The holiday season is in full swing, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Traditions evolve, and what worked once can always be improved on in ways that can save everyone time, money and stress. Below are five of the quickest tips for you save all three and enjoy the holidays!
Two-Sided Wrapping Paper.
Use two-sided wrapping paper to save on cost and waste. Many companies provide wrapping paper in larger rolls with a different design on each side. Not only does this cut down on your costs when buying paper, but larger rolls last longer – you can even get inventive with the wrapping paper and create little family traditions with them – and reduce the amount of waste overall each year.
Send e-Christmas cards to cut down on postage and make them more permanent. We only have so much space, and as endearing as they are, Christmas cards don’t stick around forever. An e-Christmas card, however, can stick around in an inbox for years. And not just generic ones, either. With new software and video technology, your Christmas cards can be personalized for everyone you send them to and also be more inventive than in the past.
Make Old Crafts New Again
Teach the kids how to make crafty gifts to save money and teach them some fun skills. Kids can save their allowances by creating crafty gifts for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Whether it’s a photo frame out of popsicle sticks or a series of bookmarks from old photos, they can create gifts that will last forever and be functional all from things around the home.
Go through old clothes that you haven’t worn – making room for new Christmas clothes coming in! We know, it’s Christmas and “clothes are coming.” Where will they all go? We guarantee there are probably some clothes hidden away that haven’t seen the light of day in nearly a year.
If so, now is the time to clear them out, knowing that, undoubtedly, more are on the way. Charities and donation centres across Canada are always looking for used fall and winter clothing this time of year, now is better than ever to send your gently used clothing their way, and we’re always here for a quick pickup, even during the holiday!
Group Online Gifts
Save money and on shipping costs and avoid waste by grouping all your family’s online shopping together. It can be exhausting to prepare all the online gifts for your family, especially if Dad won’t tell you what he wants until the last minute. What’s worse is the mess when it all arrives. Dealing with 10 or 20 different packages makes this more difficult and, worse, more cluttered this time of year. If you’re lucky enough, though, you can get everyone’s gifts online AND in one shipment. Set a deadline for any gift lists so that you can order everything at once. This will cut down on multiple shipping costs as well as multiple receiving dates and the clutter all in one. You may have to badger some of those you know who take their time with gift orders, but it will all be worth it in the end.