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Use Social Media as Your Holiday Helper

By - Posted on December 1, 2016

If you are like many people, just the thought of the holidays is enough to stress you out. ‘Tis the season to look to social media for some relief.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networks are more than just tools for keeping in touch and staying informed – they can also be great holiday helpers.  Here are eight ideas for using social media to your advantage this special time of year.

  1. List wishes on Amazon

Santa can always use a little help. If your children have a holiday wish list, post it online at Amazon. You can add products from any website, not just Amazon. It’s a convenient way to let your family and friends know what toys and other gifts your kids have their hearts on this season.

  1. Find any holiday recipe on Pinterest…

Not sure what to serve your holiday guests?  No need to search through grandma’s 500 page cookbook. Whether it’s an appetizer, side dish, main course, dessert, or drink, you’ll find a recipe for it on Pinterest.  In seconds you’ll have access to hundreds of choices!

  1. …and any holiday craft

Pinterest is your online connection to some of the most creative holiday craft ideas in the world. Make beautiful wreaths, centerpieces, menorahs, outdoor decorations, ornaments, and more.  No matter what your skill level or budget, you will find an abundance of crafts that will inspire your inner Martha Stewart.

  1. Design an Instagram picture pillow

Transform Instagram pictures into great gifts with Stitcha. Create pillows, tote bags, scarves, and even an ottoman. Design these totally unique presents at home using your Instagram pics or photos from your computer. You can also purchase a gift certificate so your family and friends can design their own custom products.

  1. Create a private event through Facebook

Invite people to your party by creating a private holiday event on Facebook. Only the people you invite will be able to view the event, comment, and RSVP. Just don’t forget about your family and friends who are not on Facebook – they will require a more traditional invitation.

  1. Use Twitter for shopping deals

Follow your favorite stores on Twitter and keep your eye out for announcements of sales, deals and coupons.

  1. Set up a Snapchat geofilter for your holiday party

Spread holiday cheer with a festive Snapchat geofilter. Custom geofilters can give your Snapchatting holiday guests an opportunity to let everyone know where they’ve been celebrating.

  1. Raise money for a charity

Give back by raising money for your favorite charity. CrowdRise is one online resource that makes it easy.  Set up a fundraiser and spread the word through your social networks.  Teach your children the importance of helping others and encourage them to request donations in lieu of some presents.

Here’s to a smooth holiday season!

 

Posted in Military Family and Lifestyle