With all things Pinterest infiltrating my brain I can not help but begin thinking about Christmas shopping. Gasp. Ack. Holy cow.
It will be here before we know it.
True to form, we have a busy few months ahead with numerous business trips, Halloween, Gia’s birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Luke’s birthday. We do not live within 200 miles of any relatives read: shipping.
So I am working on my Christmas list. This is how I do it:
- I am making a list of everyone that needs a present.
- I categorize my list with (this is going to sound awful) by obligatory or thoughtful presents.
- Obligatory presents have a price limit as do thoughtful ones (with a few exceptions i.e.: RT, Mom, etc)
- Obligatory presents I will find with one Google search, one click, pay for gift wrapping and shipping and be done.
- Thoughtful will take more time. I think there will me more Pinterest-ing to help find ideas.
- I try to have everything picked out by black Friday and purchase on cyber Monday.
- Then, DONE.
- I keep a Google Doc of all my addresses over the course of the year and update it as I obtain new addresses.
- Christmas cards are ordered from Hallmark where you upload your address list and they mail them. For free. For real. That easy.
- I try to have at least one egg nog latte from Peet’s while doing each of the above items which usually adds a good ten holiday pounds. (“This is really a lie, I am not sure why I just lied to you about that.”- name that movie but I do love egg nog lattes and I do tend to gain holiday weight.) Trying to avoid that this year.
Is anyone else already thinking about holiday shopping and all that goes into it? The holidays were never stressful when I was growing up and I hope that feeling along to Gia and Luke as well. I also want to focus on doing good during the holiday season and not just mindless consumption. What is your mode for the holiday season. Plan and do early or Christmas eve frenzy?