Yesterday I was officially invited to my first Christmas party for the year, so Christmas is now officially in my head and the panic of gift-giving has begun. Before now, I was happy to ignore the department store displays and online newsletters promoting Christmas decorations but being invited to an event, makes it somewhat more real.
I’m not sure if I’m more or less prepared than last year at this stage. I feel I am still behind but that may have something to do with the amount of social events I’ve had this year. Here’s what I’ve done so far to prepare:
- Bought cheap Christmas wrap in the boxing day sales last year (always a great idea, you can get a roll of Christmas wrap for $1 from places like Kmart).
- Written a list of who I have to buy for, present ideas and a budgeted amount for each gift. Here’s a printable gift list planner from Kidspot (it may be a favourite website of mine, even though I don’t have kids yet :p).
- Printed free printable gift tags from the internet.
If you’re not as prepared as all that, here’s a few budget saving ideas I’ve found on the internet:
1. Brown paper wrap (you can buy from Coles or Kmart) with alphabetical stamping and a cute ribbon (discount stores sell cheap ribbon). Here’s Kikki’s K’s tutorial for it.
2. Find free Christmas tag printables and even cards online. Here’s a few links to some cute tags: