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7 Holiday-Themed Business Ideas

Ornaments and decorations

Small décor items, like Christmas tree ornaments and tabletop decorations, are big sellers at mallkiosks, so why not create your own and sell them on sites like Etsy? Holiday decorations are relatively inexpensive and easy to make, and people are often willing to pay extra for personalized ornaments with photos and text.

Wreaths and floral arrangements

Another great business idea for crafters is to make and sell holiday wreaths and floral arrangements. Purchase artificial branches, pinecones, flowers and ribbons from your local craft store, and turn them into dazzling home decorations.

Baked goods

Pies, cookies, fruitcakes and gingerbread are all staples of the holiday season. If your kitchen is constantly filled with the smell of freshly baked desserts during the holidays, why not get paid for it by packaging and selling them? People love giving and receiving candies and baked goods during the holidays, so you’re sure to have a huge demand.

Santa Claus appearances

Taking children to the mall to see Santa may be free, but parents will pay big bucks for a home visit from Kris Kringle (or perhaps Mrs. Claus, if you’re a woman). If you don’t mind sacrificing a bit of time on Christmas Eve — or buying/renting a Santa suit — you could make arrangements to drop by the homes of friends and neighbors with young children and personally deliver a few gifts.

Gift wrapping

Are you an expert at creasing paper and curling ribbons? Does the sight of a gift bag stuffed with poorly arranged tissue paper make you cringe? Help people wow their gift recipients with beautifully wrapped presents. Charge by the hour or by the gift, depending on how complicated the packages are.

Knitted winter items

Knitting might seem like an activity reserved for grandmothers, but handmade scarves, hats and sweaters are popular during the holidays. Wholesale yarn is relatively inexpensive, and depending on how quickly you can knit, you’ll be able to build up your inventory and spend more time marketing your store.

Gift baskets

Themed baskets are a popular gift choice for the holidays, but many ready-made baskets from retailers are expensive, and people don’t often have the time to purchase individual items and create their own baskets. If you have some great ideas for a basket — cooking products, desserts, movies, bath products, etc. — you can make and sell them as holiday gifts. Arrange items in a decorative basket, wrap it in plastic and put a festive holiday bow on it.