Genius Christmas Hacks For An Easier Festive Season

Jennifer Buttner


December 1, 2018

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We know how busy life as a parent is and Christmas can be extra busy with parties to attend, Santa visits, tree decorating and present buying! So here are some Genius Christmas Hacks to help make life easier for you this festive season.

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Anything that helps save time as you get organised for Christmas is a good thing in our book. We have picked out some fab ideas to make decorating, un-decorating, wrapping and generally getting into the Christmas spirit quick and easy!

Genius Christmas Hacks For An Easier Festive Season

#1. Shadow Box Christmas Decoration

IKEA RIBBA frames can be quickly transformed into Shadow Box Decorations, by simply removing the glass, replacing the glass with a backing board and then decorating the ledge.

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#2. Wrap Christmas Tree Lights for Storage

Tangled Christmas tree lights will be a thing of the past, with this ingeniously simple method of wrapping your lights around a hanger!

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#3. Keep Wrapping Paper Tidy With Cardboard Rolls

We love this simple idea from The Cheese Thief to prevent your unfinished rolls of wrapping paper from unrolling! Use a toilet roll as a cuff to go over your roll. Or use an end piece of another roll of wrapping paper to form the tube and cellotape it.

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#4. Christmas Ornament Storage

Use an old egg carton to store your smaller delicate Christmas ornaments, a great idea from One Good Thing.

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#5. Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

Make Christmas countdown fun this year and follow‘s suggestion to transform a muffin tin into a super cute and re-useable Advent Calendar with some themed paper, magnets and some treats.

Include some festive ideas in each day, like watch a Christmas movie, write your letter to Santa etc.

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#6. Candy Cane Playdough

This homemade candy cane playdough is easy and fun to make, and would make a lovely inexpensive present for kids. You’ll find the instructions on the The Artful Parent website.

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#7. Personalised Christmas Decorations

Add some of your family’s personality to your Christmas tree by personalising some plain baubles, with your child’s handprint. Instructions on the sheknows website. Wouldn’t this make a lovely Christmas gift for grandparents?


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#8. Simple Gift Box for Cookies

Isn’t this a gorgeous idea from Aunt Peaches? Save your foil and parchment roll boxes, and transform them into lovely gift boxes for cookies. Just cover the sharp cutter edge, paint the outside, line with parchment paper, and voila!


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#9. Make Cute Elf Treats from Cheerios

How about making these adorable Elf donuts? You could leave them out for Santa to take home to his Elves on Christmas Eve or maybe your Elf on the Shelf would appreciate them!

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  • 12 Cheerios
  • 50g milk chocolate
  • Multi-coloured sprinkles
  • Icing sugar
  • Cinnamon


  1. Melt your chocolate in the microwave in a heat proof bowl, or in a heat proof bowl over a pan of boiling water, stirring until melted.
  2. Dip each cheerio into the melted chocolate then 4 are dipped into the cinnamon, 4 into the sprinkles and 4 into the icing sugar.
  3. Then place into a match box or small gift box lined with parchment paper.

#10. Elf Hat Napkins

Impress your guests on Christmas Day with some simple napkin art. I just adore these Elf Hat Napkins from Good Housekeeping, so cute for the Christmas dinner table!


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#11. Dip Cookie Cutters in Flour

To stop your cookie cutters from sticking to your Christmas cookie or gingerbread dough, just dip your cookie cutter into some flour before you cut out the next cookie/gingerbread man!

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#12. Easy Christmas Place Card Holder

Cute idea from industrious justice. Glue some candy canes together for a quick and easy festive place card or menu holder.


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#13. Make Snowflake Cream For Hot Chocolate

Make these cute Snowflakes for your hot chocolate. Just whip some cream, spread onto a tray, freeze for an hour then use a snowflake cutter to cut out your Snowflake creams. They will melt into your hot chocolate nicely!

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Over to you now. Do you have any more Christmas Hacks that you have found handy? Share them with us in the comments below.

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