Inside: Find out the 6 steps to easily accomplishing your family’s gift list!
There is nothing better than the satisfying proud feeling when you get all of your Christmas shopping done!
But this is no easy task, so I wanted to help you ace this Christmas by giving you tips and tricks to effortlessly plan and accomplish your family Christmas gifts and Christmas list!
The key to accomplishing your Christmas List and family Christmas gifts is to start planning what you need to do and get done- such as make your Christmas list, budget, decide on what to gifts to give, where to shop, and to shop smartly.
It may seem like that’s a lot to do but trust me, these tips will help you accomplish ALL of these things in a breeze!
One of the best things you can do to help you accomplish all that you have to get done is to use a Christmas Planner. Luckily, I created an awesome Christmas List & Budget Planner that will help you check everything off of your Christmas “to-do” list easily.
So, let’s get down to it!
How to Effortlessly plan & Accomplish Your Family Christmas Gifts & List
#1—Make a Christmas list
The first thing you should do is to actually make a Christmas List. This may seem super obvious but a lot of people don’t physically make a list, they just make a mental list and shop based on what they see at the moment.
I used to do this and then didn’t understand why I was failing so hard at Christmas gift-giving and family Christmas gifts. Once I started actually making a list I felt like I was on top of the Christmas mountain!
The goal of a Christmas List is to have all of the people you want/need to get gifts for all in one place. It’s almost like your master sheet. It has everyone’s names so you never have to feel like you are forgetting someone and it also has your gift ideas and even a place for you to set a budget for each person.
It’s the one go-to place for you to track your Christmas gifts and people you want to give gifts too. It’s a lifesaver!
If you want to learn how to make an amazing Christmas List, check out my post “How to Make a Christmas List in 3 Easy Steps”!
#2 — Wishlist
After you make your Christmas List, you’ll want to think of gifts to buy each person on your list. Brainstorm their likes, interests, and needs. This always helps me think of great gifts. I even end up thinking of a few different gift ideas in case I don’t find one then I have a backup idea!
Want to come to with perfect gift ideas?? Check out my post “How to Come Up with Perfect Christmas Gift Ideas”!
#3 — Decide on a budget
The next important thing to do to accomplish perfect family Christmas gifts is to decide on a budget for your gifts. You can choose to have an overall budget that you work with or break that budget up and have a particular budget for each person on your Christmas list.
You can take their wish list or the gifts that you thought of for each person based on their wants, needs, and likes and come up with a budget that would fit that person!
The great thing about a budget is you can see and track what you are spending. One of the major issues with the holiday season is a lot of people spend SO MUCH money. But if you set a budget, you are more likely to be frugal and shop sales instead of just buying whatever you see.
Another cool thing about a budget is you can decide as a family how much you want your budget to be for each person. That way, everyone is getting the same value of gifts and no one has to feel like their gift stinks compared to a really fancy, expensive gift.
I find that budgets make everything fair.
#4 – Think of Places to get what is on your list
Now that you have your Christmas List, budget and overall concept of what you want to get each person, it’s time to actually think of where you can get each of those gifts! Maybe you need to head to a mall that’s a little further away that has all of the stores you need. Or maybe you want to visit an outlet to be able to get all of your gifts on a discount so you can meet your budget.
Sometimes I even make a note next to each person’s name on my list of where I want to shop for them. If I’m making a DIY gift then I’ll write “Hobby Lobby” or “Michaels” next to their name. If I’m getting my husband the latest smart technology then I’ll write “Best Buy” next to his name.
Sometimes I don’t know WHAT I want to get someone but I know WHERE I want to go to find them something. This is perfectly fine to do as well!
P.S. My Christmas Planner has all of the templates you need to help you track sales, clearances and what you want to buy from each store!
#5 — Dedicate a weekend to shopping
Now that you know WHERE you want to shop, it’s time to actually shop! I usually dedicate a full weekend to Christmas shopping, that way I can get it out of the way and I’m not running around frantic a week before Christmas. Black Friday weekend is a great time to get your shopping done because the sale lasts for daaayyysss. You can even shop online and don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home!
I like to get the major Christmas gifts out of the way- like the big toys and larger gift items- all in one shot. If you actually PLAN to go shopping and have a set budget then you’re super likely to accomplish everything that you need to get done!
#6 — Keep an eye open everywhere you go
Another great tip to accomplishing your family Christmas gifts is to keep your eyes open for sales and gifts everywhere you go. You never know when you will see something that you weren’t expecting to see- even at a lower price!
Even if you are at the grocery store or at the dollar store, be on the lookout for things that you know are on your list or you know that you need. Be aware of your surroundings at all times! You have no idea how much money I’ve saved over the years by doing this.
#7 — Comb the circulars and coupon sections (Keep your Receipts)
The last and final tip for planning and accomplishing your family Christmas gifts is to go through circulars and coupon sections for different stores. Since you are on a budget and know somewhat what you want to buy each person now you can start searching for those particular gifts.
A great tip is to sign up for emails from the website of the store that has the gift you want. That way you can see what sales they have weekly without having to think much about it. There’s this awesome app called “Flipp” that also has all of the weekly circulars for each store so you don’t have to physically get the paper and flyers!
Also, be sure to keep your receipts too in case you need to return something or price match at a later time!
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Well, there you have it! I hope I was able to help you effortlessly plan and accomplish your family Christmas gifts!
I know it seems like a lot of planning but when you actually start to do it, it’s so easy and will take less than 20 minutes!
Planning your gifts and list out before you go shopping will help you immensely. Trust me!
Happy gift giving!