Tradition is always fun during the holiday season, but trying out a trend can be just as jolly. If you’re looking for something new that will receive raving reviews from your family and friends, we’ve got three festive ideas to put at the top of your list. 

Change Up Your Charcuterie Board

After a year like 2020, we can all use a little more chocolate in our lives. Whether you’re prepping snacks for your family or a small gathering, dessert charcuterie boards are getting a lot of buzz this year. There are many advantages to changing up your charcuterie board from savory to sweet. First of all, dessert goodies are delicious! Second, it’s likely you’ll already have many of the dessert items in your kitchen. Here are a few to add to your board:

  • Frosted or Sprinkled Cookies
  • Chocolate-dipped Pretzels 
  • Michigan-made Chunk Nibbles
  • Candy Canes
  • Candied Almonds
  • Sliced Apples & Caramel Sauce
  • Gingersnaps
  • Hershey Kisses

Go Green with Your Gifts

Investing in eco-friendly gifts isn’t only awesome for the environment, but your loved ones will love you for it, too! Here are a few trendy items that are fun for the home and good for the Earth.

Tentree Seed Cards – Write a thoughtful message on the tentree card and give the gift of growth this year. Your friend can soak the card overnight, cover it in soil the next day and begin 2021 with a new plant friend on the way. You can get 10 cards for $30, making this a thoughtful, inexpensive gift for acquaintances and friends. 

Stasher Bags – Any of your mom or foodie friends will love this small, but useful gift. Stash bags are the eco-friendly alternative to throwaway ziplock bags. These colorful bags are just the thing you know you should buy, but never want to spend the money on… making Stashers the perfect gift exchange present or stocking stuffer for all the snackers in your life! You can get a set of two for $13.99.

Linnaea’s Lights Candles – These luxury candles are made from ethically sourced materials right here in the Midwest. This company also partners with local and global causes to help make our world a better place. If you bring this to a gift exchange, it’s bound to get passed around the group! 

Making Christmas Greeting Card with Snowflakes. Handmade

Craft Your Own Cards

Although we love a Hallmark holiday movie, this year take some extra time to make your own holiday cards. The homemade, letterpress-look also gives you the opportunity to add love and good vibes into your notes. Whether you are looking to make your own or give the kids a festive activity, here a few clever and simple ideas that will set your cards apart from the rest. 

Gemstone Ornament Card – This minimalist design requires a few gemstones, hot glue and a pen. Here’s the full tutorial from Childhood 101

Washi Tape Tree Card – Who said crafts should be complicated? Stick a few pieces of festive washi tape onto some cardstock and you have a cute holiday tree! Here’s the full tutorial from Omiyage Blogs.

Paint Swatch Winter Scene Card – Grab some free paint swatches from your local home supplies store and get to work! Here’s the full tutorial from One Little Project

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