While I LOVE wrapping paper, ribbon, tissue, and tape, I plan to buy only one roll of wrapping paper this year (red, from Hobby Lobby, as soon as they put it on sale), and to use all of the paper I have from previous years. I also do not plan on buying any ribbon. I have enough. And if I run out of a particular color, I will just use a different color.
I also love buying and wrapping gifts for my husband, children, family, and friends, but this year I am putting a limit on myself. Three gifts per person. I tend to get "just one more tiny thing" for my children and nieces and nephews each year…..as I visit cute gift shops or our Celebration Village (a one-stop shopping extravaganza here in Tupelo, held for a few days at the end of October). Limiting my purchases will also simplify my wrapping.
I got out my Christmas binder the other day. I had already put in a divider for 2014, so the next thing I have to do is to print out a master gift list template. (With 3 spaces beside each name!) This is just a list of every single person that I will be giving a present to during the month of December. It includes family, friends, teachers, hairdressers, etc. As I purchase or make each gift, I record it on the list. I also include a column to check off when the gift is wrapped. I keep my list each year, filing it behind the appropriate year. I also keep a separate list of gift ideas (crafts, baked goods, cute things I see online or in a store).
One last thing that I am changing for this holiday season is to not have my sibling store. It has been a good thing…..but this year I am asking my children to give handmade gifts to one another. I will help Leah and Sam plan their gifts, and assist them as needed.
I have fabric that I purchased last year for special gifts for my family…..and I never got around to even starting the project. I plan to do it this year!
My birthday (September 16) marks 100 days to Christmas Day. I am not sure what day it is today in the countdown, but it's not too early to at least think about your holiday plans.