27 Hacks To Help You Prep For The Holidays

November 15, 2022

Set of many white-red gift boxes, ribbon, bows and wrapping paper on red table. Flat lay style
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If holiday prep has you stressed out, we have rounded up 27 tips and trips to help lighten everyone's workload this season. From budget-friendly DIY decor to clean-up and storage hacks, deck the halls with our favorite holiday life hacks.

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Use a potato peeler on chocolate to create shavings for garnishing drinks and desserts.
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Use green tinsel to make a small tree look fuller.
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Freeze whipped cream in an ice tray or on a cookie sheet and cut into cubes for your hot chocolate.
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Make cute ornaments out of dead light bulbs.
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Clean out a condiment bottle and fill it with pancake mix for easy pouring.
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Paint your fall pumpkins white and stack them to create snowmen.
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Use a hanging shoe organizer to organize all of your supplies in one place! Cut the bottoms of the shoe pockets so a large roll of wrapping paper can fit.
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Make a snow 'globe' with a mason jar.
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Hang tiny round mirrors in your tree that reflect the lights. This will create the illusion that you have twice as many lights on your tree!
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Make your own tiered food tray or cake plate by hot gluing candleholders to charge plates.
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When making holiday-shaped sugar cookies: for every cup of flour, substitute a tablespoon of flour for a tablespoon of cornstarch. Sift both together to keep your fun sugar cookie shapes from spreading too much!
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Tie heavier ornaments on your tree with green pipe cleaners.
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Decorate brown kraft paper to use as gift wrap.
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Cut coffee filters into snowflakes.
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Reuse an old sweater you were planning on throwing out to make a slipcover for a throw pillow.
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Cut a toilet paper tube down the middle, then wrap it with aluminum foil to create a decorative clasp to stop wrapping paper from unraveling.
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If you can't find an extension cord holder, you can use a piece of cardboard or a hanger.
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Use an extension cord holder to organize a string of Christmas lights.
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Christmas balls
Use an empty container of eggs for ornament storage.
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Sign up for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime for the month of December.
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Cranberry Sauce over French Toast
Use leftover egg nog instead of milk to make French toast.
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For iPhone Users: If you receive several gift cards to different stores this season and want to keep track of them, go to the Reminders app, hit “Remind me at location” and add the stores where your gift cards work.
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Messy living room at Christmas
Use a cardboard box wrapped in gift paper to throw garbage in while you’re unwrapping presents to avoid this:
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Woman wrapping gifts at home
Buy wrapping paper and decorations the week after Christmas when they're on sale. This stuff never goes out of style!
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Shop for discounts on off season items like grills and air conditioners.
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Use a bread clip as a handle for easy access to the edge of a roll of tape. If you don't have a bread clip, you could use a coin instead.
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Group of Christmas gifts in front of tree.
Instead of gift tags, use specific wrapping paper for each family member if someone in your home can't resist peeking at their gifts early.
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