Feel Confident at Every Holiday Party With These 16 Hacks

Kelsey Clark

Happy Wednesday! Welcome back to our Take 5 column, where we invite you to take a hump-day break with the week’s most revitalizing lifestyle stories. Ready for a breather?

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Ashley Batz for Aptartment 34; ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION: Stephanie DeAngelis

Take 1: If you're dreading holiday party season…

Here's how to make it through sans introversion hangover. From your outfit to your body language, Refinery29's foolproof guide to holiday party season will not only eliminate any awkwardness, but also make you the most confident person in the room.

Take 2: If you totally forgot about Cyber Monday…

Never fear; these 15 amazing deals are still active! Whether you're searching for a record player or a brand-new Apple laptop for your loved ones, you can still cross them off your holiday list at a discount.

Take 3: If your only dream is to watch Netflix on an airplane…

Good news: You can now download Netflix shows and movies to watch at a later date. In other words, you can now watch Netflix on an airplane, on a road trip, when stuck in the Subway… the list goes on. Game changer.

Take 4: If you need some end-of-the-year reading material…

Pick up one of these eight holiday books hand-selected by our friends over at Brit+Co. Between Jay Asher's What Light to Joanne Fluke's Christmas Caramel Murder, you'll be snuggled up with a book until January.

Take 5: If you're looking for the gifts that keep on giving…

Look no further than Lauren Conrad. LC recently gathered 15 chic holiday gifts that literally give back—to Every Mother Counts, Prosperity Candle, Feed + Mouth, and more.

Your afternoon pick-me-up…

Sip this gingersnap-flavored adaptogen-boosting elixir to ease holiday stress. With mucuna and ashwagandha herbs, this drink lowers levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Plus, it's delicious.

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