Holiday Checklist: A Lot To Do In December!

There’s not much time left before Christmas to do a lot of things, so here’s our whirlwind holiday checklist for these last few weeks.

Decorations
Holiday Checklist: A Lot To Do In December
Time to get the tree, decorate it, and dust off all the Christmas decorations. Turn on the Christmas music and this job is a lot more fun. Get this free holiday garland printable!

Send out those Christmas Cards
Kids can help with stamps and address labels. Make it a family project. See note about Christmas music above.

Display your cards
Holiday Checklist: A Lot To Do In December
One inexpensive decorating idea is to display the Christmas cards you receive. They make a colorful holiday display whether you put them on your fridge, mantel, or create a unique place to show them off. Check out our Pinterest board for some fun ideas!

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Homemade Christmas gift ideas from Our Holly Days

Our Holly Days is another one of our beloved Pearistas. Holly decided to create a DIY Elf-ing Treat using Pear Tree’s Christmas notelettes. We love homemade Christmas gift ideas and we wanted to share this one with our readers. Enjoy!

J & I have the sweetest neighbors. They are always bringing over toys for the boys to play with & sneaking them Squeez-It’s on hot days. Sometimes they bring their cat out to let the boys pet her & they always stop to listen to their stories.

I think elf-ing your neighbors is such a sweet idea & it’s a tradition that J & I decided to start with the kids this year. I had some extra apple butter from the batch I made, so we decided to use it for the neighbors’ elf treat. And Pear Tree’s sweet new Christmas Notelettes & Christmas gift tags/personalized stickers are perfect for elf-ing!

Christmas Notelette Idea

Isn’t this just the sweetest little thing? Anything that is miniature is automatically 10x cuter. Besides, homemade apple butter. I went ahead & brushed off both my mom win & awesome neighbor shoulders for this one.

Christmas Notelette Idea

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Pet Peeve: Cards that cost as much as the gift

Notelettes for giftsThere are many kinds of gifts, some extravagant, some simple, some thoughtful, some obligatory. This time of year we bring gifts wherever we go, and the expense can really add up—especially when the gift wrap and a card cost almost as much as the gift itself!

Gone are the days of attaching a card to every gift. These days, if I buy a card, the card IS the gift, usually with cash or a gift card tucked inside. But sometimes I do want to write a special message to accompany a gift—when I won’t be there to hand it to the recipient in person, for example. For these occasions, I look for inexpensive but tasteful gift card ideas, and have found that our mini note cards are perfect for this.

Mini note cards are about the size of a business card or gift card from a store. They are too small to be mailed, but are perfect for tucking into a bouquet of flowers, attaching to a bottle of wine, or taping to a gift like a gift tag. These personalized cards gives you just enough room to express your thanks or good wishes without doubling the cost of your gift. And sometimes that’s all you need.

See our collection of mini note cards for gift card ideas for every occasion. And for more useful gift ideas, keep reading our blog.

Whose Gift Is It? Gift Wrapping Ideas for Kids

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One of the moms here at Pear Tree Greetings used one of our Christmas gift wrapping ideas as a special surprise for her 3-year old daughter. She ordered a set of Christmas gift tags for each of her children, with their photos on them, so that on Christmas morning when her daughter was looking through the gifts under the tree she could easily find the ones meant for her.

“It really added an element of fun and excitement to the morning as we watched her face light up each time she found one.” Their son was old enough to read, so for him the photo on the gift tag was simply for decoration. “Funny thing was, our daughter was just as excited to find gifts for him. She loved being in charge and handing out all the gifts as though she could ‘read’ the tags.” This Christmas gift wrapping idea made for such a nice memory, they are going to do it again this year.

Keep reading our blog for more gift ideas and kids ideas, and be sure to check out our collection of Christmas gift tags, some with photos and some without!

It’s homemade—the best kind of gift!

Gift tagsMany of us love to bake during the holiday season, and share our treats with friends and neighbors. Cookies, fudge, toffee, dipped pretzels, popcorn balls, flavored oils and vinegars, liqueurs—whatever you love to make is what makes those great homemade Christmas gift ideas, because they comes from the heart.

I love opening the door to our friendly neighbor, who is hand delivering her annual gift of chocolate-covered toffee. We exchange holiday greetings and catch up on the neighborhood news. She, like everyone I know who shares the gift of their cooking, simply loves to do things for others and never expects anything more than a happy greeting in return.

Many people have favorite homemade Christmas gift ideas—usually something they’re very good at and make every year. Often, the unique packaging or festive wrapping is just as creative as the gift inside. I especially love the Christmas gift tags that proudly proclaim who made them, or the labels that make it look like they came from a professional kitchen. Personalized stickers make great labels for jars and boxes, while tie-on Christmas gift tags work well for cellophane wrapped or bagged gifts.

Even if you don’t make your own gifts this holiday season, you can make your own gift tags and keep enough on hand for those last-minute hostess gifts or gift exchanges. A gift tag that says “Holiday Greetings” makes any gift, even a bottle of wine, feel more personal.

Shop our Christmas gift tags for stickers and tags that will give your homemade gifts a personal touch. And for more gift ideas, keep reading our blog.

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