It’s officially Christmas time on DIY Lifestyle! December first is one day away and then the countdown to Christmas begins! Me being me I started my countdown the day after Christmas last year, but a majority of people start theirs December 1st :). HAHAH who’s with me? For me, Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year. I adore the snow, decorating the tree and you can’t forget, buying presents! For most people present buying is a dreaded task which is why the Holiday’s can seem like a drag. But do not fret because starting Monday I will be posting “DIY Lifestyle Holiday gift guide” along with so many more helpful posts! You won’t even have to pick up a magazine because my blog will have it all!
Yea, yea, yea, I can go on and on about how much I love Christmas and how wonderful snow is but let’s face it, the Holiday’s can and probably are one of the most stressful times of the year. Having to cook Christmas dinner for the relatives, spending money on toys, games and food, having to shovel 6 feet of snow and let’s not forget! Dunh dunh dunnhhh! The MALL! Yes I know I said I enjoy gift buying but having to go to the mall during the Holiday’s is simply frightening. People running around, the long lines, the traffic, and the dozens of boxes and wrapping paper rolls! Ahh the madness!
Although there are quite a few cons to the Holidays I am here to write to you to throw all of them out the window! Today I am sharing one of THE most requested posts by my followers, “How to prepare for the Holiday’s stress free”. That’s right, I am talking NO stress, no running around frantically, no more freaking out about gift buying, no more long traffic lines. By the end of today’s post you will feel like you are sitting on a beach drinking a Margarita in the Bahamas preparing for Christmas 🙂 That’s just how relaxed and less stressed you will feel. The tips I am sharing are all of my own and they are how I approach the Holidays.
- DIY Lifestyle gift guide
- The holiday’s on a budget
ENJOY the post folks 🙂
Establish a budget
This may seem like such a simple and not cared about tip but in fact it is one of the most important tips. Establishing a budget will not only save you money but will take away the stress of worrying about going into debt. Set a limit on the amount of money you will spend on presents and possibly even factor in the food budget. Ex: $800, $750 or if you want to go little high depending on your situation.
Start Christmas shopping now
Don’t wait until 2 weeks before Christmas is here to start your gift buying. 1. It will cause unneeded stress and 2. the stores stock will be getting low
Make a schedule of every little thing that needs to be done
Whether it is a schedule of the food needing to be prepared or a list of all the gifts needing to be bought. Making lists is both effective and helps relieve stress. Making lists also ensure that you will not forget your Cousin Jacks present, or forget to make the Christmas potatoes. 🙂
The greatness of gift cards
Yes, buying people presents are a lot of fun, and their faces when they unwrap them are priceless. But, if you are in a time crunch or can’t figure out what to buy your Aunt Mary then embrace the gift card! The beautiful silver rectangle, that with one swip allows you to buy whatever your heart desires.
Pay for gift wrapping
It is nice to give a home wrapped gift to a loved one but having to wrap 20 gifts or more can and will become a stressful task. Pay someone to wrap them for you. Most stores offer this gift as part of their Holiday sales so bring the gifts to them and have them wrap em up.
Creative caring cards
Don’t have time to buy a gift for someone? Don’t fret, in comes the card to save the day! Making someone a nicely decorated Holiday card is just as nice and thoughtful as a gift, some might even say more special.
If you don’t have the time or money to go all out for Christmas then go to your local dollar store and pick up some decorations for only $1.00! They are cheap and honestly, look just as nice and $100 dollar ones.
This year if you are running a tad shy on time and do not have time to handwrite Christmas cards then go to CVS or Staples and have them do it for you. All you have to do is provide them with the addresses of who you want to send them too and they will print all the labels and designs you want on them.
Share cooking duties
Don’t let the responsibly of cooking 30 dishes fall on your shoulders. Spread out the work load between multiple people and over multiple days. For instance, pies can be cooked a day before and you can do all of your cutting a day before as well. Call up family members and friends who are coming to your Christmas bash and have them make some of the dishes.
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Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I will see you Monday! 🙂