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!

A Way to Use Those Mini Pumpkins

One of our favorite festive symbols is the pumpkin. These adorable and delicious gourds are a fun part of the party atmosphere for Halloween and beyond. One of the more creative ways to use them on your table is creating pumpkin bowls for soup, dip, or as a funky ice chest. Incorporate the pumpkin into your Thanksgiving meal in an exciting way that will make your dinner a holiday hit.

photo: ccharmon 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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