Are you overwhelmed by having to shop this holiday season? Do you wait until the last possible minute and then make a mad dash to finish your Christmas shopping? Then this post is for you! Use the following tips to organize your Christmas shopping so it is more enjoyable and less stressful this year!
Organize Your Christmas Shopping Easily
Start With A Detailed List
Grab a piece of paper or a notebook, and a pen. It’s time for you to organize your Christmas shopping by making your list (and checking it twice).
Make a list of all of the people you’ll be buying for this holiday season. Make sure to leave space between each person’s name so you can add more information later. Once you have listed everyone you wish or need to buy for, go back through the list and write down some gift ideas and an estimated amount that you’re willing to spend on each person. For some great, no waste gift ideas for those on your list check out How To Reduce Waste This Christmas.
Here is an example:
- Aunt Linda – Collects lighthouses, loves golf – $30.00
- Chelsi – Candles, bath and body products – $20.00
- Mike – Something for his new truck, loves fishing – $50.00
Bring your list with you when you go shopping. It will help you organize your Christmas shopping by allowing you to stay focused on who you need to shop for, a general idea of what you’re looking for and your budget. As you shop, cross off each person on your list. Be sure to keep an eye open for great sales so that you can grab a few extra gifts – there’s always that visitor that may show up that you didn’t anticipate.
Setting Goals to Organize Your Christmas Shopping
Setting holiday shopping goals for yourself and jotting them down in your notebook can help you to organize your Christmas shopping tremendously. Look at the following example as a reference for where to start.
- Have all the cards in the mail by December 15th.
- Complete my major shopping by December 20th.
- Don’t go over budget!
Making lists and setting goals for yourself will not only save you time and stress, but it will allow you to enjoy the season for what it really is. If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping, start now. It’s not too late to get on track. Don’t wait until the last minute anymore, causing you undue stress and anxiety. The first step is getting a notebook, then, making your list and finally, getting a plan of action by setting some goals to better organize your Christmas shopping.
After The Holidays
When the holidays are past, you should store your notebook away somewhere (make sure you remember the location). Next Christmas, it will serve as a great reference when you’re ready to start your shopping next year. You will know what you bought the previous year and have a good idea of what your budget will be ahead of time!
Starting next year, you will know how to organize your Christmas shopping for a stress-free and enjoyable shopping experience for the many years of Christmas shopping yet to come. Have you made your list yet?
For some great gift ideas please check out any of the posts below:
- This Year Make It The Sweetest Gift – Cookie Trays by The Farm Wife
- Simple Gift Ideas From The Homestead by Oakhill Homestead
- Horseshoe Farm Gift by Home Grown Self Reliance
Happy Holidays, Happy Shopping…and by keeping a Holiday Notebook – Happy You!