Here are a few ideas to ponder while you get over the fact that I am discussing this in October.
- Lists DO work! In a notebook or folder in your computer, list friends & family members you routinely buy gifts for. Then add 1 or 2 possible gift ideas. As you purchase a gift…cross it off your list. Keep this information accessible to add ideas for next year, and to recall what you gave them. Could be embarrassing to repeat the same gift…which I did before keeping track.
- If you give craft items, baked goods etc. to neighbors, friends, teachers, etc., you can list this years’ offering as well on your reminder list.
- After the holidays, scout around at discount stores as they often sell leftover items at very low prices. You can find some good bargains on greeting cards, giftwrap and decorations. Add these items to your list for the next holiday season…and note where they are stored. It’s not a bargain if you cannot locate it next year. Trust me I have learned!
- Look at your calendar now and begin planning entertaining you might want to involve yourself in, and plan a menu, guest list, invitations, etc. Look for food & beverage items on sale now. For example…. turkey at a reduced price that can be frozen and used later or ingredients that store well for your holiday baking spree will also save money.
Well, that should get you started thinking about the holidays. You might even enjoy the hustle & bustle of the season after a little planning.
Ann Gambrell August 2015