Ways to Get Ready for the Holidays Early

Posted on: 24 August 2017

Doesn't it seem like just yesterday that school was out for the summer? Now summer is almost gone and the holidays will soon be here. If you are wanting to plan for those holidays now, from selecting greeting cards to shopping for gifts, here are some ideas that might help you.

Start With a List—As you prepare your list, think of friends and family members who should be included.

Divide the list into sections that represent what needs to be purchased. For example, some of the people on your list might receive just a card with a personal greeting in it. Boxed cards are a good idea if you have to send a lot of people on your list.

Think of the cards that need to have a gift card or a check as part of the gift. For example, if you like to send a bit of money for Christmas to your grandchildren, put those cards in a separate stack. After you have established your card list, go on with the list of people who will receive presents. Divide that list into categories of men,women, and children. If you're looking for greeting cards on sale, shop through resources like Michael Pickarts.

Carry Out Your Plan—Starting now, buy cards and gifts when you see exactly the right ones for those on your list.

Look for deals on cards. For example, some companies offer a free card when you purchase two or three cards to begin with. You will probably save quite a bit of money by doing this. Then, shop for unique items that you know the people on your list wouldn't purchase themselves. For example, if an aunt loves quality hand soaps, look for special luxury soaps that are especially boxed for the holidays.

Don't just shop early. Wrap the gifts as you buy them and put them in a safe place. It's also a great idea to go ahead and address the holiday cards, too. If you like to put special holiday stamps on them, wait until they're for sale at your post office and then mail them later.

When you gift wrap your presents early, whether it's a Halloween surprise, a Thanksgiving gift or Christmas presents, be sure to put the names of the recipients on the gifts so that later on you won't forget which present goes to which person. Also, make a list of things that you are sending so that next year you can send something different.