They say it's the most wonderful time of the year, but Christmas is also the most stressful time of the year. With all the gift buying, present wrapping, decorating, hosting, and the myriad of other good things that come along with the holiday season, it can get to be a little much. It doesn't have to be, though! Make this Christmas the year you don't have a meltdown and go full-on Grinch, and instead, follow these 31 Christmas hacks to simplify this holiday season:

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1. Wrap a cardboard box in wrapping paper for a festive paper receptacle on Christmas morning

2. Make an advent calendar from a muffin tin

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3. Reuse old aluminum foil or plastic wrap containers for creative cookie gift boxes

4. Transform a pile of books into a DIY Christmas tree

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5. Make hot chocolate extra special with easy hot chocolate spoons

6. Store Christmas lights around a coat hanger

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7. Keep your icing in condiment bottles for easy decorating

8. Make a last-minute roasting rack for the turkey with foil

8. Make a last-minute roasting rack for the turkey with foil
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9. An easy DIY gift for kids: candy cane Play-Doh

10. Clear ornament + glitter = super easy Christmas ornament

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11. Grab some tape and nail polish for a Christmas manicure

12. Glue together candy canes for festive placeholders

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13. Want to make a craft with pine cones? Don't forget to bake them to remove the critters!

14. Use plastic cups to store your ornaments

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15. Turn cereal boxes into last-minute gift boxes

15. Turn cereal boxes into last-minute gift boxes
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16. Amp up your cheese tray by turning it into a Christmas tree

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17. Use double-sided tape when wrapping gifts for a more "professional" look

18. Reuse tangled-beyond-salvaging Christmas lights as an outdoor decoration

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19. Use this one dough to create six different cookies

20. Save money by making DIY Christmas cards

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21. Make hot chocolate in the slow cooker

22. Turn your fridge into a snowman

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23. Make a gingerbread garland for a cheap, easy DIY

24. Use a toilet paper roll to make a wrapping paper cuff for storage

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25. Make Christmas ice cubes for festive drinks

26. Upcycle your leftover pumpkins to create snowman decor

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27. Use a cheap pool noodle instead of buying a wreath form

28. Decorate upside-down ice cream cones for Christmas tree desserts or displays

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29. Store your Christmas lights around cardboard to keep them from tangling

30. Use cookie cutters to make festive shapes out of your holiday fudge

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31. Save space and store your artificial tree in concrete form tubes

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