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My mind felt like it was about to explode as I attempted to fit in all the little things to remember. I like being organised, but when I don’t take the time to invest in strategies, I end up reactive, trying to keep one step ahead of myself, instead of being proactive. So I stopped: I went to a play centre with the kids and let them run rampant; I sat with a cup of tea, my computer and iphone; I planned and organised. Ah, the calm that came over me! Not because I had less to do, but because I felt like I could achieve it!
This is the last post in my #BIGW_HintSquad series together with Christie from Childhood101, Naomi from Seven Cherubs and Trae from Where’s My Glow?. I’ve enjoyed putting these posts together and I hope it’s been useful to you too. For this last one, I’m sharing some of the strategies I put in place on the home stretch to the wonderfulness that is Christmas Day.
Excerpt from Woman’s Day Magazine
When I feel overwhelmed, it’s a cue to stop and regroup.
2. Write lists
Lists, list and more lists! It’s the only way I can keep track. I keep different lists for different things, mainly for food, and then a separate one for gifts.
This year, I had a look at different free Christmas gift apps and decided on Santa’s Bag. I set a budget for all my presents and I’m pretty happy with this app and how I can group recipients in family groups and keep track of where I’m at which each gift (that is purchased, wrapped and given).
3. Shop (or Window Shop) online
I do a mix of online and offline shopping. I usually look online for inspiration and to help me plan what gifts I need to look out for when I’m at the shops in person. BIG W have an online shop plus a Click & Collect service where you can shop online and pick up what your order. I did this for my photo Christmas Cards. **(Check your estimated delivery time to ensure your gift arrives in time for Christmas)**
4. Plan the trip
Plan where to go before you hit the shops. I make a rough mud map of where shops are and where to go first. I find this helps save me time when I get there.
5. Extra gifts
For unexpected guests, it’s fabulous to have a few gifts up your sleeve. I like nuts, chocolates and dried fruit.
6. Gift Ideas
I asked for fabulous, useful and fun gift ideas for children and families on my Facebook page recently. I like this as a guide for gifts from Mum and Dad:
Something they want
Something they need
Something to wear and
Something to read
- Monster kit: 3 containers, one with play dough, one with feathers and one with bits of pipe cleaner, google eyes.
- Book and a floor cushion
- PJs, Popcorn & a DVD Pack
- Family portrait session
- Gardening pack: Pot, seeds, watering can, spade
- Box of pretty hair things
- A journal, stickers and a set of sparkly pens
- Personalised cap (with name or initial)
- A bowl, topping and $5 to buy a tub of ice-cream
- Packet of fabric markers & a white t-shirts or shoes
- School Holiday Kit – bubbles, drawing pens, art pads, pavement chalk
I found items at BIG W and put this school holiday fun pack together for under $50
A plain white T-Shirt or shoes and a pack of fabric pens is such a fun and unique gift idea for kids. (Design ideas here)
Last minute party Christmas favour
If you’re looking for a last minute party favour idea, these ‘snow’ packs are super cute and simple to put together. They are a fabulous stocking filler or table decoration. Click for instruction and a free printable: Snowman Tic Tac printable.
What you need
Blank Sticky Labels (PDF Printable here)
Sprint to the end with a plan! That’s what I say! And Merry Christmas!
Congratulations to Rebecca, Gemma and Tiffany the winners of the last 3 giveaways. I have another BIG W voucher on offer for those last minute purchases. Use the rafflecopter form below and leave a comment answering this question:
What is your best Last Minute Tip in the lead up to Christmas Day?
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