Countdown to Christmas: Some helpful online tools

The last post covered some great crafty ideas for Christmas gifts and with exactly 14 days1 till Christmas I thought I would share some neat online tools and articles I found to help you with your Christmas Celebrations:

Staying Green during the Holidays

  • While googling around for e-cards, I happened upon Christmas Lights Advice which had an article featuring this ultra cool tool that can help you figure out how much your electricity bill may be for the Christmas season. You do have to know what type of bulbs you’re using so it may or may not be a cool find for you but it was a cool find for me!
  • Planet green has highlighted 15 gifts that we all receive but no one ever likes to get and I think we should all take a look at the list and maybe even spread the wealth2 that this article has to offer; I agree with all but one – gift cards. I like receiving gift cards but on the exception that they’re gift cards that I can use anywhere or for a store that I actually shop in. One year, I remember getting a gift card for M*A*C cosmetics and I was a little annoyed since I didn’t wear make up. But it started the ball rolling, now I can’t get enough MAC!
  • And of course, there is treehugger’s Holiday Gift Guide separated into categories!

Gift Guides/Wishlists

  • Don’t care about staying green3 but still want some other ideas for Christmas presents? You can check out All Things Christmas! I think the site’s title says it all really.
  • Have you ever had anyone pester you for a wishlist, and when you give them your list they come back with, ‘Where can I buy these things on your list?’ Well, hopefully you won’t have that problem if you put your wishlist online with either of these two wonderful online wishlist tools: Wishlistr4 and Boxedup which only has one advantage over Wishlistr of allowing you to attach pictures to your wishlist items.

Cards and E-Cards
It might a bit late to start thinking about Cards but its never too late to send e-cards5 but there are plenty of online sites that can help you create customized Christmas cards without ever having to open up photoshop. Or if you don’t have to send or give out Christmas cards and don’t want to bother with the crowds at the shops, you can try:

  • – I’m not sure they allow you to print the cards, they may mail them to you instead.
  • Presentation Helper – These cards you can print from the comfort of your own ink jet printer at home. You may need to have card stock on hand6 or you could probably get away with using regular paper.

Christmas Carols

  • Did you plan a party and forget to plan the music? Have no fear, you can download free Christmas MP3s from Feels like Christmas!
  • Another alternative is to download some family friendly Christmas Carols Lyrics and song clips in real audio from

Do you have any secret weapons you’d like to share with me?

  1. despite what the countdown clock says []
  2. of knowledge []
  3. shame on you! hehe I’m joking – I won’t judge []
  4. I’ve reviewed their service before []
  5. ok, maybe after Christmas is too late []
  6. if you’re a perfectionist like me []