Before you say it, I KNOW it’s only October, but hate me even more when I tell you I am usually almost done by now, Scrooge! USUALLY – not this year though, I really need a kick up the bum as my stress levels cannot cope with this level of disorganisation.
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My lovely, beautiful, sweet 9 year old Daughter reads my blogs (hello Evie!) so I will keep this as magical as possible.
As we all know, Santa works in different ways for different people. For most families he’ll bring the stockings and a main gift leaving parents to buy the rest. The arrangement we have with him is that he brings all the presents & we send him the money & budgets so his elves can do wonderful things that us mere mortals couldn’t possibly do. I buy all the relatives’ gifts & wrap those myself.
We also have an elf who brings treats & Christmas Eve boxes, but I’ll document his antics in another post!
I found this app a few years ago and I honestly don’t how 1) I functioned without it & 2) how everyone else functions without it. The last 3 Christmases have been relatively stress free due to this little gem & I want to shout it from the rooftops!
I got this from Appstore for my iPhone, not sure if it’s available on Android. You can have a password on it too if you have any sneaky peekers and best of all, it’s free – YIPPEE!
Under this section you create the recipients, the budget for that individual & colour code them. I make them yellow while I’m buying/deciding, turquoise once they’re all finished then I change them to pink when I’ve sent/handed them over.
Then you just start adding gift ideas, items you’ve seen or things you’ve already bought. The app will tell you if you’re under/over budget and how much by. When you start putting gifts on, the app prompts you to add what the item is, where it’s from & the price. Underneath that you change the status to “not bought/bought/wrapped/sent”. I find this particularly handy as I wrap as I go along a lot of the time.
This is automatically generated after you start inputting gifts. It sorts the gifts into “not bought/bought/wrapped/sent” which I find really helpful for when you’re near the end of your Christmas shopping. It tells you at the side who that gift is for too! Impressive, right!?
This section is brilliant for looking for gift ideas based on categories. I don’t use it much as there isn’t a great deal of variety; I’m hoping over the years as this app gains downloads, they’ll collaborate with other brands/stores for a better selection.
I would love to see a ‘notes’ section for things like Christmas food, who to write cards for etc but honestly, I’m just being extra picky. The app as it is will revolutionise your Christmas shopping forever!
Love, Dannii x