Are you a Christmas superfan who can’t get enough of Santa, snowmen, holiday music — and even holiday Muzak?
Or are you staring at your gift list, synthesizer version of “Sleigh Bells Ring” playing in the background, and feeling, well, broke?
A seasonal side gig may be just the thing to get you through December with your spirit and finances in tact. Here are seven Christmas jobs and holiday-related gigs to put some extra jingle in your pocket.
1. Sell Baked Goods
If you love to bake, this season is your time to shine. Most everyone loves to indulge in extra delights around Christmas (calories? Who’s counting?). But let’s be real: Baking is time-consuming, it’s hard work, and it’s easy to mess up.
You can rescue your neighbors, your co-workers and your area farmers’ market shoppers with ready-made treats. Read how to earn money selling your baked goods.
2. Deck Someone Else’s Halls
Decorating is a little like baking in that it’s fun, yes, but it’s also a chore. (Yeah, we said it.)
Getting up on a ladder to hang lights, untangling said lights, stringing them across the eaves only to realize you’ve run out of cord — It’s a jolly good time until you’re actually doing it.
That’s where the savvy seasonal side-hustler comes in. Market yourself for Christmas decorator jobs around your neighborhood or on a platform like Task Rabbit or Craigslist, offering up your services of hanging Christmas lights, trimming trees and even wrapping gifts. You could also find a gig with a professional decorating company.
3. Get a Retail Job
Big retailers are hiring seasonal workers by the thousands. And thanks to the low rate of unemployment, they’re having to compete with each other for workers to fill the gigs. That means better pay and benefits.
The Penny Hoarder has tallied some 400,000 Christmas job openings at major employers around the country. Many of the jobs involve ringing registers and delivering packages.
If you want a side gig that could last into the new year, tax prep specialists Jackson Hewitt is staffing up for the 2020 tax season.
4. Work as Santa Claus
If you can pull off a red suit and a big white beard and deftly handle questions about how a grown man can fit down a chimney, this gig is practically begging for you.
Santa’s helpers are in high demand at malls, parties and community festivals. And these Christmas jobs pay.
But first, check out our ultimate guide to working as a professional Santa Claus.
5. Sell Your Homemade Holiday Crafts
You can warm yourself in holiday spirit, exercise your artsy side and make a little money all at once by making and selling Christmasy crafts. Pinterest runneth over with ideas.
Here are a few of our favorites.
6. Shovel Snow
Think of this as your holiday income stream and your winter workout regimen to keep the December weight gain at bay. Win-win!
Shovler is an app, much like Uber, that connects willing shovelers with buried driveways. (Actually, the owners of said driveways.) You shovel, they pay.
7. Take Family Portraits
If you’ve got a good eye and a better-than-decent camera, you can offer your services shooting those ubiquitous holiday family photos of everyone in matching plaid pajamas.
If you can think of an original image, all the better. And if you can get all the kids to smile at once … please, please share your secret fairy dust because we’ve literally never pulled that off.
Here’s what you need to start making money taking family photos.
Molly Moorhead is a senior editor at The Penny Hoarder and the mother of two small boys who squirm and make faces during photo sessions.