A Christmas Gift Guide for planning, budgeting, shopping ahead.
My favorite part of the Christmas holiday is giving gifts. I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s true. I love putting some thought into purchasing or making a gift that I think someone will love.
My first married Christmas was overwhelming. We lived out of state so we would be driving, fitting bags packed for two weeks, all of the Christmas gifts, and going to both families’ homes for the holiday and my gift list to buy for more than doubled. Ahhh!
Fast forward and I have it down to an art. I enjoy being organized and I have over ten years of retail experience. Here are some tricks and tips I hope will make your Christmas gifting easier and possibly even enjoyable.
As I mentioned before, I love being organized. Planning is such an easy way for me to map everything out on paper so that nothing gets left out and I can get it done ahead of time and enjoy the holidays.
Depending on how many gifts you buy each year, it can be challenging. Make a list of every single person you will be gifting for the Christmas season. For example, I have family members, some business associates, some clients and don’t forget a few fur babies. I will write down each name on a list.
If I already know or have an idea of what I want to get for that person, I will write that down as well. If I don’t, that’s fine too, sometimes it’s easier for me to shop as I go along or maybe something will catch my eye randomly and it will make me think of that person.
Pro-tip: If you have little ones that you’re buying for and you have no idea what to get them, ask their parents haha!
Pro-tip: Be sure to get include a gift receipt.
This is important. It’s easy for me to get caught up in the moment of shopping and not always pay attention to the price tag. If you can do that, more power to ya!
I recommend coming up with a budget for gifts. It can be challenging, but I promise it will make you feel organized and better when you have a plan, you stick to it and it doesn’t break the bank. After all, gifts are about the thought and not the amount of money spent on it, right?
Earlier I mentioned having retail experience. This is where that has come in handy for my life – shopping. The malls, and let’s face it, every store is absolutely a sh*t show after Thanksgiving. Pardon my French, but oy vey. If you take one thing from this blog, please try finishing your shopping before Thanksgiving if only to see how incredible it feels, and also because the crowds of Christmas shopping are scary. It is 2020 though, and I’m sure most of you, like myself, shop online these days. That makes it even easier to get done ahead of time.
One other thing that I love about getting my shopping done before Thanksgiving is that from Thanksgiving to Christmas, I truly get to enjoy the holidays. My first married Christmas I was shopping up until the day we left town and oh man that was so stressful. That was the year I decided – never again! Haha.
This is a favorite of mine. I love giving the gifts, but if I’m being completely honest it’s wrapping the gifts that is my favorite. In high school, I had a teacher who showed me how to wrap gifts in such a professional way. Ms. Simmons taught me how to crease all of the corners and fold over the raw edges. Over the years, again from working in retail, I learned different ways to wrap bows and how using something so small, like double sided tape, can make a huge difference in presentation.
I’m doing a follow-up blog on How to Wrap a Christmas Gift soon – stay tuned.