Friday, October 14, 2011

10 Holiday Planning Tips to Help the Holiday Season Go by Smoothly

It's already the middle of October!  Josh's birthday is in less than two weeks and mine comes soon after that, then comes Christmas and New Years.  Every year, the holiday season seems to sneak up on me so this year I'm going to try and prepare a little early.  Here are 10 great Holiday planning tips to help you prepare for the hectic season ahead.

  1. Start your Holiday Crafts early!  Crafts can be very time consuming and by finishing them early you avoid last minute stress that the holidays tend to create.
  2. Start addressing those cards!  Fill out and sign the cards, address the envelopes but leave them open to include pictures and extra notes.  Leave a few extra blank envelopes just in case and don't put the stamps on until you're ready to send them out.
  3. Make a budget for holiday shopping and stick to it.  Look for sales & clearance items and keep an eye out in the newspaper and on television for special sales.  If you shop early you'll have a better selection to choose from.
  4. Start making that list and scratch a few things off.  The more time you have to go shopping, the more thought you can put into each gift!  Christmas sweaters and ties make great gifts but they're not for everyone.  
  5. If you have members of your family that are hard to shop for, ask them to make a wishlist on a mass merchandise website like Ebay or Amazon.  It simplifies your holiday shopping, cuts time and you don't have to deal with holiday crowds.  
  6. Set a day or weekend aside for the whole family to help decorate the house.  Give everyone a job, inside and outside, to make your home into a welcoming, holiday, haven.
  7. Do your holiday baking early in the month so you have more time to finish other holiday duties.  Some treats like pies, candies and casseroles can be frozen and warmed up later.
  8. Mail out your holiday treats and gifts early, in late November/early December, to ensure your gifts get there ahead of the holiday mail rush.  The post office can get very hectic in mid-December so it's best to get everything done earlier rather than later.
  9. If you're having a party start stocking up on snacks and soda.  Send out RSVP invites and buy a few decorations each time you head to the store.
  10. Take some time for yourself!  The holidays can be very stressful so to prevent a huge migraine take a nap, get a manicure or a massage, just relax!

When it comes to picking out the best holiday greeting cards, Storkie has a great selection of stylish holiday cards for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, and Thanksgiving.  So if you're ready to go card shopping check out Storkie!

I wrote this post while participating in the Storkie holiday blogging program.  I will receive compensation for my post though all opinions stated in this post are mine and unbiased. For more information please visit my disclosure policy located in the PR section of this site.

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