Planning ahead for Christmas

So.....Tara is bursting out of her curly elf shoes with excitement because Christmas is coming! (She's already singing...make it stop!)



But if it's coming, we'd best be ready for it rather than just complain, hey?



This episode is all about ways you can reduce your stress and workload close to Christmas by planning ahead of time. Grab your notebook - you'll want to start your planning straight away!

Show Notes:

Why plan early for Christmas?

Cheaper
Easier
Not rushed
Less likely to impulse buy
Less likely to overspend
Spread costs
Plenty of time to have discussions with family/ friends to avoid unwanted gifts or additional expenses



What to plan:

Kids gifts
Ask what they want or decide what they need or experiences that might be cherished
Budget
Tell grandparents/ aunts/ uncles in advance so they have time to locate & purchase

Family gifts
Agree to all opt out with plenty of notice
Agree to spend money on food/ drinks/ event/ time together as the gift
Opportunity to discuss joint gifts

Other gift considerations
Teacher/ coach gifts - planning in advance gives you the time to hand make something

Travelling - planning allows you to think about what will need to be transported and the room you have for carrying gifts
Photo gifts or personalised gifts - these take time to order and be produced​​
Your activities in December
School concerts
End of year/ work Christmas parties
Catchups with friends and family
Religious, carols or tree-lighting events
DON'T FORGET TO PLAN DOWN TIME/ RELAX TIME!
Food
Making items (Christmas puddings)
Ordering from markets or stores
No last minute panic shop



Tara’s top planning tips:
Write a list of gift recipients -tick as you go
Multi-buy where possible
Use up vouchers/ reward points etc to save $

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Other Be Uncluttered Episodes about Christmas (click links below to listen):
Holiday Season: Clutter-free Gifts​
Simplifying Christmas: How to reduce the stress
Christmas Clean-up

Reference links

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