Top 10 Christmas Life Hacks
People say that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. However, for many of us, it can be pretty stressful. There is food to prepare, decorations to put up, and presents to buy and wrap. All whilst making sure the family has a fabulously festive time together and you make memories because, you know, it’s Christmas! Whilst there are some things you will want to get done, taking a step back and realising that it’s the people around you, not the things you do, can be a big help. For other things though, you might need a couple of time-saving tips to get you through. Let’s have a look at 10 Christmas life hacks to use this festive season.
DIY Gift Vouchers
If you are struggling to think of a gift for someone, or simply don’t have the cash to buy one, we’ve got a great idea for you. Create some gift vouchers and give them out with gifts of time written on them. It could be free babysitting for your brother and sister-in-law so they can go out for a date night together. Perhaps you can offer a year’s worth of lawn mowing to your best friend or some dog walking vouchers to your colleague. Whilst you’ll have to put time and effort into this, it can be a much more personable gift to give, whilst also saving you some cash.
Next on our list of Christmas life hacks is photographs. To make gift-giving that little bit easier, print out some little stickers with people’s faces on them. Then you can stick them on the gifts you wrap up for your nearest and dearest. Much easier than finding a tag, writing on it, and then tying it to the gift. Slap the recipient’s face onto the box and sling it under the tree. Job done!
Advent Acts Of Kindness
Lots of people view the build-up to Christmas as the season of goodwill. Whilst we might love a little piece of chocolate every morning when we open up an advent calendar, how about creating a family advent calendar with acts of kindness behind each door? You could ask an elderly neighbour if they’d like their driveway cleared when it snows. You could pay for the order of the person behind you in the drive-through. Maybe you could pop a bunch of flowers on a stranger’s doorstep or speak to someone brand new in a cafe. Acts of kindness can make someone’s day, so use the season of goodwill to bring some smiles!
What skills do you have so you could handmake some gifts and maybe even food items, rather than buying them? This could be decorations. Why buy a new wreath if you could handcraft one yourself? You could even combine the two ideas to create things to give away as presents. If you are an expert baker, how about making Christmas cakes this year? You’ll need to make them ahead of time but you could make a batch so you can give three or four away and also have one left for your family. Going handmade is one of the greatest Christmas life hacks!
Chill Your Drinks Outside
Next up on our list of Christmas life hacks is all about food and space. Do you find that at Christmas time you never have any space in your fridge? We often buy lots of food and, especially before the turkey gets put in the oven, the fridge has zero space to put extra things in. One of the best things to do if you are wanting to chill drinks, is to put them outside. We might as well make use of the cold weather afterall! You can put a bucket of water outside and throw some cans of drink in it. They’ll get a nice chill to them in no time at all! Then, when you want a drink, pop your hand out the back door and grab one. Be sure to replace it with another can so you always have a cold one for anybody who pops in with a Christmas card!
Do you get sick of throwing away bin bags full of wrapping paper every year? How about getting some reusable wrap this year? Simple colourful fabric can be a great way to wrap your gifts and also refrain from wasting paper. So much of the wrap these days actually cannot be recycled too, so you’ll avoid sending stuff to the landfill. Offcuts of fabric can be fairly affordable and can be used over and over and over again.
Store Your Lights Like A Superhero
Christmas lights can be a nightmare. Somehow they become tangled to the point of no return. The first thing to remember is that they will never fit back in the box they came in. It’s pretty much impossible to do that! You can though, use that cardboard box to wrap them around. This will ensure that they don’t get tangled up and you can use them year after year. It might seem like hassle, but by putting a few minutes in at the end of the Christmas season, will mean you don’t get stressed with those lights the next time you get them out!
Label, Label, Label
When we talk about putting things away for next Christmas, it is so important to label everything. If you have decorations in the dining room, put them all in one box and label the box. That way, when you get it out of storage, you know exactly where it needs to go without even looking inside. Do this for all your boxes and you’ll be able to put everything in the right place, then decorate as and when you get the time.
It can be so easy to pick up a gift set off the shelves. But where is the thought behind that? When you create your own Christmas hampers for your loved ones, you’ll be able to stick to a budget whilst making something unique. Think about the person you are buying for and shop around for bargains.
Make Time To Enjoy Yourself
Christmas can be a little stressful at times. Whilst you might think about perfect gifting, making memories, and saving money, you also need to think about yourself. Make time for yourself. Craft out some time so you can actually enjoy the Christmas season. Otherwise, what are you doing it all for?
We hope that these Christmas life hacks help you out during the festivities. Have a wonderful time!