No, in all honesty, this is kind of a hefty post – because getting ready for the holidays is no easy task. But my goal is to make it 110% stress free. Where’s the joy in giving gifts, visiting with family, and celebrating the season if all you do is freak out about it? I have a pretty terrible habit of completely forgetting what I’ve been intending to give people all year round, mostly because I get so distracted. Add pregnancy brain to the mix and you get a full fledged holiday disaster.
Group One: Want, Need, Read. I usually use this for close family members and kids. I learned the concept from Amber Fillerup Clark – she shops for Christmas for her kids in a similar way. The way I like to shop is to get 1-2 things they need, like clothes, 1-2 things they want, like toys, and something to read.
Group Two: Big Love. For my sisters, mom, and mother in law, I usually want to give one substantially sized gift that really comes from the heart. Something that they’ve been wanting for a while, rather than a bunch of little things that don’t mean as much.
Group Three: Stocking Stuffers. These are the smaller gifts to show everyone else in your life that you’re thinking of them.
Before Christmas shopping gets really crazy, I like to just browse the aisles and Pinterest boards to get creative ideas, especially for stocking stuffers. Get on emails lists to scope out sales, especially with the MOTHERLOAD of all stocking stuffers, Bath and Body Works. Plus, I’ve been working on compiling lists of great holiday content from other bloggers, too – gift giving guides for moms, MILs, coworkers, boyfriends, dads, kids, and everyone in between.
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