I know what you’re thinking. We’ve yet to hit Halloween and I am already telling you to start your Christmas shopping. Well, that’s the way it is muffin, and unless you want to tousle with the pros (and by pros I mean the December shoppers that will rip that waffle iron right out of your hand without a second thought) you best get started.
Furthermore, unless you’re looking for a place to get rid of all of that extra money you have, you might need to budget as you go. Because I like you, I’m going to tell you how it’s done. You can thank me by adding me to your Christmas list.
Make a List
I don’t care if your version of a list is beautifully handwritten on monogrammed writing paper or a few misspelled sentences typed into your phone, just get your list made. This will save you all kinds of time and energy. Wandering around a shop and hoping something will pop out at you, doesn’t work. It never works. Your list should look something like this:
Mom – Espresso Maker
Jim – Bluetooth Speakers
Shanell (that cool writer from Piccolo Universe) – Wine
Got it? Good.
Buy at Least One Gift Every Pay Day
If you think about it that means you likely only have a half dozen more pay days until Christmas, so you better get started. As you buy the gifts you can store them in your house and wait until closer to the big day to do some wrapping. Wrapping early usually results in some unwrapping because we forget what we bought. It’s important to be keen but don’t push it.
Don’t Make Grand Plans
Okay, I am not trying to talk you out of doing something nice for your friends and family this Christmas. but committing to making homemade wool socks for everyone is a little over the top. Make some sugar cookies and give Pinterest a rest for a little while. The reality is that your family is really more interested in spending time with you and your socks make them itchy, anyway.
Are you still here? Seriously, it’s time to get started. Oh, and I was only kidding about the wine thing. I’d prefer cash.