This week is especially important for me. After packing everything up and moving cross country and having many of our belongings in storage I need to take a careful inventory of what I have on hand to make Christmas gifts with! The Christmas countdown has begun and since I like to give homemade gifts I need to check what I have on hand.
Do you give homemade gifts for the holidays? What sort of gifts do you enjoy making? I enjoy making gifts and baking gifts. Often I will put together a gift basket for friends. Nothing too fancy, maybe a jar of homemade spaghetti sauce with a box of noodles. A basket is easy to put together and often appreciated.
While you are taking inventory for gifts you plan to make or gifts you plan to bake it is also a good idea to make sure you have batteries on hand and gift-wrapping supplies.
Many people no longer send Christmas cards through the mail. Instead they will send a e-card. So many people are connected on a daily basis through Facebook that they no longer feel that sending Christmas cards is necessary. I’m one of those folks that loves to send out a card each year with a family update. Call me old-fashioned but I also enjoy receiving Christmas cards and updates in the mail. I even have a little notebook where I only put Christmas card photos in each year!
If you are one of the few who still send out Christmas cards now is a good time to order them. Often if you send out a photo card and order it before Thanksgiving you can save quite a bit. Check out Shutterfly online, they usually have some great deals!
Once the calendar turns to November the days and weeks seem to be so busy. Take a few minutes this week and check on your supplies for the holidays. You’ll be better prepared and able to enjoy the Christmas season without feeling stressed. The Christmas countdown may have begun but you don’t have to feel overwhelmed.