3 Reasons You Should Make Your Holiday Gift List Now
With thanksgiving just around the corner we’ll be in the middle of the holiday madness before we know it!
We’re not quite sure how this happened so quickly, but one thing is for sure: the next six (6!) weeks are going to fly by.
One of the best ways we’ve found to help keep from getting swept up in the frenzy of the holiday rush is to make a list and check it twice (ok that was Santa’s tip but we’re borrowing it). But if you don’t believe us (or Santa), here are three reasons you should make your gift list now.
1. It’ll help you determine your budget
It seems simple, but this can be the easiest way to determine just how you want to spend on friends and loved-ones. When you write out your list ahead of time, it will help you figure out what you’ll spend per son and in total on gifts this year. This will help you avoid overspending or, worse yet, getting a larger-than-expected credit card bill later on. Knowing exactly how much to budget for gifts will help keep you from over-stretching your spending as Christmas and Hanukkah get closer.
2. Get any information you need before the pressure is on
When was the last time you updated your address book? Do you even have one? If not, how are you going to know where to send your gift? Whether you’re using an online service like Tendr, or sending gifts the old-fashioned way you’ll still need to know how to get them to your friend or family. Sheepishly approaching your cousin for their email address on December 22 kind of ruins the surprise of a gift. By getting this important information early, you can relax as you roll through December and keep the surprise fresh.
3. You’ll keep your holidays merry and bright
The last six weeks of the year always seem to fly by, leaving people feeling frazzled and overwhelmed rather than peaceful. Making a list is one way you can use time to your advantage in a season where there never seems to be enough.
What happens if someone gives you a gift when you weren’t expecting it? Don’t stress or fret about reciprocating, according to etiquette expert Peggy Post. You’re not obliged to give anything in return, simply thank them (preferable in person) for their kindness and generosity.