Save Your Christmas Card List as a Word Document so you can open it every year when you send cards. Throughout the year you can update and add new addresses. After the holidays, it will be easier to edit and add addresses from the cards you received. Mail cards early before all the busyness of the holiday starts. Buy the cards at the end of the season and save for the next year so you can start addressing cards before season begins next year.
Create Your Gift List in an Excel Spreadsheet or Word Document – Keep a list all year long on computer and start collecting links to gift ideas. As the holidays approach, print it and put it in your purse or wallet. Make a list of names of people to buy for and crossing off names as you buy. When you see an idea or they mention something they would like, add it to your list. Don’t worry if you did not get this together early on this year, simply start now and make your list. You can use it next year to get a head start on your gift planning. When it’s time to shop next year you will have great ideas for everyone.
Take a weekday off in early December to shop – Take a Tuesday or Wed off in early December and avoid frantic last minute and weekend warriors.
Create a Hostess Gift Bin – Make sure to buy extra small hostess gifts for spur of the moment parties this season and throughout the year.
Create a Gift Theme this year and buy all of your gifts around one theme. Keep it simple: candles and candle platters, linens to include napkins, tablecloths wine accessories such as wine glass tags, cork screws, wine glasses…
Organize aHoliday Sweet Swap – Each person in the swap makes a huge batch of one recipe then swaps with each other. This way you don’t have to buy a ton of different ingredients you just have to buy for your one recipe. I LOVE doing this.
Stock up on the Food and Gift Wrapping Staples that you know you are going to need for those holiday meals, along with tape, ribbons and gift wrap and anything else so you can get a head start.
Prepare a Food Backup- Make casseroles, snack foods and cold desserts in early December. Buy extra healthy snack packs and keep some in your purse and car so you wont be forced to eat junk food while you are out and about.
Bake and fFreeze – Start making Christmas cookies and baked goods a few weeks earlier than last year. Freezing the cookies/desserts will make the holidays so much less stressful because you won’t have to bake at the last minute.
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