Holiday Events in Lake Geneva

With the Holidays coming up soon, there are some events in Lake Geneva that you’ll want to attend before it’s too late! Today, we’ll be going over a few of these events that you won’t want to miss out on. 

  1. Lights and Heated Igloos at Pier 290

If you were sad to hear that the Santa Cruise wasn’t happening this year, then this will raise your spirits! Pier 290 will be displaying lights from the Santa cruise, and while you enjoy the lights, you can enjoy a meal in an igloo or a heated outdoor canopy! Don’t forget to make a reservation to enjoy this opportunity before it ends! 

  1. Brunch With Santa

At The Abbey Resort, they’ll be having Brunch with Santa on December 20th from 10am-1pm. This is the perfect event for any parents that want their kids to meet Santa this year! You’ll want to call in advance to make a reservation to meet Santa while enjoying a nice brunch. 

  1. Sleigh Rides at Dan Patch Stables

Dan Patch Stables has sleigh rides that can comfortably seat 4 adults. To run their sleigh, they need 6-8” of snow, so make sure to keep an eye on the weather! Since reservations fill up quickly, you’ll want to call ahead of time. 

  1. Gingerbread House Walk 

At the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, there will be a variety of different Gingerbread houses made by area residents for everyone to see! You can vote on which Gingerbread house is your favorite. This Gingerbread House Walk is open Sunday-Thursday from 8am-8pm until December 29th. Make sure you don’t miss out on this fun opportunity!

  1. Parade of Trees

Similar to the Gingerbread House Walk, The Geneva Lake Museum is inviting residents to view a variety of Holiday trees! Guests of all ages will be given a ballot where you can vote for your favorite tree. This event will be ending on January 6th, so you’ll have plenty of time after the Holidays are over to enjoy this event! 

Unique Holiday Gift Ideas

It’s time to start thinking about what you want to get for those around you this Holiday. Though you can always go with the cliché holiday gifts, this year, we have some unique holiday gift ideas that might catch your attention! 

  1. Bathing Petal Flower Soap

This petal flower soap is the perfect gift for someone with an elegant bathroom décor. This soap can be used in the bath, or just for everyday hand washing purposes! Since this is a smaller gift, we recommend combining it with other bathroom goodies to make a gift basket. For example, you can pair this soap with bath bombs, body scrubs, face masks, hair treatments, perfumes, and anything else you think they might enjoy!

  1. Pinch Me Therapy Dough 

This present is perfect for those who need a little stress relief throughout the day. Anytime they feel irritated, they can take out the therapy dough “gently knead away your nuisances”. Infused within the therapy dough are oils that are for calming purposes. If there weren’t enough reasons to buy this therapy dough, every Pinch Me product purchase funds their support of the Wounded Warrior Project. 

3. Whiskey Chilling Stones

These chilling stones are perfect for all the whiskey loving individuals in your life, though it can also be used for other drinks as well. It might seem like an odd present at first, but once you realize that the flavor of whiskey is diluted by ice cubes, you’ll understand that this present will enhance your loved ones whiskey experiences. Not to mention that these chilling stones keep your drink colder for longer periods of time. One last added element to consider is that this set comes with a wooden tray which you can customize! 

  1. Elegant Bond Necklace 

Though a necklace is a cliché gift, at Dear Ava, they have the perfect elegant yet simple asymmetrical necklace that is meant to portray an inseparable bond. Anyone you want to get this necklace for, there’s probably a specific necklace for them. For example, there’s necklaces for your best friend, grandma, mother, sister, daughter, or even teacher! They are all the same necklace, but they all come with different notes. An added bonus to this gift is that you can also order gift wrapping with your purchase! If necklaces aren’t your thing, we recommend looking at other jewelry selections that Dear Ava has to offer. 

  1. Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie boards have been popular for a while now, and if you have someone that is always talking about charcuterie but doesn’t have a proper board, then you should consider adding a charcuterie board to your shopping list! There are many different styles of charcuterie boards out there and with just a simple google search, you’ll find all of the different options. In this blog post, we linked a swivel charcuterie board that also comes with knives. This style is great for sharing amongst a group of friends and you don’t have to make the extra purchase of getting cheese knives. 

Ways to Save Money for the Holidays

Though the holidays are still two months away, one problem that always sneaks up on us is getting the perfect present within our budget. If you don’t want to break the bank this holiday season, then now is the time to start saving money! In this blog post, we’ll be going over five ways that you can start saving money for the holidays. 

  1. Set a budget

Before you start saving, you’re going to need a budget to aim for. The holidays shouldn’t be a time full of stress, so when setting a budget, be aware of the amount of money you can spend without breaking the bank. Once you’re aware of your budgetary limits, then plan how much you want to spend on presents, decorations, food, and any other holiday purchases you plan on making. After you know this, add a little room onto your budget for any unexpected purchases. Now that you know your budget, you’ll know how much you need to save. Though budgeting is never fun, your future self will be thanking you!

  1. Download money saving apps

There are many apps that you can download on your phone, computer, or tablet that help cut costs and save money. Apps like Simple round up your purchases to help you reach your savings goal. Round-up apps can be really beneficial when you aren’t able to cut back on purchases. While apps like Honey help you find online deals. If you have a wish list, Honey will tell you when an item on your list has dropped in price. It also provides you with promo codes that you can apply to your online purchases. In the link below, you’ll find a list of innovative apps that help you save money. 

15 of the Best Money Saving Apps for 2020

  1. Shop smarter

One of the easiest ways to save money is through buying the right products at the right time. When grocery shopping, it’s easy to get off track and buy things that you don’t need. To prevent making unnecessary purchases, always make a list before leaving the house and stick to it. If you have a brand that you always buy, think about buying the generic version instead. Over time, this will save you a lot of money. Also keep an eye out for sales and coupons, but remember to not make unnecessary purchases, even if there is a coupon for it! 

10 Ways to Become a Smart Grocery Shopper

  1. Make food at home

It can be easy to fall into the routine of buying food from a restaurant when we don’t want to make food at home. Though overtime, this can become costly. When you eat out, you often end up spending more than you would have if you just ate at home. This is especially relevant if you’re constantly throwing away food you bought from the grocery store. Finding a cost effective way to eat out while also making food at home is a great way to save money. You don’t have to deprive yourself of eating out, just minimize it! If you eat take out two times a week, limit that down to once a week. With the food you have at home, don’t be afraid to change your meals up a bit! This will make eating at home a little more fun!

  1. Save a portion of your paycheck

This is probably the most self explanatory point on this list, but it’s important to consider how much you want to save from each paycheck! Through cutting back on unnecessary spending, you might be able to save more of your paycheck since you won’t be spending as much on a weekly basis. You might be saving for other purposes, but putting some money aside with the intention of using it for the holidays will help calm any nerves about overspending on presents. While you’re putting aside money for the holidays, also consider putting some aside for yourself. You’ll deserve a little treat for yourself once the holidays are over!