25 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in November

You might have forgotten that November 1st is National Cook for Your Pets Day, but your dog didn't.
You might have forgotten that November 1st is National Cook for Your Pets Day, but your dog didn't.

While you're busy celebrating Banana Pudding Lovers Month, National Georgia Pecan Month, Peanut Butter Lovers Month, and World Vegan Month, be sure to schedule in these daily celebrations, some of which are seasonally relevant—and some of which are not relevant to anything at all.

1. November 1: National Cook For Your Pets Day

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Because your pets do enough around the house, don't you think?

2. November 2: Plan Your Epitaph Day

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It's never too early to start thinking about your eternal tagline. (Here are some truly unforgettable ones to get you started.)

3. November 3: Cliché Day

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All's fair in love and war and holidays, and what goes around comes around, so have the time of your life this November 3 by celebrating this fit-as-a-fiddle celebration. You'll be like a kid in a candy store.

4. November 3: Sandwich Day

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Just look at it: How can you not honor this thing of beauty? John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, was also born around this day (on November 13) in 1718, so feel free to celebrate and eat mightily throughout the month.

5. November 4th: King Tut Day

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No, this day does not commemorate the great Egyptian king’s birthday. On this day in 1922, British archeologist Howard Carter and his crew discovered the entrance to King Tut’s tomb. This monumental discovery was one of the greatest archaeological achievements of the 20th century, and remains a huge attraction well into the 21st. The least we can do is take a day to honor it. History for the win!

6. November 5th: Guy Fawkes Day

Guy Fawkes is the reason we remember, remember, the 5th of November.Anonymus-ng, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 4.0

Let anarchy and chaos reign today—although if you aren’t in England, you may get a lot of strange looks. The eponymous man behind the infamous “Gunpowder Plot” planned to blow up Britain’s Parliament in 1605, spawning annual bonfire celebrations, effigies, and creepy masks for centuries to come. It was Parliament that declared November 5th as a day of celebration to commemorate their foiling of Fawkes and company's plot, but it's Fawkes's mischievous spirit that pervades the festivities.

7. November 6: Saxophone Day

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Only an epic sax solo could properly honor this jazzy instrument. (Adolphe Sax was also born on this day in 1814.)

8. November 8: International Tongue Twister Day

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How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Whether you’re in unique New York or selling seashells by the seashore, show off your impressive command of diction today. Or if you’re really in the mood for a challenge, try learning the history between a few famous tongue twisters.

9. November 8: Abet And Aid Punsters Day

Feel free to share your favorite puns to help us all celebrate. Ours? Two peanuts were crossing the street, one was a salted.

10. November 13: World Kindness Day

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An admirably self-explanatory holiday.

11. November 13: Sadie Hawkins Day

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The woman asking the man to a dance? How novel! Apparently it was quite novel back in the late 1930s, when Sadie Hawkins Day first appeared in the popular comic strip Li’l Abner. Worried that his homely daughter Sadie might never find a beau, Hekzebiah Hawkins organized a race in which his daughter would chase all the unmarried men in town to the finish line. If she caught one, he was legally obligated to wed her. The holiday became an annual event in the comic strip, and evolved into a real life event as well—with more dancing and less capturing.

12. November 14: Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day

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Appropriately timed to coincide with Joseph McCarthy's birthday.

13. November 15: Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

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Or as we like to call it, “Discover the science project you didn’t know you had growing in your refrigerator Day.”

14. November 15: National Bundt Day

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As in, the cake with the hole in the middle. The holiday was created by renowned bundt pan purveyors Nordic Ware to celebrate their 60th anniversary in 2006.

15. November 15: George Spelvin Day

George and Georgina/Georgette Spelvin aren't the people in the photo above, because they're not real people at all. Those names are traditional pseudonyms used in theater when an actor doesn't want to be identified, is playing multiple roles, or wants to go uncredited for other reasons.

16. November 17: Homemade Bread Day

It's the best thing since sliced ... wait a minute.

17. November 17: National Unfriend Day

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Jimmy Kimmel is actually responsible for this holiday, which marks an occasion to take a good hard look at your social media connections, and then put a few on the chopping block.

Get your clicker finger ready and say adios to old friends, non-friends, and people you literally don't remember but who somehow made their way into your social media circle.

18. November 18: Married To A Scorpio Support Day

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We can't personally speak to the necessity of this holiday, but the fact that it exists does not speak kindly of those born between October 23 and November 21.

19. November 19: World Toilet Day

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A holiday devoted to the John, the Pot, the Latrine, the Porcelain God? Sounds like the brainchild of a group of 5th graders. In fact, it’s an international event dedicated to de-stigmatizing toilets and address the challenges of global sanitation. Created in 2001, the official website points out that billions of people in the world do not have proper access to toilets, but also that in addition to being vital to life, toilets can be “fun and sexy.” (Their words, not ours.)

20. November 21: Alascattalo Day

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The photo above is of a majestic Alaskan grizzly bear, not an alascattalo. We can't show you an alascattalo, because like George Spelvin, they also don't exist! The moose-walrus hybrid is a purely mythical beast, and serves as a sort of unofficial mascot for the U.S.'s most northern state.

21. November 20: Name Your Pc Day

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You spend enough time together. Shouldn't your best friend have a name?

22. November 22: National Start Your Own Country Day

If you’re over the pumpkin pie and family cheer, here’s a fun alternative to Thanksgiving. The apparent product of the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, National Start Your Own Country Day salutes those plucky—albeit potentially treasonous and/or imperialist—individuals who believe so strongly in self-determination that they might one day form their own nation-state.

23. November 23: Fibonacci Day

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Tip your hat to the famous sequence by staring at the glorious spirals in nature, rectangles in architecture, or talking a stroll down a winding staircase.

24. November 27: National Flossing Day

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You might have heard about that recent investigation that found that there's not much proof that flossing does anything for you, but you can go ahead and ignore that on this holiday. If nothing else, make sure you at least get some mental floss. Also: This is not a suggestion to floss just once a year.

25. November 27: National Sinkie Day

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A day for those who dine while standing above their kitchen sink, something you might do during your second Thanksgiving meal in the middle of the night (or the early morning hours of National Sinkie Day).

10 Reusable Gifts for Your Eco-Friendliest Friend

Disposable tea bags can't compete with this pla-tea-pus and his friends.
Disposable tea bags can't compete with this pla-tea-pus and his friends.
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By this point, your eco-friendly pal probably has a reusable water bottle that accompanies them everywhere and some sturdy grocery totes that keep their plastic-bag count below par. Here are 10 other sustainable gift ideas that’ll help them in their conservation efforts.

1. Reusable Produce Bags; $13

No more staticky plastic bags.Naturally Sensible/Amazon

The complimentary plastic produce bags in grocery stores aren’t great, but neither is having all your spherical fruits and vegetables roll pell-mell down the checkout conveyor belt. Enter the perfect alternative: mesh bags that are nylon, lightweight, and even machine-washable.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Animal Tea Infusers; $16

Nothing like afternoon tea with your tiny animal friends.DecorChic/Amazon

Saying goodbye to disposable tea bags calls for a quality tea diffuser, and there’s really no reason why it shouldn’t be shaped like an adorable animal. This “ParTEA Pack” includes a hippo, platypus, otter, cat, and owl, which can all hang over the edge of a glass or mug. (In other words, you won’t have to fish them out with your fingers or dirty a spoon when your loose leaf is done steeping.)

Buy it: Amazon

3. Rocketbook Smart Notebook; $25

Typing your notes on a tablet or laptop might save trees, but it doesn’t quite capture the feeling of writing on paper with a regular pen. The Rocketbook, on the other hand, does. After you’re finished filling a page with sketches, musings, or whatever else, you scan it into the Rocketbook app with your smartphone, wipe it clean with the microfiber cloth, and start again. This one also comes with a compatible pen, but any PILOT FriXion pens will do.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Food Huggers; $13

"I'm a hugger!"Food Huggers/Amazon

It’s hard to compete with the convenience of plastic wrap or tin foil when it comes to covering the exposed end of a piece of produce or an open tin can—and keeping those leftovers in food storage containers can take up valuable space in the fridge. This set of five silicone Food Huggers stretch to fit over a wide range of circular goods, from a lidless jar to half a lemon.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Swiffer Mop Pads; $15

For floors that'll shine like the top of the Chrysler Building.Turbo Microfiber/Amazon

Swiffers may be much less unwieldy than regular mops, but the disposable pads present a problem to anyone who likes to keep their trash output to a minimum. These machine-washable pads fasten to the bottom of any Swiffer WetJet, and the thick microfiber will trap dirt and dust instead of pushing it into corners. Each pad lasts for at least 100 uses, so you’d be saving your eco-friendly friend quite a bit of money, too.

Buy it: Amazon

6. SodaStream for Sparkling Water; $69

A fondness for fizzy over flat water doesn’t have to mean buying it bottled. Not only does the SodaStream let you make seltzer at home, but it’s also small enough that it won’t take up too much precious counter space. SodaStream also sells flavor drops to give your home-brewed beverage even more flair—this pack from Amazon ($25) includes mango, orange, raspberry, lemon, and lime.

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7. Washable Lint Roller; $13

Roller dirty.iLifeTech/Amazon

There’s a good chance that anyone with a pet (or just an intense dislike for lint) has lint-rolled their way through countless sticky sheets. iLifeTech’s reusable roller boasts “the power of glue,” which doesn’t wear off even after you’ve washed it. Each one also comes with a 3-inch travel-sized version, so you can stay fuzz-free on the go.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Countertop Compost Bin; $23

Like a tiny Tin Man for your table.Epica/Amazon

Even if you keep a compost pile in your own backyard, it doesn’t make sense to dash outside every time you need to dump a food scrap. A countertop compost bin can come in handy, especially if it kills odors and blends in with your decor. This 1.3-gallon pail does both. It’s made of stainless steel—which matches just about everything—and contains an activated-charcoal filter that prevents rancid peels and juices from stinking up your kitchen.

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9. Fabric-Softening Dryer Balls; $17

Also great for learning how to juggle without breaking anything.Smart Sheep

Nobody likes starchy, scratchy clothes, but some people might like blowing through bottles of fabric softener and boxes of dryer sheets even less. Smart Sheep is here to offer a solution: wool dryer balls. Not only do they last for more than 1000 loads, they also dry your laundry faster. And since they don’t contain any chemicals, fragrances, or synthetic materials, they’re a doubly great option for people with allergies and/or sensitive skin.

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10. Rechargeable Batteries; $40

Say goodbye to loose batteries in your junk drawer.eneloop/Amazon

While plenty of devices are rechargeable themselves, others still require batteries to buzz, whir, and change the TV channel—so it’s good to have some rechargeable batteries on hand. In addition to AA batteries, AAA batteries, and a charger, this case from Panasonic comes with tiny canisters that function as C and D batteries when you slip the smaller batteries into them.

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11 Fun Pop Culture Christmas Ornaments

Christmas ornaments for every pop culture passion.
Christmas ornaments for every pop culture passion.
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If there’s one place you can find Bob Ross, Jack Skellington, and Baby Yoda (besides the nearest Spirit Halloween store in October), it’s probably on a Christmas tree. The festive indoor evergreens offer the perfect opportunity for us to show off our varied pop culture passions. Help your friends and family fill every branch this holiday season with these 11 eye-catching ornaments from all their favorite fandoms.

1. Baby Yoda Ornament; $43

The Christmas spirit is strong with this one.Hallmark/Amazon

Every fan of The Mandalorian deserves to have Baby Yoda rocking sweetly in a pram on a branch of their Christmas tree. This one measures about 3 inches by 3 inches, and according to one reviewer, there’s enough space between the Child and the top of the pram to “perch a gift card for an extra special present.”

Buy it: Amazon

2. The Office “World’s Best Boss” Mug Ornament; $9

A not-so-corporate Christmas.Hallmark/Amazon

Whether or not Michael Scott lived up to the statement on his mug is debatable, but he’s definitely one of the most memorable bosses of all time. The serial The Office binge-watcher on your gift list will surely get the joke, and everyone else will just think that person happens to be a really great manager.

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3. A Christmas Story Leg Lamp Ornament; $19

It's glorious!Hallmark/Amazon

A full-sized model of the infamous leg lamp from A Christmas Story might not jive with every decorating scheme, but this pint-sized one is perfect for any Christmas tree—especially if that tree belongs to someone who considers watching the film an important holiday tradition. The ornament even lights up when you pull the cord.

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4. Bob Ross “Happy Accidents” Ornament; $13

Makes a nice trinket for an art studio during the off-season.Kurt Adler/Amazon

Anyone who learned to paint with Bob Ross might appreciate making him part of their Christmas celebration (even if the evergreens in their paintings don’t quite look like the one in their living room). This smiling figurine holds a palette with one of Ross’s most important lessons: “There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.”

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5. Hermione Granger Ornament; $27

"It's 'Levi-OH-sa.'"Hallmark/Amazon

Fictional though she may be, Hermione Granger has truly been a role model for clever kids (and adults) who know books hold the answers to just about everything. You’re probably already buying them a book for Christmas—here’s the ideal ornament to gift with it. It’s part of Hallmark’s “Storyteller” series, which plays scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when all the ornaments are connected with the special power cord (available from Amazon for $29). Other pieces in the series include Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hagrid, Dumbledore, and Hogwarts.

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6. Jack Skellington Ornament; $9

Nothing like doffing your head to wish someone a merry Christmas.Hallmark/Amazon

Strong opinions abound when it comes to deciding whether 1993’s A Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie. If you know someone who’s particularly outspoken about calling it a Christmas flick, you can help them prove their point by adding a Jack Skellington ornament to their Christmas tree.

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7. Stranger Things’ Dustin and Demogorgon Ornament; $13

Ready to turn the holidays upside down.Kurt Adler/Amazon

There’s a good chance the ’80s nostalgist in your life thinks a baby Demogorgon is a necessary Christmas tree fixture. If it happens to be held by a grinning Dustin Henderson? Even better. If your budget is higher, you can spring for the whole Stranger Things crew—Dustin, Lucas, Mike, Will, and an Eggo-wielding Eleven are $100 altogether.

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8. Buddy the Elf and Narwhal Ornament; $20

There's room for everyone on the nice list.Hallmark/Amazon

Though the narwhal only made a brief appearance in 2003’s Elf, his line “Bye Buddy, hope you find your dad!” was iconic enough to earn him a spot on this charming ornament (which actually plays that scene aloud). Everyone knows at least one Will Ferrell fanatic who has the whole movie memorized; this gift symbolizes your permission to let them recite the entire thing on Christmas morning.

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9. Schitt’s Creek Rose Apothecary Ornament; $25

David would approve.Living the Dream/Amazon

Schitt's Creek's David Rose would probably look upon most kitschy pop culture ornaments with derision, so it’s only fitting for his fans to adorn their trees with something classy—like this handmade porcelain and leather ornament from Living the Dream. It’s not actually a product from Rose Apothecary, but it sure seems like it could be.

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10. Doctor Who TARDIS Ornament; $10

The TARDIS looks lovely in snow.Kurt Adler/Amazon

With multiple Christmas specials in the history of Doctor Who, it’s no surprise that most avid viewers consider the holiday an integral part of the show as a whole. Help them celebrate with this 4.5-inch replica of the TARDIS, complete with flashing lights that one Amazon reviewer called “freakin’ EPIC.”

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11. The Year Without a Santa Claus Heat Miser Ornament; $19

He's Mr. One Hundred and One.Hallmark/Amazon

For many, it doesn’t start to seem like Christmas until they’ve watched at least a few Rankin/Bass holiday specials. And while classic characters like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman are common Christmas tree occupants, the same can’t be said for Heat Miser, one half of the polarizing fraternal duo from 1974’s The Year Without a Santa Claus. This hilarious ornament will add some pizzazz to any empty branch.

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