Create a Gift List:
I don’t know about you, I have about 30 people to shop for. So writing the list of the people we need to buy for, and attaching a budget and idea for each, works best for us. With enough prep time, I can organize other family members to buy “group gifts” and cash in on free shipping specials and deals. I also keep this list in my phone, so if I’m at a store and has special offers and fits a description, I’ll pick it up.
Budget for tips and bonuses:
Who are the people who make your life work? Your office assistant. The day care teachers. The house cleaner. Your kids’ nanny and babysitters. This is who you will want to be extra generous with at the holidays. The easiest, most welcome gift? Money and gift cards ( for their favorite stores, movies, restaurants , healing sessions ) . With my experience in the past and what I learned from other parents, I can tell you that teachers usually get gift cards, nannies get 1 to 2 weeks’ pay while housekeepers and sitters get an average day or night’s wage. Also include what you normally spend on gift cards to your mail carrier, dry cleaner delivery service, etc. And yes, this might mean scaling down on the holiday décor expenses or the big tech presents, but don’t discount the good feeling you’ll get when you know you’re taking care of all the people who take care of you
Plan your menu:
Whether hosting Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas – or all, create your ideal menu now. What will you make? What can you ask others to bring? What can you buy (and pass off as your own!)? Write out your grocery list and start buying ingredients as you see them start to hit the shelves. The trick is to store them in the pantry or basement so you don’t use them before it’s crunch-time.
Don’t sweat the small stuff:
Don’t let freaking out over the minutia derail you from focusing on the big picture – and the real reason for the season. Whether you forget to buy a gift for your cousin’s new girlfriend or neglect to put out the cranberry sauce for Christmas dinner, it’s nothing to stress out about. The holiday season should be about enjoying the company of your family and friends, not worrying about every last detail.
Take some “me” time:
Take some “me” time throughout the holiday season so you don’t end up so stressed out that you start chucking gifts across the room and tearing down decorations on Christmas Eve. Schedule a pedicure or a massage at the salon a few days before Christmas – be sure to book in advance as these services are in-demand during the holidays.
If you can’t get away for a splurge, treat yourself every night before bed with a soothing bubble bath or some relaxing yoga poses.
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