Laptop or paper and pen, coffee (or something stronger) and time. Okay, I’m thinking the time one might be hard to achieve with the busiest time of year soon upon us. So I think we should strategy how to make this easier.
♥ Take your laptop and/or paper and pen and leave now or soon and head to a coffee shop alone. Treat yourself and just sit and take a few deep breaths. Okay paper & pen out. Start making your lists of people to buy for, groceries, events to attend or host. Remember NOT to let your coffee get cold. Sip, breath you are doing fine.
♥ If you work full or part-time outside the house start taking advantage of lunch hours. You can do a duck in and grab, even if only for one item it is one less you have to worry about. Or lock yourself in your office and do your online shopping – remember it your lunch break.
♥ Can you delegate? Or share? Do you have a friend who is heading in one direction and you in another? Are there easy items you could pick up for each other? Say wine? Stocking stuffers? Chocolate?
♥ What about baking – yes baking. It is not for everyone but if you hate it how about having a friend do some baking for you and you do some wrapping for her?
♥ A few years ago I decided to give my nieces and nephews pewter Christmas ornaments. Is there a gift you could give yearly? Maybe a magazine subscription, ornaments, flowers, baked goods or good coffee?
♥ If you send cards put them on the coffee table and write out addresses while watching television.
♥ Maybe this is the year you decided to do a family gift exchange instead of individual gifts.
♥ Purchase pretty napkins and have on hand for quick and easy hostess gifts.
♥ Consider gift cards – now those you can pick up on your lunch time.
♥ If you have a Farmer’s Market or Craft Market grab a coffee to go and head there. Buy local it is a win/win for you and your community.
♥ Breathe and realize people remember experiences and how you made them feel more than anything material you give them.
You can always start now !