12/10/2012 06:28 pm ET Updated Jan 02, 2013

Holiday Checklist: Everything You Need To Celebrate Christmas


Christmas is right around the corner, and with the hustle and bustle of the season, it's easy to overlook some elements while you are preparing for the festivities. So in order to make sure you haven't forgotten any staples, we've compiled a holiday checklist of items that will make yours fun, festive and bright. So take a look at our list of ideas and we can guarantee that you'll be a stress-free host and your guests will be pleased as punch!

Holiday Cards And Invitations:
It's not too late to send your friends and family greetings. With these free printable cards, you can click, print and send. If you have a little more time, try one of these amazing DIY examples.

Have no idea what to get your nephew or boss this year? Our round-up of gift guides for everyone on your list will be sure to come in handy, and has great ideas for everyone from the DIY devotee to the green thumb.

Wrapping Ideas:
If you want your presents to stand out under the tree, why not wrap them in an unusual way or put them in a lively gift bag.

Decor Ideas:
Is your tree looking a little plain? Consider making this fabulous ruffled skirt to jazz it up. Or this ombre design is easy to do and will surely make a statement. No room for a tree? Try one of these cool alternatives.

Your fireplace mantel will definitely be the focal point of the room, so make sure you click through these beautiful ways to make it special. If you are short on time, try these simple decor ideas to get your space ready in a jiffy. Since your front door is the first thing guests will see, adorn it with a lovely wreath. And don't forget the mistletoe!

Looking for more holiday crafts? Check out some other great ideas in the slideshow below.

Holiday Craft Ideas

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