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How to survive the holidays – down to a science.

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The holidays can be stressful.

From balancing baubles, to marathon gift-wrapping, to ruthless stampedes in the mall – your to-do list can be overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve got surviving the holidays down to a science.

At 3M, we apply science to solving some of your toughest challenges. With 46 core technology platforms, we work to improve every business, home, and life – from helping you have fresher air at home, to reliable healing, to helping re-imagine the world’s energy.

This year, we wanted to use 3M Science to help give you a stress-free holiday.

Here are our top 10 tips for surviving the holidays with 3M Product essentials.

Top 10 tips: the science of surviving the holidays.


  1. Make your list and check it twice. Use Post-it® Notes to help keep you organized this holiday season.
  2. Give your guests a warm welcome. Hang your outdoor wreath on a Command™ Outdoor Large Metal Hook. It’s specifically designed for outdoor use and can hold up to five pounds.
  3. Online shopping this year? Keep your trigger finger in fighting form. The 3M™ Gel Wrist Rest for Mouse Pad will help keep you comfortable as you surf the web.
  4. Do your gift-wrapping skills leave something to be desired? Use Scotch® Magic™ Tape to smooth out seams and help you camouflage less than ideal wrap jobs.
  5. Don’t let a gift-wrapping paper cut slow you down. Nexcare™ Comfort Bandages can help seal and protect, so you can enjoy the holiday.
  6. The worst thing about holiday dinners? The clean-up. Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge is equipped with 3M’s Non-Woven Web technology to help remove tough, baked-on messes.
  7. Need some peace and quiet? From the busy malls and grocery stores, to run-ins with your in-laws, protect your ears (and your nerves) with 3M™ E-A-R™ Classic Uncorded Earplugs.
  8. Are your walls looking worse for the wear? Touch up scuffs and scratches before your guests arrive, using ScotchBlue™ ORIGINAL Painter’s Tape to keep your paint job crisp without damaging the drywall.
  9. Are your strings of lights getting tangled? Is your garland hanging just a little too low? Use 3M™ NO RESIDUE Duct Tape for temporary hold and quick fixes.
  10. You love your pet, but you don’t want to take them to the holiday party with you. Use a Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller to get rid of stray fur and keep you looking party-ready.

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