How to Organize Your Holiday Gift List

How to Organize Your Holiday Gift List

How to Organize Your Holiday Gift List

Hi, friends!

We are officially at the mid-way point of November! Whether you started embracing the Christmas spirit before Halloween, once Halloween ended, or you’re waiting until after Thanksgiving, one thing is for sure: now is the time to start figuring out your Christmas gift list! Even if you’re a last-minute shopper, now is the perfect time to start thinking of who you need to buy for and brainstorming some gift ideas!

I LOVE gift giving and surprising friends and loved ones with gifts tailored just for them and planning out my list helps me get squared away before the crazy shopping ensues! If you’re not a planner by nature, don’t despair! I’m here to share a few tips and tricks with you to help you kickstart the organization of your gift list to make your holiday shopping painless!

List your people

The first step in organizing your holiday gift list is writing out who you need to buy for! Start by just writing out all the people you can think of that you typically buy for in a season- family, friends, co-workers, significant others, etc. I like to separate my list into categories, so feel free to make your own categories as such if you like to see them separated! And remember, you can always add people to your list or downsize. This is just a preliminary list, no need to be locked into it!

Talk to your friends about gifting

This step is important in your gifting process, especially for younger people i.e. college students, recent grads, etc. I can tell you firsthand that gifting as a young adult is hard! I always feel like I want to shower my friends and family with the best of the best, but my wallet says otherwise! Because you and your friends will more than likely be floating in that boat together, ASK your friends and loved ones 1. If you will be exchanging gifts this year and 2. If so, should we set a spending budget. This is something that I adopted with many of my friends in college that we are still practicing now! Being up front and asking if they would still like to exchange gifts for the holiday opens up a conversation, and setting a spending limit ensures that one person is not spending a ton of money while the other stays within THEIR budget. Make sense? Exchanging gifts or exchanging extravagant gifts DOES NOT define your friendship or relationship. The holidays can be tough, so it is important to work within YOUR means!

Consider your funds, create an overall budget, and individual spending budgets

This step branches off the previous one just a bit! As I said, for most young people, spending around the holidays can be nerve wracking! The best way to combat this feeling to the best of your ability is to consider your funds and your budget before you jump into shopping. Once you’re out and about in stores, it can be easy to veer off course and spend more than you bargained for, which ultimately will just leave you a stressed out place once the shopping is over. We want to avoid that! While we LOVE our friends and loved ones, you don’t want to shell out every penny you’ve got on presents when chances are good you will have expenses to cover! Start by:

  • Talking to with your people and setting your spending limits with one another
  • If you don’t have that discussion with your peeps, try to assign spending budgets for each person on your gift list. Like I said, I know you might want to give your loved ones the world, but we must be realistic with our funds- especially this season!
  • Tally up the maximum amounts you’ve assigned to each person to figure out your maximum budget for your holiday spending. This will be a great framework to start your shopping with! Do keep in mind that you’ve calculated your MAXIMUM budget. Those are the walls in which you should aim to stay, and there is nothing wrong with coming out underbudget! Leave yourself a little bit of wiggle room though, as we all know that one extra person always seems to slip our minds in the craziness of the season!

Do your research, get ideas together!

Now that your gift list is a bit more solid, the fun can begin! Take a look at your list and start brainstorming some gift ideas for your people! Something else you can do that I have done in the past is ask your people to list maybe 5 things they want or need this season. If you’re feeling completely stuck, this will help provide a little insight into how they are thinking! Don’t be afraid to ask if there is anything they want or anything they need. This will help you formulate ideas that are a bit more personal and tailored to the person you’re shopping for!

Google, Instagram, and Pinterest are your friends! SO many bloggers and influencers put together gift idea lists and posts- the resources are endless! Chances are good that if you search it, you’ll find a resource on it! *Don’t forget to keep your receipts and get gift receipts if you can!*

Gather up your gift bags/wrappings so you can clearly separate your gifts and see what you’ve got

As you’re shopping, if you’re interested, gather up your gift bags/boxes/tags too! Sometimes, the wrapping can be TOTALLY part of the present! I love to put gifts in those cute decorative boxes from T.J. Maxx or Michael’s, then they can repurpose them for whatever they’d like later on! Having your wrappings early will also help you separate your gifts so you can clearly see who you already bought for, what you’ve gotten them, and if you are missing anything! Dedicate one box/bag/space in your closet for your present area so that everything can stay in one place and your gifts aren’t all over the place! When the time comes to pull out your goodies, you’ll be so relieved to have it organized and separated all in one place.


If you’re still looking for some overall organizational help for this month and heading into December, my November & December 2-Pack Bullet Journal Templates are available for purchase on my homepage! If you’re looking to purchase a template for ONLY December, click HERE! (P.S. the templates make the perfect, downloadable holiday gift!)

How to Organize Your Holiday Gift List

I know, all my “Christmas after Thanksgiving” peeps are probably going to cringe at me saying ALL of this, but now you are ready to kick start your holiday shopping! Most of these steps can be completed in the coming weeks, your preliminary work can all happen BEFORE Thanksgiving so the minute you finish your Thanksgiving dinner, you can head out to the store and make holiday shopping your you-know-what!

Next week, we’ve got our November Passions Piece Feature, then our Monthly Minute at the end of the month, then get yourself ready for some more organizational, holiday content!

Lots of love! xo

~ Ang

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September Round Up

September Round Up

Wake Up! September is almost over!

Thank you for indulging in my cheesy Green Day Reference.

ANYWAY!

Summer has come and gone, and we have officially made it through the first little bit of fall! I don’t know about you, but as I get older, I’m more aware of how quickly the year goes by. Things that happened last September feel like they JUST happened, and I always have to check myself and remind myself…it’s been a year, sister.

September was a great month; it was exciting in lots of new ways, but still the same-old-same-old in many ways, too. First and foremost, in addition to my lovely retail job I started a new job as a remote marketing assistant for a blogging business!!! It’s all very new and I am learning a lot, but I have loved every minute so far. I have to say, I am not anywhere NEAR where I had thought I would be at this point in the game a year ago but I do think I ended up where I am for a reason. Although actively pursuing a career in the theatre right now is not really possible, I do feel like I am continuing to grow and better myself for when that big reopening does happen (because it WILL happen). Also, this month I taught my first yoga class as my final assignment for my training! I am just about finished up, just ironing out a few logistical things, but stay tuned next month for the official announcement of my completion!

The things I choose to write about in these monthly round up posts are constantly changing, just because I don’t think I can really have a template for how life is going to play out that month and what I am going to need more/less of in my life! Some months I have had tons of time to watch TV and read books, other months I feel like I’m constantly being tugged at by work, and so on and so forth. This month, I’m going to share with you some books I read (I was actually able to read a lot), some products that have been life savers in my busy schedule, and some things I have added into my routine to make my soul a little happier!

Books

Moonology by Yasmin Boland

One of the goals I set for myself for September was to start manifesting, and coincidentally, this book is all about manifesting with the cycles of the moon. I got the book to read as part of the Simple Ayurveda online book club thinking that it was only about the moon, so I was pleasantly surprised when I got it and found out it had a lot to do with manifestation (one might say…I manifested for this…?). Boland is truly an expert in her field, and this book is a wonderful starting point for newcomers to manifesting like myself. I’m fascinated by how the moon and astrology control our lives and I have loved bringing manifestation into my life!

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The Whisper Man by Alex North

This book was spooky. Creepy. But an absolute page turner! Full disclosure: I am a little afraid of the dark and reading this book alone in my room at night definitely left me sitting up for longer than usual. I picked this book up at Sam’s Club not thinking I’d love it, but it was such a great read. Usually, I find thrillers to be a little predictable, or I can just unravel them quickly, but this one truly kept me guessing the whole way through. The author did a beautiful job of connecting all the dots as the twists and turns unfolded. Check it out!

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

This is the book that I am in the process of reading, but so far, I love it! My mom actually read it first and wouldn’t stop raving about it, saying every young woman should read it. She kindly got me my own copy (because she knows I like to highlight and underline and all that) and I am loving how raw and honest it is so far.

TV

Ratchet (Netflix)

If you are a Ryan Murphy/ American Horror Story lover, this show is DEFINITELY for you. I am not up to date on AHS whatsoever, but I love Sarah Paulson and Finn Wittrock so I decided to give this show a shot. There are only 8 episodes up right now, but I literally started it on a Friday night and was finished by Saturday night. I couldn’t stop!!! Of course, if you’re familiar with Ryan Murphy’s work, it usually has that effect of viewers. It’s kind of so sickening and crazy that you just can’t stop watching. If you’re looking for a little thrill in your TV watching endeavors, I would 100% recommend this show!

This and That

Fringe Studio Notebooks

If you know me, you know I am a bit of a notebook snob. I have SO many notebooks laying around, but Fringe Company notebooks are 100% my favorite. All the ones I have ever used I found at my T.J. Maxx/Marshall’s/Home Goods, but you can also find a few on Amazon or on their website! The paper is amazing to write on, and I love that they have the little space for the date in the top corner of the pages. I recently got a 2-pack on mini notebooks; one is lined pages and the other is dotted! They are so perfect for on-the-go work!

Liquid I.V.

Y’all, if you follow me on Instagram you already KNOW how much I love my Liquid I.V. Hydration and Energy Multipliers!!! Seriously, the flavors are so yummy. They also just came out with 3 new flavors- watermelon, apple pie, and guava! I haven’t tried the new ones yet but I am SO ready. The sticks use CTT technology to get the goods to your bloodstream faster, hydrating you beyond belief. The Energy Multiplier works the same way AND pumps you up with natural caffeine. If you want to try out Liquid I.V. for yourself you can shop here for 25% off your purchase AND free shipping!

JustFab Shoes

I have always wanted to give JustFab a try…I took the leap and I love my shoes! I was skeptical because first of all, I have a big foot and second of all, my feet are sometimes a weird in between size, so not being able to try them on worried me. I went with my gut on the sizing, I nailed it, and the shoes are adorable. I got a cute pair of sneaker wedges and a cute pair of simple white sneakers for the transition into fall! Also sweet, when you sign up as a VIP your first pair of shoes is only $10!

I hope you had a great September and that you’re all adjusting beautifully to this chilly fall weather! I can’t wait for October, it’s my favorite month! Myself and a lot of my close friends have birthdays in October, and it always just brings me so much joy. Be on the lookout for some more posts about my passions/getting to know me as my birthday month unfolds! I hope October brings you joy, love, and abundance! Stay well, loves!

~ Ang