It’s about time to pull out your old Christmas wrapping paper. But wait… you don’t have your Christmas list yet! Learn some good ideas for creating that list and following through. Update your old list, add new notes, and make it a family time to brainstorm new gift ideas for everyone on the list.
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Things you’ll need:
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Your list of family, relatives, and friends you want to give a gift
On-line research, eHow and Examiner articles, et al.
Notebook paper and pencil or pen
Digital camera or phone with camera
Copy machine access (option)
Computer with Scanner (option)
File folders for each Christmas gift list
Grab your mailing list and decide who gets a gift. We all know that not everyone on our mailing list usually gets a gift at Christmas. Decide which individuals or families you want to include. If someone is to receive a special gift, make a mental note. If you didn’t write down what they received last year, rack your memory and try to think. Put a question mark down if you can’t recall. Pull out your notepad and pen and start planning your Christmas list.
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Write down gift list names in alphabetical order, last name first. This will make them easier to find later. If you need to mail gift, write down updated address. If necessary, contact someone who has an updated address and correct your records. Jot down some recall notes about individual or family. Keep your notes in bullet form. For example, “collects Butterflies” or “Boy Scout” or “devout Catholic,” “likes home cooked meals.” This way, you can plan on a special subject gift. Include family member names and ages if you have them. Try to put down notes that allow you to select a gift that will be unique and special, not a “re-gifting” type item. Start file folders per family or individual, include digital photos of similar gifts, magazine tear sheets, pictures, sketches, and notes of simple items you want to copy and enhance, i.e., a painted white drink mug, some special note cards, kids picture album for grandparents, a childhood home photo, a kids toy box on wheels specially identified with name, a frozen special meal.
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Put new Christmas gift plan list on your computer. This way you can easily update every year and pass it on to your immediate family members, do searches, print out copies, add pictures of items you find in magazine, catalogs, retail stores, and sketches you make of items you plan to make yourself. Get your family involved in thinking and researching the types of gifts a particular family member, relative, or close friend would appreciate. Print out a master list with names and have each of your immediate family members brainstorm their notes and ideas for great gifts. Make it a fun time for your family and a family tradition for years to come. Put a final updated list on your crafts worktable or workbench or prime location for the entire family to see and check on the progress being made to complete the gifts and distribution. Mark a large calendar with dates to make and mail or send by shown beside each name. Happy Christmas gift list planning!
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