Effective Holiday Gift Shopping Organization and Planning | + Free Printable Holiday Shopping List

Effective Holiday Gift Shopping Organization and Planning | + Free Printable Holiday Shopping List | www.annemariemitchell.com

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holidays are arriving soon--and oh, you know what that means. 

Stampeding Women. Salespeople you want to stab. Empty wallets (a.k.a Crying husbands). 

Just kidding. But not really. Although the holidays are fun-filled it can definitely be stressful--like pull your hair out stressful. So translation = we're all balding. Time to add a weave to the Christmas list.

Our lives are already busy enough without trying to get the holiday shopping in a reasonable time and with sanity in tact. I've run the gauntlet a few times and pieced together what keeps me on track. 

These holiday gift shopping tips will help you stay organized and timely with a laid out plan. My free Holiday Shopping List Template will help you sort out who to buy gifts for and how many gifts you need with a helpful checklist to remind you of anyone missing. Budget your spending with a list of prices and totals for each person. Just check off which presents have been bought and wrapped and you have yourself an organized life--just in time for the holidays. Yay, gift to yourself! 

EFFECTIVE WAYS TO PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPING:

PLAN AHEAD OF TIME

Start your holiday shopping out by getting a good idea of what you want to buy for people. Begin planning by perusing possible store options on the internet (nice and easy since you can do this from the comfort of your own home instead of aimlessly walking around the mall).  After that, simply put aside a day in your schedule that you will shop for presents--either in store or by ordering online. I abide by a rule of buying presents at least one week in advance if bought in store and three weeks if ordered online. This generally ensures that my wrapping gets done and doesn't look like a baby teethed on it. 

WRITE OUT NAMES & GIFT IDEAS THEN ELIMINATE OPTIONS

You want to make sure you are buying meaningful gifts for meaningful people. Buying 50 billion cheapo presents for any random Bob and Joe acquaintance isn't going to leave you or them feeling fulfilled. Write down the names of people who have had an impact in your life or invested time in you--and invest in them in return. Once you find some gifts you think the people on your list might like, save them to your shopping cart and/or bookmark the website. Take some time to think about each person's personality and what they would really enjoy. Then narrow down and eliminate the items until you have picked the present you know they will love. Write it down on your list to keep track.

"Meaningful gifts for meaningful people--a way to invest in those who have invested in YOU" [Tweet this]

SET A BUDGET AND STICK TO IT

Having a budget will ensure you are spending your money with more thought for each person (and keep your wallet in tact and holiday debt at bay too). A budget will keep you thinking, "Would this gift be special to that person while also being a reasonable price for myself?" This way you are being fair to you and fair to the receiver. No more holiday gift resentment--on either side.

KEEP TRACK OF BOUGHT VS. WRAPPED GIFTS 

I can't tell you how many times I've bought a gift in advance, then put it aside and forgotten about it. You know what that means? Crappy last minute wrapping jobs à la moi. OR the reverse situation has happened and I somehow think I've bought a gift for Sally when in reality I've bought one for Betsy. You can avoid epic life failures like this by checking off exactly who you've bought and wrapped gifts for. That's why a cute little "check" space is on my free printable list. 

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Holiday Gift Shopping List

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What are some of your holiday shopping tactics?

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