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TikTokers around the world are swapping houses with strangers, ‘The Holiday’-style

Make like Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz – and definitely, totally find your dream guy

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson

We’ve all got our favourite Christmas movie. Yours might be the enjoyably chaotic Elf. Or the charming, marmalade-infused world of Paddington. For lots of people, though, The Holiday hits the spot. It follows English village resident Iris (Kate Winslet) and glamorous US socialite Amanda (Cameron Diaz) as they swap homes for the holidays – and fall in love with their dream guys in the process. 

Sounds like a fantasy, right? Well, some people on TikTok are using the 2006 film as a template for their own life.

If you’re up for swapping your house for an ‘apartment in the best part of LA’, user @savannahmilss has got you.


Serious inquiries only. Bonus points if you have a hot, single brother. #theholiday #nyc #williamsburg #losangeles #silverlake

♬ The holiday theme - <3

A South London-based interiors TikToker named @thistimeincolour is also up for sharing their extremely well-decorated home.


Let’s do it The Holiday style, except no love interest expected! It doesn’t have to be fancy! Switch or duet 🥰 #theholiday #homeexchange

♬ The holiday theme - <3

This minimalist harbour-front house in Boston is looking to switch, too.


Serious inquiries only. Bonus points if you have a hot, single brother. #theholiday #boston

♬ The holiday theme - <3

Grace Gagnon, who uploaded the video, says she’s looking for ‘serious enquiries only’ – with bonus points for a ‘hot, single brother’ like in the film. The clip has already had three million views, and she’s apparently already received thousands of offers.

Of course, we suspect the experience might not quite as romantic as it is in the movie. Cameron Diaz never has to work out the bin collection times or who feeds the cat, for example. You might well have to do that. And do you really want someone sneaking a look inside your drawers and putting their weird food in your fridge, anyway? Maybe. Maybe you do. And in that case: we wish you luck. We’re suuure Jude is waiting.

Want to get in the festive spirit, like, now? Here are the 60 best Christmas songs of all time.

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