Welcome to Week Three: Create Your Holiday Gift List in my holiday planning series – 9 Weeks to a More Organized and Peaceful Christmas: How to Prepare for Christmas. This is one of my favorite weeks — the week we get to start planning our holiday gift list (AKA “time to start shopping!”). There are some other items you’ll want to tackle this week, too, but gift planning is the fun part!
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If you haven’t already set up your Holiday Binder, go back and check out the post from Week One to get it set up before moving on to today’s post. You can find it here –> Week 1: Create Your Holiday Planning Binder
This week, you’ll have four assignments. Two for fall planning and two for Christmas planning.
Fall Planning: Fall Flair and Thanksgiving Preparation
Assignment #1: Plan Your November Calendar
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so this week’s first assignment is to pull out your November checklist and start calendaring. The November checklist can be found in your 2016 Holiday Planning Pack. Here’s what it looks like:
You can use this calendar to fill in your November calendar. I’ve included a sample and a blank calendar in the planning pack. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, your big priorities this week are:
- order the Turkey (if using a fresh turkey)
- create a guest list and send out invitations or call guests to invite them to attend
- start thinking about the menu
Assignment #2: Decorate for Fall
This is also the week you can take down those Halloween decorations and replace them with your favorite fall flair. You can read my earlier post called 20 Fun Fall Ideas to Get Your Family in the Spirit of the Fall Season for fall ideas and inspiration.
Now let’s move on to Christmas planning!
Christmas Planning To-Dos: Christmas Photos and Holiday Gift List Printable
Assignment #3: Christmas Card Photo
Assignment #3 is to take your Christmas card photo.
If you plan on using a professional photographer, you’ll want to book a photographer right away. Photographers book up early this time of year, so schedule a block of time early this week for this important task.
If you plan on taking a photo yourself, pick a date and put it on the calendar.
Now for the fun part.
Assignment #4: Holiday Gift List Planning
The last assignment of this week is to start your Christmas gift planning. You’ll first need to print out your Holiday Gift List printable. It looks like this:
Print out as many sheets as you need. The list is self-explanatory. All you do is list the person’s name, and start filling in gift ideas. If you have your budget created (the topic of last week), then you can also start shopping.
For me, I start with online shopping and then move on to in-store shopping for anything I couldn’t find online. If you’re a Black Friday lover, you won’t want to miss the Official Black Friday website for ad details.
As a bonus to this week’s post, I’ve included a Holiday Gift Guide to give you some inspiration. Enjoy!
2016 Holiday Gift Guide
Gift Ideas for Him:
If you’re looking for something a little more fun and sexy, how about a massage class for couples. Melt offers videos and tutorials on how to give the perfect couple massage.
Gift Ideas for Children:
High School Age
For your high school aged kids, this 3Doodler Create set looks like so much fun!
How about a Lego Star Wars kit?
Middle School Age
For your video game loving middle school children, STEM-winning Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Game might be the perfect present.
And, of course, you can’t go wrong with a Lego set for your middle school boy (or girl).
For your jewelry maker, try this Loopdedoo Spinning Loom Kit Friendship Bracelet Maker.
Elementary School Age and Younger
For elementary school-aged kids, why not gift a subscription box to your favorite little person? Children love getting something in the mail. Here a couple of my favorites:
My kids love Green Kid Crafts boxes, with fun, educational STEAM- and STEM-themed activity kits designed for kids ages 3-10.
Another subscription box that my little travelers love is Little Passports.Each month a package is sent with learning activities for one new country.
Gift Ideas for Grandparents:
I LOVE this Easy Change Artwork Frame as a gift idea for grandparents. You could include several pieces of your children’s artwork along with the frame.
Another fun idea for grandparents is this Family Tree Picture Frame. Grandparents love having photos of their grandchildren.
Gift Ideas for Book Lovers:
If you have a book lover on your list, a book of the month club subscription would be the perfect gift. My favorite is Book of the Month.
Now that you have some gift-giving inspiration, it’s time to complete your Holiday Gift List and start shopping!
Next week, we’ll focus on planning our homes for the big day with freezer meals and decluttering!
With Love and Joy,