How To Be Organised For Christmas - Gift Planning (with free printable)
I know it's the very beginning of November but Christmas will be here before I know it, so I'm trying to get organised. This year Christmas is going to be super busy for us because we have 25 people coming for Christmas dinner!! (I'm trying not to worry about cooking for that many!) I'm really looking forward to having all my nieces and nephews together with my children for Christmas Day - I love seeing all the cousins spending time together, it's so lovely to see the older children playing with the little ones and I can't wait to see the toddlers all excited to open their gifts.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year but it can be very stressful for many people, especially those who are going through financial hardship. I'm not the sort of person to go out on Christmas Eve to do all my shopping, instead I try and spread the cost of Christmas as much as I can and starting my Christmas shopping early is one way I do that. November is a great month to start shopping for gifts as there are often many offers available and of course the Black Friday deals at the end of the month.
Set A Budget
It's very easy to go overboard and spend too much money at Christmas, so I set a budget for each person and try to stick as closely to it as I can. Over the years I have learnt that it's not about how much money you spend on somebody, it really is the thought that counts. Finding a gift that means a lot to the recipient is so much more special than spending lots of money on something you can't afford. I do tend to spoil the children at Christmas though because they don't get a lot of treats throughout the year, however I still have a budget for them too as I don't want to spend the following year in debt.
Keep A List
As well as setting a budget, I like to keep a list of what I've bought for people so that I don't duplicate gifts and, more importantly, that I don't forget someone!! I have a free printable that you can print out and fill in for the people you're buying gifts for, simply click on the image below and print as many copies as you need.
I love Christmas, it is a time for family and friends, for games and laughter, for twinkly lights and jingle bells, but I know how easily it can turn from happiness and excitement to stress and overspending. Whether you're having a frugal or frivolous Christmas, I hope that my planner will help you to feel a little bit less stressed in the lead up to Christmas.