kleenex, and some Vaseline for your chapped nose and lips, and a DVD copy of the best film of all time, National Treasure.

15. Learn how to make a proper cheese board that’ll ruin appetites before the big dinner.

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16. And put it on this pretty platter your guests will hack away at with glee.

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25.

17. Decorate your tiny space to the nines with holiday cheer.

Including candles that sound like a crackling fire and a sparkly tree you can send in the mail!

Check out the ideas here.

18. If you don't have enough seating, set out actually cool folding chairs you'll want to use again.

Get the faux wood chair (left) from Target for $29.99 and the set of two black chairs (middle) from Target for $31.49 and a set of two chairs (right) from Target for $75.99.

Target actually has a great selection of non-embarrassing folding chairs. Check it out here.

19. Get a set of cloth napkins that actually match.

These ones are especially great for forcing your guests to eat your.... very delicious.... Friendsgiving dinner.

Get a set of four from Urban Bird and Co. on Etsy for $24.

20. Spring for a carving set that'll make you look like a turkey pro.

Get the set from Amazon for $26.06.

21. Keep your bird moist AF with an angled baster that keeps your hand away from the hot roasting pan.

It comes with a cleaning brush, too!

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

22. Get a refillable soap-dispensing brush that will make you actually get the dishes done.

Before your sink develops its own ecosystem.

Get it from Amazon for $8.47.

23. Make a cheap and sparse Christmas tree look fuller by adding green tinsel to the bare patches.

::sends this idea to Charlie Brown, saves Christmas::

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

24. Take a breather with a holiday-themed adult coloring book that'll help you unwind in the midst of your stressful family.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

25. Keep your Ikea furniture looking 💯 with bear-y cute coasters.

Get a pack of four from H&M for $3.99.

26. Refer to this graphic when deciding how much food is right for your gathering.

So you're not faced with starving guests or an excess of leftovers.

27. Pop special insoles in your high heels to make them comfy enough to dance in until the ball drops on New Year's.

Get them from Amazon for $7.97.

28. Place a box of conversation starters on the dinner table for masterful segues away from dangerous topics.

Get them from Amazon for $25. Get the original version here and family version here.

29. And keep a flask on you for when your relatives start asking too many questions about your personal life.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $18.

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