Home Tip Of The Week: Prep For The Holidays

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Can you believe there are only 9 weeks until Christmas? It will be here before we know it, so we’ve come up with a few things you can do now to prepare for the holiday season.

Gifts – It’s never too early to start brainstorming your wish list and gift ideas for others. What’s even better? Think about how much you want to spend on each person and plan out your gift budget. You could even start setting up a gift wrapping station with all of the essentials like tape, ribbon, scissors, gift boxes, and gift tags.

Cards – Go ahead and order your holiday cards, if possible, or at least start making your list of names and addresses. Consider printing return address labels or investing in a return address stamp to make things even easier.

Parties – Will you be hosting any events? Start making your guest lists and invitations now. You can also start planning your menus and making shopping lists. Take an inventory of your tablecloths, napkins, napkins rings, place card holders, and other essentials to avoid a last-minute panic. Check out our previous post on How To Prepare For Thanksgiving Dinner for more details.

Schedule – Make a holiday bucket list with all of the things you want to do during the season. Then get with family and friends to discuss dates and make sure you don’t miss anything. Remember to make time for yourself, too! Block out some down time. Consider scheduling a massage, pedicure, or whatever helps you relax.

Stock up – Keep some easy, versatile gifts on hand for party hosts, unexpected guests, or stocking stuffers. Think of things that anyone would love to receive like a candle, a nice bottle of wine or olive oil, or a cozy throw blanket. Consider purchasing some extra gift cards, too.

Get Ready For Guests – Add function to your entryway with a chair to aid in taking off shoes, a place to put belongings, and extra coat racks or hooks. Freshen up the bathroom with festive hand towels, a seasonal candle, and a new luxurious hand soap. For overnight guests, refer to our previous post on Preparing For Houseguests for more ideas.

If you get a head start, you’ll get through the holidays with ease!