I love giving gifts!
I enjoy thinking about what people like and trying to come up with things they could use to make life easier or more fun. Unless we’re talking about my brother – he’s the most difficult person in the world for whom to buy, so I always get him fun socks plus whatever extra ideas my mom has. Ha! I can write that because I’m 99.9% sure he’s not reading this.
Sometimes, though, it can be easy for me to lose track when gift buying – I may forget that I already bought x thing for this person or not realize just how much I’ve already spent on gifts in total. Seeing as that money tree in our backyard never did start producing, my husband and I have had to set a gift budget. While giving gifts shouldn’t be about how much you do or don’t spend on someone, staying within budget is a very real aspect of life for most of us!
The past few years I have kept a list of the people for whom we buy gifts, what I’ve purchased for them, ideas of things still to purchase, item prices, and the total budget we’ve set for each person. It’s really helpful for me to be able to see at a glance who is already “done,” what I have left to buy, and how much I’ve spent.
In case this idea may be helpful to some of you too, I’ve created a printable!
Christmas Gift Planning Printable
There are 2 pages to the printable:
* “Short list” = fewer lines per person
* “Long list” = more lines per person
Please note: the number of lines included on each list was guesswork and very much an aesthetic decision. It in no way reflects what I think you should or should not be buying. Do what works for you, your budget, and your situation.
I figured both lists may be helpful in different settings – we probably will need more lines for our children than our husband’s second-cousin-once-removed, right? You can always use more than one section per person if needed.
There are 2 versions:
–> Please note these printables are for personal use only and may not be modified, sold, or republished without express permission of Hymns & Home.
Print Version – Physically print & write your list
Digital Version – PDF with fillable fields and checkable boxes to use on the computer
There is only one of each list in the digital version.
I decided not to duplicate the pages for the digital version ahead of time as I don’t know how many you will need and I wanted the files to be easily navigable.
If you want to add more pages to your digital list, do this:
On Mac using Preview
Go to view -> Thumbnails, hold down the “fn” and “option” buttons at the same time, and drag the page you want to copy downward. It will add another one.
On PC using Adobe (Haven’t tried this – don’t have a PC)
Viewing thumbnails, hold down “control” and drag the page you want to copy downward.
I hope this little printable brings some organization to your Christmas shopping! I’d love to hear if you use, if it works well for you, and any changes you might like to see in a future printable.
Do you love gift shopping too, or is it something you dread? Leave a comment below!