Want some warm and fuzzy feelings this holiday season? How about just a giggle to help wash down Grandma’s fruitcake?
We’re here to help. We’ve created a list of the nine best holiday commercials for your viewing pleasure — consider it our gift to you:
1. Sainsbury’s tugs at the heartstrings using an infamous war story
One of the coolest things about this ad is that it actually happened — sort of.
Be warned — we’re starting this list off with a bucket of the tears you’re probably going to shed after watching this:
2. Everyone needs a friend, including pets
Have you ever wanted a pet penguin? Well, you’ll want one now. The British department store John Lewis has released a holiday ad featuring a young boy and his pet penguin. It might just be the most adorable thing we’ve ever seen.
3. Anna Kendrick is probably the funniest person trapped on a porch ever
Let’s lighten it up a bit, shall we? Actress Anna Kendrick stars in this ad for Kate Spade that’s more about her sense of humor than it is designer clothes.
4. UPS makes a kid’s day by making him a driver
What do you do when your company’s biggest fan is 4-year-old Carson? You make his day by turning him into the most adorable delivery driver in the world.
5. Dads pull out awesome dance moves in holiday sweaters
A majority of our dads have horrible dance skills ready to use at any chance to embarrass us. It’s a dad’s job, after all. But not these dudes. They tear it up in their holiday sweaters.
6. Families make the holidays happen
OK, we’re back to the tearjerkers. This commercial reminds us that not everyone is home to celebrate with loved ones and the importance of family, all in one fell swoop. Do you have your Kleenex ready?
7. Remember, the holidays are about people, not things
Sometimes, the holiday season gets way too wrapped up in gifts, events and shopping. But when you get down to it, the season is about spreading joy. Coca-Cola reminds us of that.
8. A thoughtful gift always beats a gift card
You know the bazillion commercials we see during the holiday season urging us to buy the hot new item or just score an easy gift card for the present pile? Apple wants to remind you a thoughtful gift always takes the cake.
9. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard show you how an adorable Christmas works
In case you’re unaware, Bell and Shepard are an adorable couple. Not the makes-you-want-to-puke adorable, but the wow-I’m-jealous adorable. Watch how they perfectly decorate their perfect house in one day. It’s impossible, but it’s fun.