Who doesn’t need a little extra help around the holidays? With the season our calendars and to-do lists constantly growing, we need all the help we can get when it comes to managing stress and finding time to enjoy the festivities.
To help make this season one to remember – rather than one to rush through – try these five tips for a stress-free holiday:
Start by making a list – the ultimate shopping list, that is. That’s right, Clementines – we’re talking mega organization. You don’t have to go the spreadsheet route (though we recommend it), but consider making list of every person you are gifting. Then jot down what you plan to give, where you pan to buy it and the status of the gift at that moment. Buy everything in person as needed, and order all online gifts in one sitting. Tip: be sure to use a cash back site like Ebates to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.
It's two weeks before the holiday, can you feel that to-do list building? We certainly can. Rather than giving in to anxiety and letting procrastination take over, we dare you to jump on the holiday bandwagon early this year. Write your holiday cards and do your shopping now. As soon as you have your gifts, wrap them and either send them in the mail or set them in a pile until they’re ready to be give. Then forget about gift giving completely – your job here is done.
Embrace technology for gifting
Use shopping assistant apps like RedLaser before you make a gift purchase. This ensures you’re getting the lowest price around. Struggling to come up with a gift idea? Browse sites like Wanelo, Polyvore, and – of course – Pinterest for inspiration.
Be a better guest
Parties, events, dinners, and more – there’s no shortage of social gatherings during the holidays. Rather than rushing to the store at the last minute or spending money on an overpriced and underwhelming grocery store bouquet, send flowers ahead of time by using a delivery service like The Bouqs. If you’d rather bring food, choose one signature item and bring it to all of your holiday celebrations throughout the season.
If you’re traveling, ship your gifts ahead of time to your destination. Order toiletries like toothpaste, shampoo and lotion online and have them delivered to your destination, if possible, so you don’t have to worry about spills or packing toiletries that don’t travel well. Soap.com and CAP Beauty are Clementine favorites.
p.s. How to find the time to do it all.