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The Art of Holiday Gift Giving

Saw something the other day that would be perfect for someone on your list only to realize a few days later you actually didn’t make a list and forget what it was you wanted to get them? If this sounds familiar, now’s the time to grab a pen and paper, laptop, or cell phone and jot a few things down.

Begin by listing off every person you plan to buy for. Next to their name, write down your budget, any gift ideas, whether or not the purchase was made, if their gift has been wrapped, and if necessary, the date the item was shipped or given to them.

Rather than playing the guessing game, don’t be afraid to ask someone on your list exactly what he or she wants. The more detailed they can be, the better. It will help cut down the time you have to spend looking for the item(s) and they will get exactly what they had in mind. It’s a win-win!

If you have someone on your list that already seems to have everything, try giving the gift of experience rather than “stuff.” Some ideas include a tickets to a comedy club, cooking classes, spa certificates, or treating them to their favorite restaurant. We also think personalized memories such as a framed family picture are sure to be appreciated.

Need more gift-giving inspiration? See our previous post offering suggestions for clutter-free gift giving  ideas.

We hope these few tips help you enjoy gift giving this holiday season rather than viewing it as a chore. Here’s to bows, ribbon, and pretty packages tied up with strings!

Looking for more ideas so that you can have a Simply Organized Holiday Season? Check out our e-Book and Workbook that will provide strategies, tips, and even forms and template you can use to make sure you maximize the joy and minimize the stress this holiday season.

Merry Merry. Happy Happy.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. […] some ideas before you begin your list?  Check out one of our previous posts The Art of Holiday Gift Giving or maybe you want to give something that isn’t a retail item, look for great ideas in this […]

  2. […] may want to check out our post on the Art of Holiday Gift Giving and take us up on our suggestion to start by making a list of who you need to shop for, what ideas […]

  3. I enjoyed Christmas shopping the most when I worked near stores and could go out at pick things up on my lunch hour. Then I changed jobs where this was no longer an option, and now of course I work at home, and it became a much bigger deal.

    Now that our kids are grown up, our shopping is much more streamlined, but I do miss those days of watching the secret stash growing as we got closer to the Big Day!

  4. Jill Robson says:

    I never leave the house to shop for Christmas gifts without a list. I dislike shopping, so we try to get it done all in one day.

    • Debbie says:

      A list can help you stay on track, and save time and money. Especially if you’re trying to get it all done in one day. Good for you! Do you have a shopping date picked out for this season yet?

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