For some, watching everyone else freak out on Christmas Eve is an integral part of their own Christmas cheer. These are the fortunate few who know how to side-step the Christmas chaos. You can enjoy the same luxury.
Here are five steps that you can take to avoid the Christmas chaos:
Get ideas for gifts online.
Don’t wait until the last minute to start shopping. Start now. Use the websites of your favorite outlets to generate gift ideas and snatch up what you can online. The more you buy now, the less time you’ll need to spend in the store later.
Use a spreadsheet.
Organize your gift ideas into a single document. With all your gift ideas in one place you can begin to narrow down your choices. Organize gift ideas by recipient and mark them off as you go. This ensures that your six year old niece will not find a set of power tools under the tree when she wakes up.
Keep adding to your list.
If a product catches your eye bookmark the webpage and record the product in your spreadsheet, even if it doesn’t quite seem to fit. This moderately engaging product could turn out to be the perfect gift for someone else on your list.
Compare parcel services.
Not all parcel services are created equal but some have better deals on shipping as the holidays approach. Determine your needs, choose a service and start shipping early. No one likes a late Christmas gift.
Allocate a single day to last minute shopping.
Map out your products so you don’t drive around needlessly and try to get all of your last minute shopping done in one day. This way you can get all the wrapping done at once and watch everyone else spin their wheels on Christmas Eve.