3 Prompts To Overcome Your Christmas Gift Panic

3 prompts to overcome your christmas gift panic

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:

3 prompts to overcome your christmas gift panic -


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.


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! ]


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!

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  • Reply blessing boamah

    I’m going to mix handmade with store bought purchases :). I include on my list a set budget for each person, to make sure I’m not overspending. Mason jars are a timeless addition to any gift which I plan to do this year 🙂

    02/12/2016 at 3:40
  • Reply Debbie

    This is very sweet, thank you Lisa! I love your ideas for making Christmas elegant and simple and fun. <3

    Last year, I wasn't with my usual community of friends, so I'm looking forward to getting some things for folks this year! I go to a spiritual retreat, so I will probably get some things there.

    Sending many blessings your way….

    02/12/2016 at 5:50
  • Reply Emily

    This is such good timing, for me December the 1st is the start of the Christmas shopping panic! My friends and I sometimes do Secret Santa to minimise the stress of buying lots of gifts for lots of people. Sometimes to make it even easier, we do it to a theme as well (funniest gift, max spend of £5, weirdest gift etc), definitely takes some of the panic out of the buying, and gives us an excuse to all meet up before Christmas 🙂

    02/12/2016 at 18:48
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Oh I’m also doing secret santa with my housemates! You’re right, so much less stress! Especially when you don’t know that well the person buying a “funny thing” is easier than a serious present I think! 😀

      03/12/2016 at 10:43
  • Reply Giulia

    Helpful tips! I personally rather like making gifts, but hey when money’s there why not? Ahah 🙂
    Great post, Lisa! x

    03/12/2016 at 18:59
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  • Reply Nicky

    Everyone needs to read this post! People get so caught up in the panic and stress when actually it’s all about the little things. Like spending time together and sharing thoughtful gifts. Great post!

    05/12/2016 at 7:35
  • Reply Anna - from BacioSulNaso

    Illuminante, farò tesoro di questa lista <3

    05/12/2016 at 12:04
  • Reply Corinne Rodrigues

    Brilliant suggestions. Love the happiness jar idea.

    13/12/2017 at 17:00
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    I ALWAYS make my gifts! The best way to show love, care, and thought!

    15/12/2017 at 22:59
  • Reply Julia

    Happy Thoughts Jar, yeah! Super sweet and simple. I fill jars with Chex mix, mostly 🙂 My friends look forward to it every year. As I get older homemade gifts of all kinds definitely are more fun to give – thanks for some great ideas.

    16/12/2017 at 13:13
  • Reply Yulia

    I am going thru some questioning about my gifts right now! lots of what ifs. I like your Go simple tip:)

    18/12/2017 at 15:01
  • Reply Lisa Offrs

    Merry Christmas!
    Your gifts looks amazing!

    29/12/2017 at 17:34
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