Yes, I am preparing for the holidays now!
Here are 5 ways that you can prepare for the holidays NOW to save yourself time and stress in November and December.
#1- Every month (or payday) buy a gift card... in November and December, you will have plenty of money saved for extra shopping! Alternatively, you can check with your bank to see if they have a Christmas Club account.
#2- Using your favorite list making app (or notebook) make a list of everyone you buy for... as you see things and think of ideas, write them down (or go ahead and buy it!)
#3- Start making gifts early. There are lots of crafty people in the world! If you are one of them, harness those powers and get crafting! Creating all those hand-knitted scarves or needlepoint hangings take time. The earlier you start, the more you can make!
#4- Shop now if you are in the market for new Christmas decorations! Now is the time to find them CHEAP!
#5- Consider online options. According to a survey completed by Consumer Reports National Research Center, the most stressful part of the holidays is dealing with long lines and crowds. I have a family tradition of going shopping on Black Friday with my mom, grandmothers and sister, but everything else was done online! (Actually, some online shopping was done at the mall during Black Friday shopping, but that's another story!)
Drop me a note in the comments if you have any other tips for preparing for the holidays! I would love to hear them!