Christmas Hacks

To help you #GetYourStripes and enjoy a well deserved rest in your PJ’s this festive season, we’ve teamed up with a variety of bloggers to give you their best Christmas hacks that will save you precious time and take the stress out of Christmas.

Christmas with a Young Family

Christmas Wardrobe Essentials

Cooking the Christmas Dinner

Shopping for Gifts

Ways to Cheat Christmas Food

Christmas Preparation

It's one of our favourite yet most hectic times of the year, but as you may know, Christmas Eve can create a lot of that pre-Christmas stress. Blogger Laura Summers-Bates shows how anyone can keep their cool and stay organised, with her Christmas Eve tips that will help save on precious time.

Her essential tips include advice on making wrapping feel like less work, easy pre-Christmas dinner prep solutions and ways to focus bouncing kids’ energy to keep everyone happy. So, you can #GetYourStripes and have some extra time (and perhaps a well deserved mince pie) to yourself.

Dressing a Christmas tree

It's one of our favourite yet most hectic times of the year, but as you may know, Christmas Eve can create a lot of that pre-Christmas stress. Blogger Laura Summers-Bates shows how anyone can keep their cool and stay organised, with her Christmas Eve tips that will help save on precious time.

Her essential tips include advice on making wrapping feel like less work, easy pre-Christmas dinner prep solutions and ways to focus bouncing kids’ energy to keep everyone happy. So, you can #GetYourStripes and have some extra time (and perhaps a well deserved mince pie) to yourself.

Dressing a Christmas tree

Blogger, Emma Martin, from Life at the Little Wood reveals her top tips on how to make your Christmas tree look beautifully elegant with minimal effort.

Top tip: “Stand your tree on a small box or stool to elevate it slightly. This can really help if you have particularly high ceilings or a small tree that is hidden by furniture. You can disguise the box and tree stand with a tree skirt.”

Dressing a Christmas tree

Blogger, Emma Martin from Life at the Littlewood, reveals her top tips on how to make your Christmas tree look beautifully elegant with minimal effort.

Top tip: “Stand your tree on a small box or stool to elevate it slightly. This can really help if you have particularly high ceilings or a small tree that is hidden by furniture. You can disguise the box and tree stand with a tree skirt.”

Setting a table

Creating the perfect table decor to wow your guests at Christmas has never been easier, and with Kids Craft Room blogger Emma Smith’s hacks, you can transform your own dining table into the ultimate rustic retreat. Her easy tips will give easy-to-access items such as pine cones and simple candles a new, gorgeous look at Christmas. So, setting the table is now one less thing for you to worry about.

Emma says: “You can make each of these Christmas crafts in just minutes which frees you up to enjoy the festive time of year with friends and family.”

Setting a table

Creating the perfect table decor to wow your guests at Christmas has never been easier, and with Kids Craft Room blogger Emma Smith’s, hacks you can transform your own dining table into the ultimate rustic retreat. Her easy tips will give easy-to-access items such as pine cones and simple candles a new, gorgeous look at Christmas. So, setting the table is now one less thing for you to worry about.

Emma says: “You can make each of these Christmas crafts in just minutes which frees you up to enjoy the festive time of year with friends and family.”

Quick home christmas decor

Whoever has enough time for Christmas decorating? As much as we’d love a whole day or two to turn our home into a winter wonderland, catering for busy families and making sure that the rest of Christmas prep is sorted always seems to take up precious decorating time.

Award-winning lifestyle blogger, Gina Caro, shares her top Christmas decor tips to help speed up Christmas decorating at home, so you’ll have some extra time to put your feet up. And even better? They won’t break the bank and may even give the little ones something to do.

Quick home christmas decor

Whoever has enough time for Christmas decorating? As much as we’d love a whole day or two to turn our home into a winter wonderland, catering for busy families and making sure that the rest of Christmas prep is sorted always seems to take up precious decorating time.

Award-winning lifestyle blogger, Gina Caro, shares her top Christmas decor tips to help speed up Christmas decorating at home, so you’ll have some extra time to put your feet up. And even better? They won’t break the bank and may even give the little ones something to do.

How to wrap an awkward gift

Found the perfect gift but haven’t a clue how to wrap it? Take the stress out of wrapping with gift expert, Jane Means’ easy tips on how to tackle an awkward shaped cylinder present.

Top tip: “When adding ribbon on circular items, it's a good idea to secure it with a small amount of double sided tape so the ribbon doesn't fall off.”

How to wrap an awkward gift

Found the perfect gift but haven’t a clue how to wrap it? Take the stress out of wrapping with gift expert, Jane Means’ easy tips on how to tackle an awkward shaped cylinder present.

Top tip: “When adding ribbon on circular items, it's a good idea to secure it with a small amount of double sided tape so the ribbon doesn't fall off.”

How to wrap an awkward gift

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