This is part of a Holiday series for Starbucks and their StarbucksÆ Christmas Blend coffee!
Christmas is rapidly approaching, and while this time of the year is full of family, friends, and time together, it can also be a bit stressful.†
Wouldn’t it be nice if there wasn’t a single ounce of stress around the holidays? Planning ahead, which is something I’m still learning to do, always pays off in the end. And this year, I’m cracking down on the gift list early. I tend to just go shopping with no direction or ideas in mind and just “see what comes to me”. That has resulted in many gift cards and frustrations that I didn’t put more thought into gift buying.
I’m a sucker for a cute printable or organizing app for my phone, so I found a few tools that will help me, and maybe you, be more organized this holiday season.†
First, take time to sit down and think about your gift buying list when you are in the mood. Maybe light a Christmas candle, or start to pull out some of your gift wrapping supplies.†
My favorite two printables that I came across online can be found here, and here. One is a little more detailed than the other, but each will help you organize your gift ideas, and you can keep track of what you purchased and how much it cost.†
A useful app, for those of you who prefer the digital organizational tools, is The Christmas List app. You can set a password so no one can sneak in and see what’s on your list!†
It also allows you to upload a photo of the family member or friend, and list ideas, prices, and when you do actually buy an item, you can record that too.†
I will use this app for recording what I actually buy, and refer to the paper lists for ideas beforehand.†
Although organizing your gift list will help you prepared for the holidays a bit, it’s still hard to come up with ideas!†
For the women in your life, search their Pinterest boards. If they aren’t on Pinterest, make them get on! Beyond that, think through their daily routine and see if anything comes to you. Are they a stay at home mom? A working professional? In college? In grad school? Try to think of things that you appreciated in those chapters of your lives, and see if a gift idea comes to you that way.†
For the men, think about the things they care about. Games and Movies? Tools? Gadgets? Then head to Best Buy, Home Depot, or Bridgestone.†
And when all else fails, and you can’t come up with a single idea, hair products are always a delight to receive.†
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