This post is the fourth in the Simplifying the Season 7 Day Challenge to create a plan to optimize your ability to fully enjoy the holidays with less stress. If you missed the first three days of this challenge, you can read those posts here. In order to get the most out of this challenge, sign up to receive your FREE Purposeful Holiday Planner workbook here!
Day 4: Plan Your Gift List
Now that you have created your holiday budget, it is time to plan your gift list. If you are anything like me, it is very easy to get carried away with buying gifts. Sometimes I forget what I already bought someone, so I keep buying things for them. Then there are times when I just.can’t.stop buying gifts. Or I might accidentally forget to buy a gift for someone until the last minute. In order to keep your spending within the budget your created on day 3 of this challenge, it is important to keep track of gifts!
On the Gift Giving List page of your Purposeful Holiday Planner, write down the names of everybody you would like to give a gift to. In the next column, jot down gift ideas. If the gift requires a purchase, you can write in the item and its cost once you have bought it. This enables you to track your spending and ensure that you are staying within your budget for gifts. It also helps you remember what you are giving to everyone and keeps you organized so you know who you still need to find a gift for.
Creating a gift list will also help you to take advantage of sales and promotions during the holiday season, allowing you to save more money!
If you have a long list of family and friends to buy for that your budget doesn’t match, you may need to consider some less expensive (but still meaningful!) gift options. Consider baked goods, handmade items, acts of service or IOU’s, or even the gift of experiences together. I love this post by Shannon at GrowingSlower that contains over 140 DIY gift ideas that can be made in an hour or less!
Seeing the numbers on paper is actually quite helpful! You will know who you still need to find gifts for and how much money you have to work with. This is a very simple aspect of planning, but it is enormously helpful in simplifying holiday gift-giving. Less to remember and less to worry about! That adds up to less stress and more enjoyment of the holiday season, my friends.
What are your ideas for sticking to your gift-giving budget? Leave a comment below!