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!

So You Don’t Have to Fight the Grocery Store Crowds

Baking is one of the best parts of the holiday season, but what if you run out of baking powder for your festive confections? We have a simple solution. To get 1 teaspoon baking powder, mix ¼ teaspoon baking soda with ½ teaspoon cream of tartar, and voila! You’ll never run out of this baking essential again.

photo: Gabby Cullen

  • 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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