That time of the year arrived! Christmas decorations are officially everywhere, on streets, in shops and in your houses as well I suppose…ahh such a lovely and happy feeling! Right?
But, let’s be honest, together with all this joy and happiness sooner or later that feeling will arrive, that “OMG I HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE PRESENTS!!” feeling hits everyone! Well, no panic, don’t worry, you’re still on time! I know we all have that one friend who starts thinking about Christmas presents in August (actually yes, I’m one of those people…) but you’ll be ready as well!
So, to help you with this issue I made a short list of suggestions & ideas which I hope will be useful to overcome your Christmas gift panic:
1 | MAKE A LIST
Writing down all the names of people who you want to make a gift to will help you to have a clear idea of how many people you’ll have to think about. Also, dividing them in “categories” can be useful, there might be a group of people (eg. your colleagues) who you want to make the same present so you can just make a separate list and write on top the gift you want to make them and the number of people.
2 | SHOULD I BUY SOMETHING OR SHOULD I MAKE IT MYSELF?
Well, this depends on which kind of person you are: are you more a buyer or a maker? I already discussed the topic in the post “How to Improve Your Art of Making Gifts“, in the post I also gave some tips about the type of present you could do, so if you’re still struggling with the kind of gift you could find useful to have a look at it.
Also, you might as well handmade the present for some people and buy it for others. Indeed, you can totally think about a time-saving strategy that would fit your gift idea and the budget you have. [And if you think that hand-making your presents would be expensive read this post, you’ll change your mind! ]
3 | GO SIMPLE
It’s Christmas, not a birthday or a special occasion for a specific person, the reason why we do presents for Christmas is different than other occasions. When I think about Christmas presents I think about “I want to make something to wish them the best for now and the rest of the year and let them know I care about them” okay, it might sound like an ambitious aim but it’s actually not. Indeed, this desire can be achieved even just by giving them a cute card or a simple but meaningful object, so that the message you want to be perceived by your friends, will be understood immediately!
For example, The Happy Thoughts Jar I made for some of my friends last year was a very simple thing and not difficult at all to make! Yet, all of them liked it very much. The same can be said for the letter present I made, which you can see how it worked here.
Or if you like cooking, for example, you could even bake something and package it in a nice way maybe attaching a card to it… as you can see, opting for simple things could be the key!
I hope these prompts helped you to keep calm and see that making Christmas presents can actually turn out to be a fun thing to do, especially when thinking about the possible reaction of the people who you’re making the present to!
What about you? Do you have any other tricks you use when making/thinking about Christmas presents? I’d love to hear about them so do not hesitate to comment on the section below!