With the holidays almost here, a feeling of dread may have started to settle at the back of your mind. This is because besides making meals, cleaning up, and generally keeping your family together, you will add entertaining friends and family as well as shopping for gifts, packing, and delivering them. Worry not, however, because you can follow the four tips below to make the season an easy and happy one for you and your family.
Prioritize The Presents
With the state of things around the world, there’s a chance that you may not be able to get fantastic gifts for every single person you know. Don’t feel guilty about this, but get the most important presents first so you know that this is out of the way. Check for sales and discounts, which will enable you to get more of what you need so that no one is left out. Once this has been done, you can think about stocking stuffers. You could also consider getting less common gift items, which could give you great savings while allowing you to make a great impression. For instance, the sales of audiobooks in the U.S. increased by 16%, generating revenue worth more than $1.2 billion dollars in revenue.
Work With a List
To make sure that you don’t waste your money getting things you don’t need or spend time shopping but forget an important item or two, make a list. Do this as early as you can and populate the list over a duration of time so that you get everything you need to get. Doing this will also enable you to know approximately how much you will need to set aside for shopping so that you can prepare accordingly. You could even print out a list and place it on the kitchen counter or display it on the fridge where everyone can see it and add items they need. This will make sure that the list covers the whole family’s needs.
To avoid the hectic streets and stores, shop online for this holiday season. Many retailers availed robust online options for people who wished to keep buying things they needed over the past year. Most of these are still around, so that means that you will have more options than you previously had while shopping online. This is cemented by the fact that 59% of shoppers who took part in a survey said that the ability to shop on mobile devices was important when they were deciding on the retailer or brand to buy from. Shopping online will leave you with more time on your hands, which you can use to get other things done.
Set a Budget
For the sake of your finances, take the time to create a budget. Write down what you’re willing to spend on different items or activities like going on vacation. This will allow you to make the most of your holiday season while staying secure in the knowledge that you won’t have overspent when it’s time to settle bills and expenses after the holidays pass. A good way to stay within your budget is shopping in advance before the holiday rush arrives. This will give you time to get any custom gifts, such as handmade items and printed goods, done well. The market for custom t-shirt printing is estimated to hit a value of about $6.9 billion by the year 2027, showing that more people than before are printing t-shirts. To avoid ending up on a long waiting list for things like this, shop early and stick to your budget.
You can make the holidays less stressful and more fun for yourself and your family as a busy mom. Simply follow the tips above, and you will enjoy the hassle-free experience that this season can become.