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7 Holiday Business Ideas

Music/caroling coordination

The holiday season means music is constantly in the air. Whether its events with live music or neighborhood caroling trips, organizing and scheduling that kind of musical manpower is a tall order. A business that helps plan and schedule caroling trips, or one that maintains a team of musicians specifically available for hire for holiday parties could be a useful — and profitable — venture for celebrations everywhere.

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. Want to take this business past the holiday season? Try being the Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy.

Personal shopper

Many people stress over what to buy their friends and family members for the holidays. As a personal gift shopper, you could help your clients find the perfect gifts at the best prices. Meet with them to discuss their budget and gift recipients, and then research gifts at various price points for the individuals on their list. You can offer pickup and delivery of in-store purchases for an additional charge.

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. Don’t know how to knit or crochet? Sites like KnittingHelp.com are readily available to teach you.

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.

Holiday-card design

If you’re good with Photoshop, you can design and print beautiful, personalized holiday cards for families to send out this year. Offering to create other customized stationery items — such as event invitations, thank-you cards and envelopes.