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“Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” – The 5th Annual Holiday Edition

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Here on my blog, I strive to share simple, everyday tips and tricks that can help make your life a little bit easier. But sometimes, the tips that I want to share aren’t something I can write a whole blog post about!

Since I simply cannot waste a good idea, I tuck them away to use at a later date. Today I’ll be sharing some of the most festive tips and tricks I’ve gathered throughout the year here in the 5th annual holiday edition of my ongoing series “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?”

Revisit any of the previous editions of the “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” series by clicking the button at the end of this post! :-)

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1. Make Your Fake Tree Smell Real

While I wouldn’t give up the convenience of my pre-lit Christmas tree, I do miss the fresh smell of the real thing! But this year, I can have my cake and eat it too thanks to my secret weapon: Freshly Cut Essential Oil Blend!

This blend features natural essential oils from several types of evergreen trees, so it doesn’t just smell like the real thing—it is the real thing! It’s a great way to fill your home with the scent of a real tree without all those messy pine needles. ;-) Here are a couple of easy ways to do it:

  • Make A Diffuser Ornament. Make a simple diffuser ornament by rolling out some air-dry clay, cutting out a shape with a cookie cutter, then adding a hole near the top to hang it from. Use a bamboo skewer to add some decorative details if you like, then let the clay dry completely before adding several drops of Freshly Cut and hanging the finished ornament on your tree.
  • Make A Scented Sachet. Use Freshly Cut to make a simple scented sachet following the directions in this post, then hide it in your tree by tucking it deep within the branches.

Whichever method you choose, refresh the scent as needed with a few more drops of oil to keep your tree smelling fresh and festive all season long! (And just in case you haven’t heard, you can get the “Scents of the Season” essential oil kit—including the Freshly Cut blend—for 30% off right now during our Black Friday Sale!)

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2. Give A Festive Homemade Gift

Hot chocolate is more “giftable” than ever before thanks to the latest cocoa craze: homemade hot chocolate bombs! These dissolvable chocolate spheres contain all the ingredients necessary for a cozy cup of hot cocoa—just add hot milk!

In addition to being easy to make, they’re also totally customizable, allowing you to pick and choose what to include based on who you’re planning to give them to. Learn how to make these delicious and festive treats in this post.

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3. Make Your Mask Smell Good

Before you head out to shop for holiday gifts or food for your feast, keep things merry by placing one drop of a festive essential oil on your face mask. I love using my Peppermint Stick blend for this, both because it smells nice and because it the eucalyptus and peppermint oils help keep congestion in check!

If you’re in need of a few more face masks this winter, check out the soft triple-layer face masks in my shop (they make great stocking stuffers!), and check out other clever face mask hacks here.

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4. Unwrap An Orange

Tangerines and mandarin oranges are always on sale this time of year, and they frequently make an appearance at the bottom of our stockings too! This year, try this clever hack while opening your oranges.

Slice the top and bottom ends off of the orange (a small amount will do) and then tear the peel open in a vertical line. The orange will unwrap conveniently and you can use the skin to keep it all together!

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5. Add Extra Twinkle To Your Tree

Wish your tree had a bit more sparkle? Add another strand of lights to your tree that are smaller or larger than the ones you normally use. Having two different sizes of lights will instantly add more dimension to your tree and make it look even more magical!

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6. Hang Your Wreath The Easy Way

Use a Command hook to effortlessly hang your holiday wreath! Attach a large Command hook upside-down near the top of the inside of your front door. Once the hook is secure, loop your wreath’s ribbon around it so that the ribbon is draped over the top of your door.

Not only does this tip make hanging a wrath quick and easy, but it also eliminates the scrapes and scratches that bulky metal wreath hangers often leave behind!

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7. Soothe Tummy Troubles On The Go

Indulged in too many holiday treats or rich, savory dishes? Naturally soothe a too-full tummy with Tum Ease, an essential oil blend featuring coriander, pink grapefruit, ginger, sweet fennel, and a whole slew of other earthy oils.

The Tum Ease Ready-to-Apply Roll-On is easy to stash in a purse or your car for convenient relief for upset tummies, no matter where your holiday plans take you! (Bonus: It’s 30% off right now!)

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8. Keep Pets Off Your Tree

Are your pets trying to climb, attack, or even live amongst the branches of your Christmas tree? Hang a few small bells on the lower branches of your tree. And if the sudden sound of jingling bells doesn’t scare them off, at the very least it’ll act as an alarm for tree-related shenanigans!

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9. Tactical Gift Wrapping

Outsmart gift shakers and present peepers this year with a bit of tactical gift wrapping! Instead of wrapping all your presents in the same gift wrap, use a uniquely patterned or colored roll of gift wrap for each person in the house (and don’t forget to make a note about whose wrap is whose!)

Once you’ve wrapped your presents in their color-coded gift wrap, no one will know which presents are theirs, turning speculative gift shaking into a relatively fruitless endeavor. And as an added bonus, you won’t have to bother with gift tags! :-)

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Omg, I just love these helpful ideas of yours. I use them often. Thank you so much. I will be viewing your, “ gift giving for those that’s difficult to buy for.”
    Happy holidays to you and your family. Stay safe and healthy.

  • I use the metal over the door wreath hangers for my Christmas wreath. To prevent scratches I added sticky backed felt strips to the back of mine. They are the kind sold with the felt rounds made for furniture legs.

    Be careful with the tactical wrapping!!! My Mom did that one year when we were kids. I woke up on Christmas morning and went down the hall with my parents. What we found was my brother by the tree with every last gift unwrapped as he looked for his stuff. Paper was everywhere! I had nothing to open and my Mom had to rewrap all the gifts that we were taking to my grandparent’s house for the extended family members. Needless to say I was in tears and he was in trouble!!

  • I like the Cocoa bomb idea. We are thinking of doing it for goodies. I had my sister check on getting one of the candy molds – but found out it wouldn’t arrive until after Christmas. I did find a similar round ice tray on Walmart and Targets sites. I’m going to try to locate one – if there hasn’t been a rush on them.

  • I made a bunch of cloth bags to put presents in. They are awesome. I have multiple sizes available and it only takes seconds to wrap each present and put a label on them. Worked so well, and no wasted paper or time… :)

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