Receiving generic, duplicate, or generally unnecessary Christmas gifts is an unavoidable part of life. Throwing useless gifts away seems wasteful, but storing them eats up precious storage space. Donating them to charity is always a great option, but turning them into something better is a worthwhile task that can also be a lot of fun. Here are some easy ways to put your unwanted gifts to good use.

1. Return

For safety reasons, most charity shops are unable to accept electrical items, perfume, and perishable goods. If you know the store where that automatic hotdog maker or pop celebrity fragrance was purchased, try returning it even if you don’t have a gift receipt.

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Nothing brings people together quite like the Super Bowl. From the action-packed plays to the electrifying halftime show, Super Bowl Sunday has something for everybody. Make the most of this exciting sporting event by hosting a championship-level party for your friends and family. Here are some simple tips to make your gridiron gathering super fun and super stylish!

The Rush of the Crowd

As we mentioned in our previous Super Bowl post, your guest list doesn’t have to be limited to people who love football. A good mix of guests can make a party more lively and interesting, so feel free to invite die-hard fans, casual viewers, and football noobs alike.

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Christmas is the time for sharing and giving, but after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s important to give a little back to yourself. Travelling, shopping for gifts, preparing for parties, and entertaining guests — all of these can stress you out and wear you down.

Here are a few ideas on how to de-stress and revitalize yourself for the New Year.

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Treetopia’s Rolling Tree Storage Bag

“Where do you put it all?” is one of the number one questions I get asked after every holiday. Well, it all goes in my attic; I have all the holidays separated by color and section. Ornaments can go in bins, I have cases for my wreaths, but my trees often just sit in the attic covered with sheets. Now that I have upgraded to Treetopia trees I want to protect these beautiful babies with something more solid than an old sheet. This is when I got my first tree bag.

Red, sturdy, spacious, and has wheels: no, it’s not an SUV. It’s Treetopia’s Rolling Tree Storage Bag.

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As they say, a perfect meal deserves a perfect ending. After setting an elegant holiday table and preparing a sumptuous feast, cap off your Christmas Eve dinner celebration by whipping up an impressive dessert to tempt your guests. These Christmas dessert ideas are as stylish as they are sweet, and best of all, they require very little to no baking at all!

Pavlova

First created in the 1930’s, this light and airy confection is believed to have been inspired by the delicate, ethereal grace of the renowned Russian prima ballerina, Anna Pavlova. Featuring a crisp crust and a soft center, one taste of this elegant dessert will have your guests dancing for joy.

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Joan Cusack with two Treetopia pink trees

Treetopia’s glamorous pink trees share the cover of the Chicago Tribune with the equally glamorous Joan Cusack.

With Christmas just a few days away, the Christmas spirit is alive and definitely kicking at the Treetopia offices, especially with all the media love we’ve been receiving these past few weeks. We’re very glad to grace the pages of these media outlets because it helps us share the joy and glitz of the holidays through our stunning artificial Christmas trees and unique holiday décor.
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Everyone wants their family to enjoy the Christmas tree. The problem is, small children sometimes want to enjoy the tree a little too much. Just like the family cat, Christmas trees do not enjoy babies pulling their limbs. The cat might hiss, but the tree might fall. Christmas tree safety is something to consider when the wee ones are not quite old enough to fully understand “no.” Or in the case of my children, just pretend not to hear it.

Girl with Christmas tree

Kids love Christmas trees

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Learn how to bring out the full beauty of your Treetopia Christmas tree with Treetopia’s Design Council 2014. In this series, we invite expert design bloggers to decorate their favorite Treetopia Christmas tree and share the fabulous results with us. Be inspired, and discover the fine art of Christmas tree decorating with terrific tips and amazing advice straight from the pros.

Decorated Treetopia Oh Christmas Tree

Use understated tree decorations for an elegant look.

Shape plays a major role in showing off your Christmas tree’s lovely profile. Some of you may love the glitz and glamour of an extravagantly decorated tree, but for Lindsay, the understated route is her preferred road to tree-decorating bliss. In a recent post, she showed us how she helped her dear friend Olivia properly, and beautifully, trim a stunning Oh Christmas Tree.
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Caitlin, Crystal, and Jeanne around their Treetopia tree

Tree-decorating parties can be glamorous events!

As tree-decorating parties go, Sacramento Street’s may just be one of the most stylish. Blogger and designer Caitlin invited two of her closest girlfriends, Crystal from Rue Mag and Jeanne fromShop Sweet Things, to spend an afternoon of friendly conversation and, of course, tree decorating.

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Treetopia’s Black Friday Christmas tree Deals

Treetopia’s Black Friday Christmas tree Deals

Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping craze, and what better way to kick off the Christmas season than with the perfect tree? If you’re looking to replace your grandma’s tree with a stylish and smartly designed alternative, Treetopia’s got you covered. Here’s the 411 on Treetopia’s best deals on Black Friday.

Winter White Tree

Winter white Christmas tree perfect for traditional or modern decorations

Winter White Christmas Tree

 

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