I’ve been saying all year that homemade Christmas has to start early. Every time that I’ve waited until December to get started, the craft stores are picked over, all my weekends are booked with holiday parties, and I’m just too exhausted to cram one more project into my day.
And then, everyone gets gift cards.
This year, I am (mostly) on schedule, and you can be too. That file on your desktop with your list of names and gift ideas? Print it out, finalize your gift ideas into gift decisions, and start blocking out time to get it done.
- Designate a place to store gifts once they’re finished, so you don’t spend Christmas Eve telling your aunt how cool her gift would be if only you could figure out which closet it’s in.
- Swap babysitting with a friend so you can hit the craft stores distraction free.
- Break down your tasks into manageable bites, especially if you’re making multiples of a craft for office or school gifts. You need to tie 50 tiny ribbon bows? Bring them to your child’s soccer practice and tie them there – you might even get some help from other bored parents.
- If you’re primarily cooking or baking your gifts, start stocking up on whatever non-perishable supplies you’ll need – buying flour, sugar, muffin cups, etc. on sale now will make your homemade gifts even more economical and less of a chore. I hear Wendy has some shredded coconut you could take off her hands…
- If what you’re making needs to be made closer to the holidays, block that time out now. Schedule a babysitter, swap with a friend, bribe your spouse with cookies, whatever works, but schedule that time in advance.
I’m off to print out my list now. I might also try this method for preserving fall leaves, and use them as gift tags. If you try it, will you let me know?