Advent calendar. Super cute Christmas decoration. Piece of wood, big branch to hold 24 or 25 small gifts and little lights. Can be used year-round with different decorations!
Christmas Craft Project: Advent Calendar
Christmas Decor: DIY (simple) advent calendar using wooden clothes pins, paint, and a discount frame. More info here. Really simple. Could also be used to hang holiday cards, and later as a calendar that holds important dates/times.