Hello Beautiful Friends,
I recently received the first of what I assume will be many holiday inspired catalogs at our household. A Slight panic ensued. (Deep breath) While I realize we haven’t even dealt with the leftover Halloween candy yet, I can also still see the 4th of July in the rearview mirror. Point being, time flies and the holidays will be here before you know it! Despite good intentions and planning, it can often be a time in which we feel overwhelmed. It is always a good idea to get a head start when it comes to all things most wonderful time of the year. Making the season magical and as low stress-inducing as possible is the goal.
Said planning can entail many different aspects surrounding the season. Food, beverage, parties & gatherings, travel, gifting, decorating, etc.
Today’s post is focused on sharing the system that I use to help me in planning for holiday gift giving. If you don’t do any gifting, more power to you, but this won’t be very enlightening.
Most of you will have a list (and check it twice) of the shopping you plan to do. That is a great start!
As you begin to compile your lists and start shopping, use a spreadsheet or my printable to track what you have gotten for those special people on your list – A Holiday Gift Archive. Simple, right? This will let you keep a record of what you have completed and what you have left to do.
A little tippity tip sidebar: Take note of things that people you give gifts mention liking or wanting throughout the year. I find it very helpful and consider it clever gift inspiration when I need it most. I keep these mentions or ideas in my Cozi app on a list just for that purpose. If you aren’t friends with Cozi yet, don’t wait another day!!!
I love giving gifts, especially when I find that perfect gift for my recipient. It’s the best!