If the anticipation, prep, and list-checking of the holidays sends you into a holi-daze, we have creative hacks at the ready. Whether you are looking for easy and affordable gift ideas, upcycled decorations, or fun ways to involve the kids, flip through the slideshow for ideas that will kick your holiday spirit up a notch. Oh, and there’s chocolate!

Give Your Chocolate a Warm Bath

The holidays and baking often go hand in hand. And seasoned chocolate melters know time is of the essence with that gooey goodness. By putting a bowl of melted chocolate in a slow cooker water bath, the chocolate will stay plenty pliable (We love how The Yummy Life melted peanut butter chips and regular and white chocolate all in one go.). Then the kids can take their time dipping and drizzling cookies, pretzels, fruit, popcorn, peppermint bark, and other favorite snacks.

photo: Monica Matheny via The Yummy Life

  • candy-cane-place-cards via Krazy Coupon Lady
  • OrnamentCups-cc-sukigirl74 via Flickr
  • christmas-chalk-tape2 via Krazy Coupon Lady
  • SnowmanPumpkin-cc-Jason Meredith via Flickr
  • LetterToSanta-cc-Owen and Aki via Flickr
  • GlueGunSnowflakes via Muslin & Merlot
  • CandySleighs via Ellyn's Place
  • santa-footprints-via-little-hiccups.jpg
  • CardboardFireplace-cc-Christchurch City Libraries via Flickr

Do you have any holiday hacks? Share with us in a Comment below!

— Jennifer Massoni Pardini

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