Christmas is a month-long state of mind for me. This festive time of loved ones, parties, gifts, and religious celebrations is so special.
Christmas Hack #1
Let's Get Christmasy
These Christmas hacks are just shortcuts and thrifty tips that I've discovered along the way. Some may be new ideas to you and I hope you'll find a couple that fit you so that your Christmas is easier, more fun, or more thrifty.
I've sprinkled in some tips, crafts, videos to watch, and hope that one of them hits the spot for you.
I'd love to hear your tips for a better Christmas, so when you get to the end, share your ideas with all of us.
Turn a Sock Into a Snowman
- Instead of ordering things sent to your home, wrapping them, and then paying postage to ship them again, have them shipped directly to the recipient. For instance, have a gift for your mother shipped to your father (and he can wrap it and put it under their tree). If you don't have another person to receive and wrap the gift, you can have it wrapped and sent by some online companies.
Mail Bows Without Squashing Them
A Tip for Refreshing Crushed Bows
Use a hairdryer to soften and fluff them, while you smooth the loops with your finger. Don't get the dryer too close or some might melt. Almost as good as new!
(Thanks, Melody T. for this tip)
Crafts And Activities Keep Children Occupied
Children get excited about the holiday and feel like Christmas Day will never come. Keep them occupied with decorating, gift making, and fun crafts. Here's a video that makes turns regular clothespins into Christmas decorations.
My mother showed us how to make a reindeer with clothespins. Thirty years later, I still have those reindeer decorating my tree.
Christmas Fun for Kids - Clothespin Crafts
Have Something Too Big to Wrap?
Add fun by hiding an oversized gift or one that's awkward to wrap. Set up a scavenger hunt with clues. First, they open a box that's empty except for instructions on where to look next. Put another clue at that location, and keep them following the clues until it leads them to the gift. It could be hidden in the car, in a closet, under the bed, or wherever you have a safe space for it.
Quick Hacks for a Better Christmas
- Store your rolls of holiday wrapping paper in a hanging garment bag. It keeps it from getting damaged and takes up minimal space in the closet. Slip inexpensive ponytail elastics over each roll to keep the paper snug on the roll. These hold up longer than plain rubber bands which can dry out and stick to the paper or simply break.
- Check on NextDoor Neighbors (free and sale section) and in a local FreeCycle group for inexpensive or free items. Do this before you start gift shopping. It might shorten your list quite a bit.
- Cut the front off the Christmas cards you received last year. Use them as postcards. You'll save on cost of stamps and cards.
Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh for Longer
What can you do if your package gets stuck in the mail and isn't going to arrive in time for Christmas?
If it is for your immediate family, you can print out an online picture of the item. Put that in a gift box and wrap it. Include an explanation that it is on its way.
The person has the fun of opening a present, even though they can't hold the actual gift in their hand yet.
This year, with the gridlock in the post office from the massive online ordering, bad weather, loss of postal sorting machines, etc. there are sure to be some things that just won't arrive in a timely fashion.
Now, It's Your Turn
Tell us one of your Christmas hacks to make December more fun, easier, more thrifty, and less harried. Share your idea in the comments section. Thank You!!!
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