Tomorrow is November 1st which brings us to the holiday months!! HOLLA! If you are anything like me, you have started your Christmas shopping lists and are already counting down the days till the Christmas tree can go up. I am not the most organized person, but lists help keep me from forgetting and help me stay somewhat organized with all the shopping and gift giving I get to do! If it ain’t on the list, it probably ain’t gettin done (true story)! I thought it may be helpful to share some of my tips and tricks for shopping and gift giving this holiday season along with some important dates you may want to add to your calendar.
Outside of my family, while making my gift list I include those I come in contact with on a daily or weekly basis to show my appreciation for them. This includes my babysitters/dogsitters, nanny, teachers, mail carriers, co-workers, pastor, housekeepers, pool guys, landscapers and caregivers in general. I usually give a cash tip if they provide a service and sometimes I give them a gift depending on if I find the perfect thing for them. Something you’ll want to be sure you do when you start this process is to decide what your budget is and who you want to include. There are all sorts of things you can give without breaking the bank.
Handmade items are always pretty budget friendly and are a good way to show your appreciation because they have your personal touch and it took you some time to make them. Gifts I have made in the past have included baked goods, salty snacks, soaps or scrubs, bath bombs, greeting cards, ornaments, magnets and picture frames. The list goes on forever but the internet can be your best friend in the homemade gift department. If crafting isn’t your cup of tea, have no fear! There are so many cool gifts you can give that everyone loves. I have found that coffee mugs, blankets, giftcards (shopping and food are winners!), headphones, wine, skincare sets, tote bags, candles, and calendars/planners are great universal gifts for just about anyone. One thing I have learned is to keep a couple extra of these items in my linen closet in case I forgot anyone (and I always do!).
Now again, if you are anything like me, you like a deal and you want to get the most for your money. Here are some dates to keep in mind if you are looking for sales and promotions while you shop this holiday season. Thanksgiving this year falls on November 22nd. In the past, holiday shopping began promptly at 6 am on Black Friday. These days you can get some great deals on Thanksgiving evening for larger, big dollar items. If you are looking for something in particular, check out the deals on this day and potentially save hundreds of dollars. As for me, I will be cuddled up on the couch with a full belly all day on Thanksgiving. If you are one of the brave ones who shop on Thanksgiving… Get it girl! I applaud you and admire your patience! Keep in mind, other big sale days will include Black Friday (11/23), Small Business Saturday (11/24) and Cyber Monday (11/26).
The bottom line is make sure you set a budget and plan accordingly. It is not about the amount you spend but what you put into it. Gift giving is supposed to be the best part of the holidays and if you are stressed and unorganized it won’t be as special. Afterall, “it is better to give than to receive.”