Do you remember making Christmas lists as a kid?
I do. I remember sitting there with the Toys ‘R Us catalog circling the things I wanted. As I got older, I remember creating page long Christmas lists while sitting around listening to music. If you were to go back, there would be a Christmas list from almost every year of my youth. I never really thought that I would get everything on the list, but the idea of putting down ALL the things I wanted seemed so fun and exciting.
Unfortunately, as you get older, creating Christmas lists becomes more of a chore. By no means am I saying that giving gifts isn’t a wonderful thing that can fill your bucket. As you become an adult, so much more goes into creating those lists. Who should you buy for? What should you get them? How much can you spend? Are there any other options other than buying a gift? The nitty gritty of making those shopping lists takes over, and the fun flies out the window.
So what can you do to bring the fun back to your Christmas lists? Here are a few tips I’ve collected along the way.
- Make them early. Sometimes, it’s best to start your Christmas lists in January. That way, you’re thinking about them all year long, not just in the month or so leading up to Christmas.
- Take a look at who’s on the list. Is there anyone you can talk to and agree to do something more cost effective? Many times you can talk to a friend, and agree on a special night out after the holidays, or to exchange handmade gifts. In my family, I’ve decided that with my brother and sister, we aren’t going to exchange gifts with each other, but we will give gifts to each other’s kids. Chances are that many people on your list will welcome the idea of a more cost effective option.
- Group the people on your list. Not by who they are though. Group them by where you need to buy their gift. Need to get something from Teavana for your mom and a few people at work? Put them together. Need to get a few people DVDs from Target, group them together too.
- Know when enough’s enough. I am always guilty of not following this tip. I am notorious for getting a gift for someone early, and then instead of moving on to someone else, getting more for that first person. I especially do this with my kids. We finish our shopping early, and then keep buying stuff right up to the deadline.
With these tips, making your Christmas lists can be fun again. It’s always important to remember, Christmas is about giving, not about who got the best gift or who spent the most money. That alone, will set you free from your lists!
How are you going about making your Christmas lists? Do you have any tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!