Gifts is the stressful part of Christmas because you might or might not have a budget and you may not know what to purchase. The teenage years are the hardest I feel to purchase for. Gift cards are an option but for me are not as fun to give. I like to actually think of something thoughtful, something that the person will actually use and enjoy!
To make things easier, I make a list of everyone I have to purchase gifts for. This list is done in October. I also find it is easier to do themes. One year everyone may get blankets, PJs, board games, etc. This year I got the toddlers a towel and a pillow. The younger kids are all getting blankets and the teenagers are getting a shower radio! I shop for the relatives, parents and teachers. Other gift ideas this year are photo gifts. They are great for grandparents and relatives. I am doing photo notebooks and photo magnets for the fridge. Personalized gifts are great as well . Once those gifts are purchased I move on to my family. I purchase my husbands gifts and then together my husband and I will weed out the gifts we should get our boys. What do they want from Santa, what they need, like clothes, snow pants, etc. and something to read.
A new thing I have been doing for a couple of months is save some money in a different account just for Christmas. I think its great as you can make all your purchases all at once if you wanted to! I am an online shopper for sure. I get a theme and start adding things to my cart. I usually order from Amazon, Target and Walmart.
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