Christmas Countdown: Gifts and Giving Week

Christmas Countdown: Gifts and Giving Week

November 8, 2020

Week 3: November 8-14

Gifts and Giving Week at the Organized Home Christmas Countdown

Welcome to Gifts and Giving Week! It's the time we focus on gift lists, gift buying and gift wrapping.

A recent poll at our site showed that gift-buying wins out as the "biggest holiday organization challenge". During Gifts and Giving Week, we'll give you the tools to get on top of the gift list. Hint: more lists!

For many families, gift-giving is a prime source of holiday financial stress. We'll divide and conquer, spreading gift-buying over a four-week period, and tracking our purchases. Goal: a bountiful, yet sensible holiday free of the bust-your-budget credit card trap.

Ready? Let's get organized for great holiday gifts and giving!

To Do This Week

  • Divide entries on the master gift list into five groups. Continue shopping for Christmas gifts, and try to buy one-fifth of the gifts this week.
  • Start a stocking stuffers list. Tip: slip shopping bags over a coat hanger to store stuffers by recipient.
  • Divide the Christmas card list into five groups. Write and address the second group this week.
  • Review and renegotiate adult gift giving. Can you simplify your family's "unwritten rules? Draw names and set a price limit for a gift exchange. Could your family dispense with adult gifts in favor of gifts to charity or family service project?
  • When making gift lists for loved ones, make life easier the rest of the year by adding a birthday/anniversary calendar to your Christmas planner.
  • This year, shipping experts warn that holiday deliveries may be substantially delayed. To ensure delivery, finish all catalog and online shopping this week.
  • Use a three-hole punch to add a large manila envelope to the Christmas planner notebook. Place all receipts in the envelope to track purchases, provide for returns.
  • Mailing deadlines ahead! Set up a wrap and mail center to ease holiday mailing chores. You'll speed gift wrapping and parcel mailing with supplies all in one place.
  • List all gifts to make, and inventory them on a gifts to make list. Be stern! Make your list and cut it in half--there's less time than you think. List needed materials and add them to the master shopping list.
  • Begin working on "to make" gifts this week. You must make one-fourth of your gifts each week. 
  • Plan Thanksgiving Dinner using the holiday menu planner. 
  • Order the turkey.
  • Schedule family service projects, or sign up for church charity efforts.
  • Complete holiday scheduling. Reserve baby-sitters for December's nights out.
  • Keep tight tabs on the holiday budget. Add gift purchases and other expenditures as you make them.

To Buy This Week

  • Continue Christmas gift shopping. Divide the master gift list into five sections. Purchase gifts for one-fifth of the list entries. Wrap gifts as they are purchased. Keep a running total of gift expenditures.
  • Buy materials and supplies for all "to make" gifts.
  • Gift wrap, wrap and mailing supplies