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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Planning holiday gifts

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

Bob gets gift wrapping

You may be reading this thinking, "It's too early in the year to be planning gifts for the holidays!" Read on: in this week's tip, laurie09 suggests starting to keep track of any holiday shopping you may do out of season, so as the holidays approach you have a game plan and won't have to scramble.

As a mom of 9, with grown kids, kids at home and grandkids, it's always tough to keep Christmas gifts organized. Because of the large size of our family, I have limited the gifts to three apiece. Because I have to hide the gifts, they aren't in plain sight, and sometimes I buy more gifts for one kid than another, which leads to last-minute scrambling. Today I found my first Christmas gift – a perfect item on deep discount! How to remember it later?

I created a list titled "XMS". I entered everyone for whom I am planning to give Christmas gifts as a task. I entered last names first so that the list would be grouped (mostly!) by families. I clicked on the person I purchased for, and entered a note describing the gift I bought.

Each person for whom I have completed shopping will be coded priority 3 and fall to the bottom of the list when sorted by priorities. Persons for whom some gifts are bought will be priority 2, and no gifts are priority 1. When I get to crunch-time shopping I'll be able to see easily what's left to get.

Now all that's left is to come up with the money!

We may have a tip for that too! :)

Thanks for sharing this tip, laurie09! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

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