Now that the holidays are over, do you just want to forget all about gift shopping? As much as I enjoy giving gifts, I used to feel wiped out after the holidays and the stress of finding the perfect gift for family, friends, teachers, neighbors, coworkers, and so on. I was stressed out until I started using a Yearlong Gift Planner Checklist for my family, friends and others. Each January I print out a new gift planner worksheet to use for the new year. Planning and managing gift giving all year-long makes my gift planning so much easier and I’m able to stay well within my budget with no problem.
I add all the names of family and friends with their birthdays. I list them chronologically so I don’t “forget” anyone’s birthday. As soon as I print out my new checklist in January I write down any gift ideas I have. I often see gift ideas in the store, on TV or even get ideas from what I’ve seen other family and friends received during the holidays. I always write ideas down in pencil because not surprisingly my gift giving plans often change throughout the year.
Using my Yearlong Gift Planning Checklist allows me to be purposeful in my gift planning and purchasing. No more (or much fewer) last-minute panic gift purchases. Using the checklist also helps keep me on budget. And since I’m looking ahead at the entire year (yes, I’m even looking at next Christmas now in January) I’m able to take advantage of salesthroughout the year. This helps me stay within my budget and often I’m able to buy a more expensive gift because I’m able to get it on sale rather than buying a last-minute-panic-I’ll-spend-any-amount gift. If I purchase the gift ahead of time, I make a note on the back of my checklist of where I hid it so I don’t forget (tell me I’m not the only one that has done that…more than once).
I also add the names of teachers, coaches neighbors, my hairstylist, mail carrier, etc. For teachers and coaches, instead of birth dates, I’ll write down appropriate dates like teacher appreciation week or end of season party dates.
You can print out your own Yearlong Gift Planner Checklist and get started on a stress-free gift giving year. Have fun and happy gift giving this year.