Yes, you read that right. I’m talking about Christmas shopping already. Please don’t have me. I wrote a post last year about how I owned my Christmas Shopping, and was done around this time. While I’m not completely done this year yet, I’m confident that I will have my list completed by mid September.
Part of the reason why I am as efficient as I am is because I like to plan in advance. I make a list at the beginning of year, and try to budget accordingly. Here are some gift ideas if you’re eager to get started but don’t have any ideas on what to get:
Experiences: This could be anything from a pottery class to a week long vacation. The key here is finding something that your intended gift receiver would love or as expressed an interest in, and build an experience around it. We get a ton of stuff for the holidays, and more often than not, forget the we even have them, but experiences stay with us for a life time. I remember getting a photography class for a birthday and I was over the moon.
Things with a Direct Impact: What I mean by this isn’t that you go and get a household appliance, but more so something that has a place in their live and makes it easier. Ie, they have a broken computer or their hard drive is always over following etc. Getting something that is personal, and just for them; the key being that it makes their life easier.
Wine: You don’t have to spend $100 on a bottle of wine. Especially if they are a social drinker. There are tons of wines that won’t break the bank. The good thing about wine is that it won’t spoil and they can share it if they want to. Word to the wise: ask if you need help picking out a few good ones, and try to stay away for the $10 ones.
Don’t be scared if you haven’t started shopping yet as you have tons of time. But it’s time to start paying attention and making a list. Oh, and don’t forget to budget!
Have you started shopping yet?