Stress Less This Holiday Season With These Tools and To-Dos

Keeping up with the holiday hustle of shopping, cooking, and hosting can take all the fun out of fall traditions and winter festivities. Tackle winter home maintenance early and stock up on the following supplies to really slow down and savor the season.

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Countdown Till Christmas Dry Erase Whiteboard

Most of us feel that it's still too soon to drag the tree out of storage, but it's never too early to start planning. The holidays seem to fly by faster every year, so keep an eye on the calendar and time your maintenance and decorating to-do's accordingly. Pay close attention to the forecast too. Hanging lights in sub-zero temperatures is never fun. Buy decor while it's on sale and before it's sold out. Use a Christmas countdown, like this dry erase board, to plan ahead for a streamlined season of comfort and joy.

Price $53.99

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Hangman Apartment Hanger

Don't let your landlord's policy against hanging wall decor put a damper on the tidings and trimmings that make a house feel like home. The Hangman Apartment Hanger is made up of two interlocking brackets with foam backing to prevent paint scuffs and scrapes. The hanger can safely hold up to 150 pounds and it comes with all the hardware you'll need. No studs, drills, or anchors are needed, which means you can deck the halls without damaging your walls.

Price $12.99

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Four-Foot Michigan Heavy Duty Fiberglass Ladder

From topping the tree to dusting shelves before guests arrive, a ladder will give all your holiday house prep a major lift. This four-foot ladder in bright red is manufactured by Michigan Ladder Company, the oldest ladder company in the U.S. with over 100 years dedicated to creating a safe and sturdy ladder.

Price $152.99

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135-Piece Household Tool Kit in Pink

Take on every home project armed and ready with a complete toolbox. This 135-piece set includes a cordless screwdriver, scissors, pliers, a hammer, measuring tape, level, and more. Plus, the manufacturer will donate a dollar to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation for each purchase of this pink kit. 'Tis the season for giving! Buy one for yourself and spread the charitable cheer by ordering a couple more to use as gifts.

Price $42.99

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LED Ornament With Tinsel Christmas Lights

Everyone can use a little more light in their life, especially during the dark days of winter. These indoor/outdoor LED lights would look lovely draped across doors, spiraled up porch railings or lined inside windows. The tinsel inside is a nice touch, but the best part about these lights is that if one bulb burns out, the rest will stay lit.

Price $26.99

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Green Landscape Extension Cord

Extension cords are a must-have this time of year. Whether you're going for a Griswold-type gallery of lights or you like to be prepared with a backup generator, you'll likely need an extra extension cord or two. This green one not only complements the classic Christmas color palette, but it will also blend into your landscape or Christmas tree. It's flexible and resistant to water, fire, and abrasion, so you can use it all year long in any weather condition.

Price $28.99

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Seven-Foot Inflatable LED Santa Claus Yard Decoration

The stress of hosting and the chaos of shopping can easily get the best of our attitudes during the most wonderful time of the year. However, this self-inflating Christmas tree will reignite your holiday spirit every time you come home. It features a crashed sleigh, dizzy Santa, and a white-knuckled reindeer. Give neighbors, visitors and even yourself a genuine chuckle by displaying this hilarious inflatable in your front yard.

Price $48.99

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Heavy Duty Fancy Gold Metal Rotating Artificial Christmas Tree Stand

If your decade-old tree stand is wobbling too much for your liking, invest in a new one for a topple-free tree. This heavy duty tree stand holds artificial trees up to 9 feet tall with a maximum weight of 120 pounds, which accounts for lights, ornaments, and garland galore. The stand also allows for 360-degree rotation, making tree setup and breakdown easier than ever. A foot tapper is also included for an easy power up and down of lights. Plus, the gorgeous gold metal finish will never go out of style.

Price $197.99

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Santa's Solution 'Fresh Cut' Tree Preservative

If you're on the fence about going with a fresh cut tree or an artificial one this year, Santa's Solutions might be able to persuade you. This scent-infused tree preservative will spruce up the look and scent of real Christmas trees throughout the whole month of December. The solution promotes water absorption and reduces needle loss, so it truly preserves your tree—not just its vibrant look or crisp aroma.

Price $16.99

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30-Inch Pine Wreath With Colored Lights

Welcome guests inside with a merrily dressed front door. This 30-inch wreath is full of authentic pine tips that give it a full and fresh look. The deep green color will look refreshing on a snow white night and the 50 multicolored LED lights will add a festive glow. If you're selling your house, buyers will appreciate the colorful impression this wreath can contribute to your home's curb appeal.

Price $45.99

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Mor-Flexx Concrete Repair

Some homeowners prefer a more permanent solution for exterior decor. This is especially convenient for those who live in harsh weather conditions where wreaths, garlands, and lights have a habit of getting knocked down or blown away altogether. If you've decided to drill into your home's brick or concrete, you'll want to buy a tub of mortar repair for your list of New Year repairs. Mor-Flexx concrete repair is stretchy, paintable and textured to blend in with stucco, mortar, and grout. Pick up a tube in gray or beige and keep decor in place once and for all.

Price $13.99

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