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!

Snowflakes on Demand

If you’d rather not invest in holiday-themed décor, work with what you have around the house. For some snowflakes your own little snowflakes will have so much fun making, all you need is parchment paper, a glue gun, and Muslin & Merlot’s tutorial for Glue Gun Snowflakes. (Her free snowflake printable is also available here.) You’ll have wintry, one-of-a-kind décor for windows and tabletops, even the tree!

Photo: Muslin & Merlot

  • 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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