With the holidays only a few weeks away the little things you do now can make a big difference come Christmas. Doing things like pre-baking cookies, writing up your Christmas list, and checking things off early will without a doubt make the holidays much more enjoyable. So, before we get too far into the season here is a list of five things you can do to prepare for the crazy, but oh so awesome happiest time of the year!
- Make Your Christmas List
This is probably the most important tip especially if you have kids or a large family. Making a Christmas list might look different for a parent than it does for a child, but sitting down as a family and writing out whatever that looks like for you is the ultimate Christmas day prep. This will be helpful in keeping things organized, limiting the amount of shopping trips you have to take, and ultimately checking things off stress free.
- Create Christmas Cards
This year, let your early bird activities include creating happy holiday cards and family photo Christmas cards. This may seem like one of those things some people complain about when they see other’s doing too early, but let the grinches eat their words! It’s never too early to start getting your holiday greeting cards ready. Gather the family for photos before it gets too cold so your photos will be ready to go! And it gets even better because this year you can head over to Basic Invite, an online stationery company, to create the ultimate holiday cards online.
Having the option to shop online for Christmas cards is already an added bonus because you will beat the traffic and the crowds. But with Basic Invite you not only get to shop online when and where it’s most convenient for you, but you also get to have a say in the design process as well. Say goodbye to those generic box store card designs and hello to gorgeous foil cards, fun and colorful designs, and all the festive accessories you need. Add custom holiday cards to your list and let the festivities begin!
- Stock Up on Wrapping Paper
We’ve all been there… running around store to store trying to find wrapping paper and bows on Christmas eve only to find the bottom of the barrel left to choose from. That’s the worst! Everyone knows that come November 1st every store is packed to the brim with holiday decorations and all things Christmas. So, get out there early to find the best of the best! If you stock up on wrapping paper early you will be able to wrap your gifts early and you will have first dips on the cutest styles and designs.
- Plan for Black Friday
Daunting, right? Black Friday for some of us is synonymous with dooms day, but it you prepare for Black Friday and go in with a solid plan it might not be so bad. Scout out the stores with the best deals, hit up your favorite department store rather than going from place to place, and bring a list of the most important gifts and prioritize those over going in blind.
If you still can’t bring yourself to face Black Friday never forget about Cyber Monday – especially for those electronics and high ticket items. There are apps you can download that will tell you the best deals and what is really worth the time and money.
- Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Ride
Tis’ the season for hot cocoa, ice skating, and nights by the fireplace. Live it up and enjoy these special moments with your loved ones. They only come around once a year and although they may seem a bit overwhelming at times the holiday season will fly by.
Never forget to enjoy the ride! And for now head over to Basic Invite and create your 2017 Christmas cards. Basic Invite has hundreds of designs for every holiday and they offer invites for all your holiday parties, too. Currently they are giving 30% off on all of their holiday cards with code HOLI30. Check out their gold, silver, and rose gold foil designs and pair this year’s look with a festive peel and seal envelope with free address printing!
Happy holidays and merry everything!