The season of Christmas is the season of giving and there is joy in giving. The joyous season has the thrill of giving. And when you give, you get. Exchanging of presents can create a wonderful bonding between individuals exchanging them – family or not. In this season, one can tend to go nuts over what to, what not to, how to and where to buy stuff for their loved ones. This can take a lot of time if one just heads to a store and tries to get the first thing they see. You can totally go overboard trying to do that. These following seven steps are going to make your life easy this Christmas. So take a peek at ‘em.
Make a list of loved ones
You need to make a list of the ones you want to buy Christmas presents for. This list could include grandmas, grandpas, uncles, aunts, spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, kids, friends and even co-workers and bosses. You can also show some love to people like your mailman, the old lady next door or anyone who deserves some. Making a list helps you amount the people you have to shop for. Next to their names on the list, add the stuff you want to buy them. The next step will help you choose what to buy.
Differentiate needs from wants
We often get caught up in the “Daddy, I want that robot” and forget if your son really needs it or not. You need to be rational while planning what to buy according to the list that you’ve just made but at the same time, be reasonable. After all, it’s Christmas! When you give it a thought and if that makes you go, “She’s gonna love it” – go for it. There’s nothing more precious than the smiles on your loved ones’ faces. Besides, we’re sure you’ve been saving up all year for this.
Make a budget
Once you’ve made a note of the things you want to buy, do a little online research of the products and their prices. Make an estimation of each of the products next to the person. Always add a couple dollars to the price the product is available at. When you go shopping for it, you might grab it on sale. This will help you estimate how much you need on the whole and when you end up having a few extra bucks after you’ve shopped, you will feel good.
Make a to-do list
Once you’ve made a budget, make a to-do list. Group the things you can buy at one place and put them all down on a post-it. Make different post-its for different groups of things. If you manage to get all stuff at one place, there’s nothing like it, but make sure you don’t miss out on anything. That could be the worst – forgetting to buy something and you don’t realize until Christmas Eve.
This is one of the most crucial steps while shopping for Christmas. You need to keep in mind that stores get really busy as Christmas approaches. You also tend to forget things in a hurry. So in order to avoid the hustle-bustle, shop as early as you can and keep things ready so you can relax during holidays.
Wrap them yourself
To keep the Christmas spirit intact, make sure you’re wrapping the presents yourself. You can also add in a little personalized note to really make a present special. In the end, keep them all somewhere safe and post them if you need to.
Always crosscheck if you’ve covered everything and everyone on your list. Rest assured you’re all good to go.
These few tips can help you organize your Christmas shopping this year and in the end, you can spend some quality time with your family. Happy Holidays!