Whether you’re a Grinch during this time of year or a veritable Cindy Lou Who, you can’t help but love the delicious fare that accompanies the holiday season. Roasts, pies, cheeses, chocolates, peppermints – the list goes on. The holidays are tied to the joys of food, family and friends which is why giving food as a gift is a tradition around the world. This year, wrap your food gifts in a fun and unexpected way. We have two gift wrapping ideas for food– both turn Mason jars into unique gift presentations. One is very easy. The other a little more involved.
Between traveling and presents and decorations – the holidays can get a little expensive and many of us are looking for ways to cut back on expenses. One of the easiest ways to save money (and energy!) is to make smarter home heating choices. Check out this short video to learn exactly how to save on home heating costs.
Saving money on your home heating costs is a lot easier than you think. There are many simple tips you can use to reduce these costs while staying warm this winter. Easy solutions such as closing doors to rooms that are rarely used, changing air filters once a month, and considering vent-free gas heaters are just a few of the money-saving ideas in this video. Make sure to also visit homedepot.com for even more alternative energy solutions for your home.
If you have a member of your family who loves to get everyone outside for fun weekend activities, or enjoys fulfilling weekend home improvement projects, consider yourself fortunate. We’re here to help you find the perfect gift they can use during those weekend endeavors, as we’ve accumulated a great selection of gift ideas for you to consider.
Before you begin shopping for Christmas gifts for your family’s weekender, here are 5 gifts every “coach” would love to have:
5. Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker- Help your family cool down next summer with Cuisinart’s Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker. It features a fully automatic operation. Simply pour in ingredients, turn the dial and enjoy! It makes delicious ice cream, yogurt, sorbet and sherbet.
Every year, the world tells us we need to go out and buy Santa, snowflake, and sparkle-flecked paper to adorn our holiday gifts. Rather than settling for the same old paper you used last year, what about thinking outside of the box to wrap up your box?
One of my favorite ways to make my holiday gift wrapping stand out is to use unconventional approaches to gift wrap. I blogged last week about recycled, holiday gift tags, but I also love to use unusual paper. For many years, I’ve used whatever newspaper I had hanging around as the gift wrap and jazzing it up with a big colorful bow and some sparkly ornaments. This year, I’m going simple, so I headed to The Home Depot for DIY gift wrapping ideas.
Your fresh cut Christmas trees will drink over a gallon of water within the first 24 hours. Add tree preservative to the water to keep the tree vibrant and fresh. Tree preservative sells quickly so buy it when you see it in the stores. You can also make your own tree preservative using Sprite or 7Up and tablespoons of bleach [recipe]. Be sure to label the bottle and store it at room temperature.
2. Don’t let your tree dry out. Keep water levels above the trunk line. If the water level goes below the trunk line, the tree will dry out and the sap will seal up.
3. Use tree stands.
Tree stands have generous water reserves. They will make it easy to keep your tree in proper position and to keep it watered and fresh.
4. Keep your tree away from heat sources.
Heat will make your tree dry out. Do not put your fresh cut Christmas trees near fireplaces. Find a cool corner to place it, as this will help to keep the trees from drying out.
5. Keep pets away.
Place fresh orange peels under the tree to keep cats away. Keep dogs and puppies away by placing bells on the lower branches. The noise from the bells will act as an alert and keep them away.
We have more advice and project ideas from our experts. Visit the Forums for DIY tips and and gardening advice from our store associates. From the Forums is our weekly column highlighting the best of The Home Depot’s Community Forums.
Last week, we offered an easy, eco-friendly idea for making your own homemade gift tags using your computer printer and some recycled cardboard. Well, today, we’re back with another way to whip up some homemade gift tags in a jiffy.
Behold, Ashley’s post on 7th House on the Left for some easy, homemade gift tags made from chalkboard spray paint:
There’s no end to the uses for spray paint. And, as it turns out, you can even use it on food. However, PLEASE don’t try this at home – unless you’re using a spray paint safe for consumption like Essalack Food Spray. [via THECOOLIST]
What is spray paint? Spray paint, or aerosol paint, is paint that comes in a pressurized can that is released in a fine mist when you press down on the spray cap. And, those things that rattle around in the can when you shake it are called “peas”; they help stir the paint in the can as you shake it (just in case you were wondering). [via Wikipedia]
If you have a member of your family who would rather spend every waking hour outside – even with the cold temperatures during the winter months – we know how difficult it can be shopping for them this time of year. So we’re here to help you with gift ideas for the outdoor adventures.
5. 85-gallon Rain Barrel Kit- Capture rain water and save on your water bills with RESCUE’s Decorative Water Urn Rain Barrel Kit . It includes an easy-to-install downspout converter kit, connection hose and automatic diverter system that redirects water down spout when full.
Hanging Christmas lights outside is a great way to let your holiday spirit shine. In this short video, we’ll show you how to hang Christmas lights from the rain gutters of your house. The Home Depot expert ChrisFixIt provides safety tips for hanging Christmas lights from your gutters.
Remember…The Home Depot has lots of Christmas lights, inflatables, trees and more to help you decorate your home for the holidays. Visit homedepot.com or your local store to find ornaments, lights, wreaths and a host of other seasonal décor products.
The Home Depot is your fresh cut Christmas tree headquarters
We know that for some folks there’s nothing better than heading to the Christmas tree lot on a chilly evening and picking out the perfect tree. That’s why The Home Depot is your headquarters for real Christmas trees.
Most of our stores have fully stocked Christmas tree lots, complete with all the most popular varieties in all shapes and sizes–and always a great prices. In fact, The Home Depot is the largest sellers of Christmas trees in the U.S.