Perhaps you still need to clean up the cobwebs and caution tape from your front door before you can even begin thinking about the upcoming holiday shopping season. I feel you. It's not even Thanksgiving yet for goodness sake!
BUT--and hear me out on this--you will thank yourself later if you get some of your gift-giving planning done now rather than at the last minute. (And this advice is coming from Ms. Unorganized herself, so you know I mean it.)
One of the easiest things you can do to prep yourself before you start thinking about shopping is creating a list of people to shop for.
Easy enough, right?
To make this process even easier of you, here is a free printable holiday list-maker for you to download and use for your planning process:
I personally find that keeping track of what I've gotten for each person on my list throughout the shopping process makes it a million times easier to avoid buying way too much for one person (my husband, for example, is notoriously easy to shop for - anything Star Wars or Lego related makes him happy!) Or on the other side of things, it will remind you to persistently look for something for that one person who you usually have to scramble and find something for at the last second before the holiday party where you have to face him or her, preferably not empty-handed.
It always helps to have a little something to make the sound of Christmas music in the department stores a little less stressful, and a little more like something you have a firm handle on.
If you've found this list to be helpful, please share it with your peeps and help them get a leg-up too. These are supposed to be joyous times after all, not the season for stressing and panic (allegedly). Anything that keeps us from divulging in too much eggnog and peppermint schnapps is, I think, a good thing.