1. Plan ahead and stay organized
Spreadsheets and handwritten lists are the perfect way to keep on top of who you need to buy gifts for, ideas that you have throughout the year, and also for keeping track of what you’ve already purchased.
Not a natural list maker? Don’t overthink it! Try to keep a running list on your phone or in a planner of ideas that might crop up as you have conversations with friends and family. You never know when someone will drop a hint about the perfect gift for them. My mom is always surprised by something she mentioned forever ago showing up under the Christmas tree!
2. Create new memories by making your own decorations
Family crafts can be a special memory for everyone and is a great activity for a cold winter weekend in the run up to the holidays. I like to decorate with natural objects or items found around the house. You could even scavenge in your yard for pieces to make a festive wreath. Using what you already have helps to cut down on waste and can become a much-anticipated family tradition each year.
3. Choose meaningful and heartfelt gifts
A handmade and thoughtfully written card can go a long way, something that the receiver will cherish for years to come. A few other ideas for something personal and heartfelt could be:
• A donation to a charitable organization that they support
• A picnic basket full of their favorite snacks and treats
• A subscription to a service that they’ve been thinking about, like meal delivery or online learning courses
• A calendar full of photos of their family, friends and pets
Pajamas are also a great holiday gift if you’re looking for something special. Matching sets are the perfect excuse for fun family photos, and it’s much easier to get the sizing right!