Christmas Stuff: Top Ten {Tuesday}

Top Ten {Tuesday}

I guess I coulda skipped a Top Ten {Tuesday} today… I mean there are only FOUR more shopping cleaning days till Christmas! I know most of you will be jumping off your computer and into real life this week. But for those of us who carry our laptops around on a chain, I figured a Top Ten linky would be good!

And speaking of online and off-line life, here are the…

Top Ten Online Things That Have Made My IRL Christmas Easier

1. Reindeer Noses

last minute christmas idea

How great is this? The EASIEST teacher-friend-neighbor gift EVER. Just drop some red-green M&Ms into a clear ornament and slap this FREE PRINTABLE tag on it. This is what we gave Lydia and Asa’s teachers at church. Everyone thought they were clever, the kids loved handing them out and I liked it because it only took 20 minutes to make 45 of them from start to finish. (I used clear bags and printed the tag on sticker paper. Here’s my version.)

2. I Share Printables

printable freeA billion awesome printables all together for your viewing and printing pleasure. Not only can you browse and print, if you have a fun printable you can link it up! I used this adorable one to decorate the outside of the package I sent to my aunt.

3. Secret Santa

gift exchange

This is our second year of drawing-a-name with our family. Actually, last year, we didn’t draw a name. We just bought a random gift (a good one, not white elephant) and then did that crazy stealing game. Only no one was crazy and Mama ended up with her own present because she liked it so much.


We decided to draw names because I found this cool website that will draw names for you, privately email everyone and keep track from year to year! Plus, you can add wishlists and even restrict who is matched with who. How cool is that?

4. Facebook

christmas cards

Do you know how many messages I have sent out on facebook this month? It’s the easiest way to find someone’s address for Christmas cards. Just message them. Every single person you know at the tip of your fingers! Yesterday I realized I have seven extra cards and updated my status to see who wanted one. Those cards were snapped up right away. OK. Only one person asked. But still. She would have missed out otherwise!

5. 1+1+1=1 Christmas Nativity Pack

This is a little printable pack with some fun games, coloring pages and more. Lydia and Asa have been playing with them all month. We actually used the Joseph and baby Jesus pattern-game to make some cards for the dads in our lives as part of our fun Advent Activities! Aren’t they cute?

kids nativity

6. Amazon

I don’t think I could have done Christmas without Amazon. I’ve got Amazon Prime via Amazon Mom(have you signed up for that yet?) and it’s awesome. I just click and buy. I mean, it’s free shipping. That’s like going to the store but NOT PACKING UP TWO KIDS IN WINTER COATS AND CHASING THEM AROUND THE STORE.

I think today is the last day to order and get FREE shipping AND have it delivered by Christmas. How awesome is that?! And I do hope you’ve been clicking to Amazon via your favorite blogger. Hint, hint.

7. Wraparound Labels

wrap around labels

I  love the Christmas cards I sent out. But one reason I love them has nothing to do with the adorable picture inside. It has everything  to do with the label on the outside. I’ve been in love with wrap-around labels for a long time (you can find TONS of them on DIY Wedding blogs or on etsy).

So, I was overjoyed to find these FREE Christmas-y colored ones from A Very Chocolate Life, I knew I had to have them! I printed them off on sticker paper (BEST STUFF EVER) and then cut them with my handy dandy mini paper cutter (SECOND BEST THING EVER). And voila–awesome and adorable envelopes. PLUS–because the return address is on the back, you only have to attach ONE label instead of two. Awesome.


I just love this idea! I heard about from Melanie at Blogging Basics and thought it was cool for someone like me who is on every social media site out there—it’s basically a giant business card of all your social media and websites. I thought it would be super cool to have a spot for us to point our un-web-savvy friends. So, I created this page with all our contact info–address, cell phones, websites, emails, facebook profiles and more. Then I put the URL on the bottom of our Christmas cards. Smart, right?

Screen shot 2010-12-20 at 3.07.21 PM

Well, the site doesn’t always load correctly and it doesn’t really have all the knobs and twiddly bits I want. But I still like the idea of a contact-info-hub. You know, kinda like our own personal facebook. Or maybe it’s overkill. But at least my kids are cute, right?

9. Online shopping

I know I’ve mentioned this so many times. But I have loved buying gifts that actually GIVES. I’ve bought gifts from 31bits, FashionABLE, World Vision, Samaritan’s Purse, Micro and AziziLife. And buying online? Even better!

10. What online thing has made your Christmas easier?

make your life easier christmas tips and ideas //


  1. Thanks for the link! I agree that has some wonky loading issues sometimes. But I LOVE what you’ve done with yours. Excellent idea (and your kids are adorable)! Another option is It’s been in beta for a while, but went public last week. They were acquired by AOL this week. Anyway, they have similar functions and easier picture sizing. And so far, good loading. Be sure to go over and secure your username!

  2. I would definitely have to say Believe it or not, I’ve never done any on-line shopping (besides Craigslist) before this year!! I know…I’m SO “out of it”.
    This year, I stock-piled my swagbucks and went to town. I purchased almost ALL my gifts from Amazon this year!

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the wraparound labels! What a great, adorable idea. I will be using these on next years cards for sure! 🙂

  4. I want the link to the name-drawing site! I know you meant to put a link there. I also LOVE shopping online.

  5. Great list! I would say just FB & Twitter & blogs in general … love all the links that people shout out … They do all the research & hard work for me. I just benefit!

  6. That reindeer ornament is too cute! And facebook rocks my Christmas letter world. Seriously. No clue how my cards would have gone out this year without facebook! 🙂

  7. Love your list! I agree… not having to pack up the kids and head out to a store is awesome! Amazon rocked our Christmas purchases as well! YEAH AMAZON!

  8. Thank you for these! I haven’t heard of Amazon mom and I LOVE the free printables!!!! God bless and have a Merry Christmas, Amanda! 🙂

  9. Your Christmas card is pretty much the cutest thing ever!! 🙂 So bright and cheery!

  10. I totally would have missed out on your Christmas card, so glad I snapped up the opportunity! 🙂 I can’t wait to see this fabulous wrap around label, I’m very intrigued!

    Reindeer noses?? So cute, I’ll have to remember that one for next year for teacher gifts (although, I must say, I still LOVE the gift I gave them this year, not sure if the ‘noses’ can top it or not) 🙂

  11. Thank you for including the ishare site! The envelope wraps are darling! I think I am going to have to try them! Cute pic.

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  15. I usually do not leave a response, however after looking at a few of the responses on Christmas Stuff: Top Ten Tuesday | I actually do have a couple of questions for you if it’s okay. Could it be simply me or do some of the comments appear like they are coming from brain dead folks? 😛 And, if you are posting on other online sites, I’d like to keep up with you. Could you post a list of every one of your social networking pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

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