Holiday Hacks! Be DIY Holiday Fabulous

October 21, 2021 3 min read


The Money Bag Newsletter by Financial Footwork 



These are one of my favorite things! For holiday wrapping you can’t go wrong with plain brown paper.

A simple, cheap and classy hack to wrapping your gifts for the season, is plain brown paper. You can use basic butcher paper, found online, or a nearby craft store. But the hack that’s my favorite? Up-cycled grocery bags!

Set aside your brown paper sacks from your most recent grocery haul. Score one side with a razor blade or scissors all the way down the side and bottom. Open and lay flat.

You can choose to leave it plain, or decorate the interior blank side of the bag. Glitter, glitter glue, stamps, sponged paint, and drawn or painted designs--the choices are endless!

If you chose to create a brown paper masterpiece with paint or glue, wait for your creation to dry. Place the decorated or blank side face down. Then, wrap your package as usual. Garnish with string, a bow, ribbon, or just leave blank.

If you chose to create a brown paper masterpiece, wait for you r creation to dry. Place the decorated or blank side face down. Then, wrap your package as usual. Garnish with string, a bow, ribbon, or just leave blank.


Holiday Budget Free



Dollar tree glitter, paper, and glue makes fun DIY for me and you. You don’t have to spend the most, to have the most fun. In fact most holiday crafting supplies can be found for just a few dollars, with supplies from your closest dollar store, craft market, or even Amazon.

Some of our favorite cheap and sparkly crafts this year?

  • Paper chain garlands. 
  • Homemade ornaments.
  • Home crafted holiday tree topper.
  • Homemade holiday cards
  • Homemade gift tags
  • DIY holiday hair barrettes


Paper Chain Garland 

3. HOME BAKED GOODIES! (For those within your COVID contact tribe.)

Nothing tastes sweeter than a gift made with love! A homemade baked good is a wonderful low cost, and festive alternative for holiday gifting! You can pick a seasonal specialty, or use up some of that over ripe fruit or lingering fall squash.

Just make sure you gift homemade, to people within your immediate family or COVID tribe. As delicious as home baked goodies are, safety should still be observed as a priority.

Some of our favorites:
  • Banana Bread
  • Zucchini Bread
  • Snickerdoodles 
  • Fudge
  • Apple Pie
  • 7 Layer Bars
  • Rum Balls
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Homemade Jam
  • Hot buttered rum kit
Holiday Cookies


Although we've been living life glorious in sweats and leggings, the holidays are a great time to punch it up! While a million people probably aren't going to see your fit this year, you can still add some pop. Our favorite hack? The black blazer.

Everyone owns a black blazer. Layer that with leggings, a tailored jogger, and a fresh tee. It's slimming, polished, AND doesn't break the bank. Now for the festive part!

  • Add a vintage brooch from your closet, or favorite second hand online retailer. (Poshmark, Mercari, Tradesy, Ebay, etc.)
  • Up-cycle a handkerchief from the family archives as a fun pocket square.
  • Festivity is just a decal away! navigate over to your nearest Etsy for a sparkly patch/decal to update your blazer. (Most can be ironed on or attached with simple adhesive.)
  • Button up! Swap out the plain jane plastic closures, with old vintage numbers from storage, online finds, or your nearest craft store for a fun update. 



Nobody want crap for Christmas, and holidaying on a budget is no excuse. Rather than loading up your friends with cheap dust collectors or clothes they hate, give the gift of green!

May your days be merry and bright, this season of delight. Remember, presence over presents. Stick to your budget! Be safe! Spread love! Have fun.

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