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The Busy Person’s Non-DIYer’s Guide to Holidays?

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There are those who meticulously decorate dozens of sugar cookies for the office cookie exchange, or send perfectly curated gift baskets to friends. And there are those who just don't have the creative flair or time. But that doesn’t mean their holidays can’t have that “homemade” charm.  Here are some ways for you to make it look like a pro-DIYer was behind your holiday.

Semi-homemade hors d'oeuvres. Combine pre-made phyllo cups with already-prepared deli items like chicken salad, or barbecued beef add a little cubed cheese and pop them in the oven until the cheese is bubbly. They're elegant and easy, a perfect combination!

Give homemade gifts. (Just not made in your home.) You can find anything online, from handmade sock puppets to art. Etsy is one site for finding creative gifts. It specializes in handcrafted, vintage/unique items, many that have been homemade. If you're feeling creative, you can use online sites to find easy ways to personalize gifts you already have.

Don't even think about making dough.  Ready-made pie crusts make baking easy! Here is a five minute recipe:  Line a pie plate with one crust. Mix 5 cups thawed or fresh blueberries with 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca and 1 tablespoon lemon juice, pop the mixture into the crust, top it all with the second crust and cut four slits in it. Fancy it up by brushing the top crust with milk and sprinkling a little sugar on it. Bake according to the directions on the box and boom, you've got pie. Secret tip: You can buy pie filling ready made.

With everyone's lives being so hectic the holidays can kick stress up a notch. But celebrating with family and friends should be joyful and relaxing. Use these easy tricks to add a personalized, DIY air to your holidays!

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