It is December 1st and my mother has already finished her Christmas shopping. I am not kidding. I know this because I helped with much of the ordering on Cyber Monday. And no, I didn’t buy one thing, because I am such an amazing daughter that I focused all the energy on helping her. Undoubtedly this means her gifts for me will be particularly spectacular 😉
So, if you are like me and are just beginning the process now, here a few steps to making it less painful:
Make a list. Just like Santa, you need to write down everyone you need to buy a gift for. This way you don’t accidentally forgot, say, a nephew (I have four of them, so it could happen!). I like to organize my list by family.
Set a budget. Determine how much you can spend on gifts as a whole and then assign a number to each person on your list. Remember, while the total budget should remain the same, you can adjust individual budgets based on other gifts.
Research Online. Instead of driving from store to store, do some online research first. This will help inspire ideas (if you haven’t received a list!) as well as confirming your budget.
How is your Christmas shopping coming along?