As the holidays get closer, people often feel overwhelmed with shopping, parties and family gatherings. One great way to reduce stress is to plan ahead and be better organized. A holiday gift list can help you to manage holiday stress.
Step 1: Make a List of People You’d Like to Give To
Make a list of everyone you’d like to give a gift to this holiday season. From your children to your coworkers to your letter carrier, simply write down everyone that comes to mind.
Step 2: Create a Gift Giving Budget
Setting a dollar limit on each person’s gifts and an overall holiday spending budget will allow you to have better control over your funds. This can help curb shopping and improve your finances in the new year.
Step 3: Brainstorm Gift Ideas
Next to each name, brainstorm a few gift ideas. Perhaps your friend would like a scented candle, a scarf or a gift certificate to a nail salon. For every person on your list, think of a few ideas and write them down.
Step 4: Determine Where to Shop
Make a list of all stores or online shops you’ll need to visit to buy all of these gifts. If you’re going to local stores, use this list to plan your shopping travel route.
Step 5: Schedule a Time to Shop
Now that you know how many gifts you want and which stores you need to go to, plan a time to shop. If it fits your schedule, it may be easier to shop on a weekday when the stores aren’t as busy and there is less traffic.
Step 6: Set a Deadline
Last minute holiday shopping is extremely stressful. If you start shopping early enough, schedule a time to shop and set a deadline date to have all shopping completed, your holiday season will be more relaxing.
Step 7: Wrap the Gifts
Make sure you have enough gift wrapping supplies for your holidays. After you’ve finished shopping for all gifts, gift wrap and gift bags, schedule a time to wrap everything.
Step 8: Enjoy the Gift Giving Experience
Attend parties and family gatherings without the last minute rush to find gifts. Sit back and enjoy sharing these gifts with your friends and family.