Christmas will be here before we know it! Shop windows are changing, coffee shops are releasing their holiday drinks, and decorative lights are starting to line the streets. It’s a beautiful and fun time of year, but also a stressful one.
The last thing you want to do is be stuck last-minute gift shopping on Christmas Eve, so the best thing to do is start early. That way, come December all you have to do is relax.
It all comes down to planning. The main reason people end up in a scramble is that they don’t plan well, and time ends up slipping away from them.
● Make a list. Write down all the people you need to buy gifts for, and start coming up with gift ideas. It’s ok if you can’t think of something for everyone immediately. More ideas will come up as you keep going. Don’t forget to take note of any extras you might need: gift wrap/bags/tags, any food items that may come in handy for lunches and dinners (chocolates, cookies, sauces, alcohol).
● Set dates. First, come up with a deadline for the end of your gift shopping. Then you can think of actual shopping days. You can go on one big shopping day to get it all over with, or maybe going little by little on lunch breaks or after work will be better for you.
● Plan a budget. You might want to discuss this with your family and friends first. Having a budget will be better for your wallet and your mind. You can figure out which shops to go to when you have a set price range.
● Have a prep day. Once all your shopping is done, set aside a day to get everything ready for the big day (gift wrapping, writing cards, etc). Put on some music, set yourself up with your favorite snacks and drinks, maybe even invite a friend over. Make it as fun and relaxing as possible.
● Don’t forget about yourself. While the holidays are all about giving to your loved ones, there are always things that you’ll need too. Remember to plan around any parties and dinners you’re invited to. Why not use all your newfound free time (thanks to careful planning) to do some pampering?
And voila! You’ll be good to go for the big day. Don’t forget to find a good hiding spot for your gifts!