Let's face it. Once the Turkey hangover (aka tryptophan coma) wears off the holiday spirit sets in. I'm one of the lucky few that celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas and I gotta tell you... Nothing makes me happier than making latkes while listening to The Waitresses "Christmas Wrapping".
While this is true, I do have a confession. The holidays used to STRESS ME OUT! I would start to see Christmas decorations and I would go into panic mode about everything.
"How many presents do I need to get?"
"Will my family all get along this year?!"
"I have so many parties to go to... What did I wear to the Christmas party last year?"
"But really... How many presents do I need?!"
It was an endless cycle of stress and I was over it! The start of the holiday season can either drive you cray cray or it can elate you. So two years ago I decided to throw on my favorite holiday tunes and make a list. I wanted to REALLY see how much I had to do. It was much more doable than I thought and it felt good that I was making things happen that were in my control. Notice what I said there?
So much holiday stress comes from things we don't actually have a say in. I really, really love holiday baking, Christmas songs, planning fun New Years outfits and gift giving. That's when I decided I was just gonna focus on that!
So, back to my list. Every year when I make my list it has different sections. A section for holiday party planning, shopping list for groceries (which usually happens closer to the day), and most importantly a gift list.
My gift giving list that has 3 things. 1) Name of the person on the receiving end 2) Gift Idea 3) Price point.
The price point is clutch. Otherwise I always end up spending more because I am just thinking about that one gift at the time. With so many gifts to give, being aware, planning in advance and budgeting makes it so you can get a gift in your price point that you feel confident they will love.
Oh, and guess what?! I love finding the perfect present so much that I just did the dirty work for you! I searched the internet world just for your gift giving needs. Starting next week I will be sharing some of my favorite creative gifts for everyone on your list. From your fashionista mom to your cute baby nephew. I got you girl!
There is even more (said in my best infomercial impression)! Before we get in to the more traditional gifts (starting on Monday), I wanted to share with you a super brilliant alternative route for this year.
Ever think about wanting to make handmade gifts but you don't really know how to make anything, don't have great ideas or think it'll be too overwhelming? Becca from The Dabblist came up with A Handmade Holiday just for this purpose. Guys. It's so good. It has tons and tons of video tutorials on how to make different items. It also has labels you can print AND tons of bonuses (one is even from none other than yours truly)! I would check it out stat if I were you! Click here.
Here's a little trailer for you to see what I mean.
If you are a more of a shopping gal, have no fear! Check back every day for more and more and MORE goodies!
After all.... It's the holiday season, and I'm all about the giving!