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!

Hot Glue to the Rescue (Again)

Getting holiday twinkle lights to stay put on your home's outside exterior can be a challenge—especially when it's brick. But, when you apply hot glue in exactly the right spot, you can get lights to stick to porous surfaces in no time. This step-by-step tutorial and video from Christmas Decorators will help you get the job done.

photo: Plusea via Flickr

  • 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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