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So Hip It Hurts? Have a Hipster Holiday

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12.14.14

Hipsters are known for their skinny jeans and bohemian lifestyle, but they’re not exactly famous for their holiday spirit. You may not think of yourself as “cool,” and you probably don’t spend 3+ hours a day in a local coffee shop, but we think there might just be a little bit of the hipster spirit hiding inside of you.

Let your indie flag fly! With a few changes around the house and a new-found eye for the obscure, you can have an amazing hipster holiday. Here’s how:

Decorate Your Tree with Maps

Twinkle lights and round ornaments are so bourgeois. Try being original with your festive spirit by hanging cutouts of old maps on your tree. Ideally, you want to only hang maps of places where you’ve traveled or lived. That way, these nostalgic bits of geography become a much more personal, powerful holiday decoration. Bonus points if you can name the best fair-trade coffee shop in every city that’s hanging on your tree!

Homebrew Your Eggnog

Don’t pander to some corporate behemoth for you holiday beverage. That mass-produced brand waiting in aisle seven probably doesn’t even use real nutmeg. Instead, make your own hand-crafted holiday beverage. The most hipster-tastic recipes will be one-of-a-kind and honed with hours of experimentation. But, if you don’t have that kind of time, we like this homemade eggnog recipe from Cooking for Seven.

Hand Make Your Gifts

“Hipster you” doesn’t need malls, name-brand gear or free two-day shipping to complete their gift list. All you need are a few supplies and some time to craft! There are a ton of hand-made gift ideas around, but knitting is always a safe bet. If knitting your own stocking sounds a little intense, you can always fake it and just buy one of these drink insulators from The Freaker.

Instagram Your Holiday Card

Nothing says “happy holidays from a hipster” like a holiday card with an Instagram Lo-Fi filter. To pull this one off, it’s important to have your family don some plaid flannel and maybe throw on some thick-rimmed glasses (mustaches are good, too). Want to get really serious? Force your family to maintain a look of ironic indifference throughout the entire photo shoot!   

Embrace Obscure Holiday Songs

“White Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland” are for corporate drones. Try something like “A Cool, Cool Christmas” by The Sabres or “Sans Day Carol” by The Chieftains. The real payoff to blasting these tunes throughout your house during the holidays comes when someone asks, “What are we listening to?” Cherish this moment! Then, in the most condescending tone you can possibly summon, reply, “They’re really obscure, you probably haven’t heard of them.”

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