~A Guest Post by Emily at The Muchness Mom~
If you are anything like me you have procrastinated quite a bit of your Christmas shopping. Maybe the idea of all that shopping stressed you out, or maybe the budget just didn’t allow for shopping yet. Whatever the reason, don’t let holiday gift giving ruin your mood this season With only a few weeks to go it’s time to get cracking on those remaining gift purchases, so here are a few ideas to simplify your last minute gift giving this Christmas season.
1. Opt Out
It’s perfectly ok to just not participate in every single gift exchange that you are invited to. If you have a large extended family it can get quite expensive to purchase a gift for each person. Why not suggest a one to one gift exchange name draw or simply let people know that your family will be opting out fo the annual gift exchange.
2. Group Gifts
If you don’t want to opt out of an exchange entirely then go for a group gift. Give something the entire family can enjoy together such as a board game, new DVD with some popcorn, or a gift card to their favorite restaurant. You can even do this for the office. Get a big box of snacks or a fruit basket for everyone to dig in to.
3. Shop Online
You still have time to get gifts shipped to you or even directly to the recipient. I do the majority of my shopping on Amazon. Most stores will also do free ship to store. Then you can just walk in and pick up your item instead of having to walk through the store and search for what you want on the shelves.
4. Experiences Instead of Stuff
From movie tickets to museum memberships, theme parks, to travel the best memories come from spending time together. Why not skip the stores entirely and give a gift that keeps on giving. Extra bonus there’s a LOT less clutter on Christmas morning!
5. Skip the wrapping
OK this may seem like a bit of a “huh what?” tip, but seriously, wrapping takes so much time! Use gift bags or find a way to creatively display gifts. One year we gave the children a bunch of Lego pieces and I took all the little people figurines and hung them on the tree. I remember once as a child getting up and there was nothing under the tree except for the pretty decorative boxes that my mom stored the ornaments and holiday decor in. Imagine our surprise when she started handing those out and all our gifts were inside!
I hope this list helps to relieve a bit of the holiday stress for you in the coming weeks so that you can simply sit back and enjoy the time with your family. After all, that time together is far more important than the perfect gift anyway isn’t it?
I’d love to hear your suggestions for simplifying gift giving. Drop them down in the comments below!
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