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April Christmas Prep: How to Prepare for Christmas this Month

It’s still early in the year but if you read the January Christmas Prep post you know that the goal is to make progress each month so the holidays don’t catch us off guard. This year we’re taking a little time around the 25th of every month to prepare for the holidays and make progress on all aspects of planning and gift giving.

For April, we are paying attention to all of the gift ideas that flooded your inboxes for Easter! Easter is a great time to stock up on gifts for the little ones in your life. All of the Easter basket ideas are perfect to use as recommendations to start getting the ideas churning for Christmas.

Look at all of the components of a great Easter basket as the components of a great Christmas gift and stocking stuffers. If you have to buy presents for children that aren't yours, ask their parents for anything they left out of their Easter basket that should have been included to get your wheels turning!

These are the start of great gift ideas. This month your homework is to do research on the kids in your life and use those Easter basket ideas to get your shopping going! Don't rely on your memory to keep these gifty tidbits until Christmas. Store these ideas in the Christmas spreadsheet or in your phone's notes app and you'll have a great place to start Christmas shopping!


A Quick Recap of this Year:

In January we took the time to review last Christmas. We updated our gift spreadsheets with all of the gifts that we gave during Christmas. All of the clothes, toys, gadgets and stocking stuffers were noted, as well as their recipient’s reactions to these gifts.

We also talked about setting a budget for Christmas by setting aside a monthly stipend for the holiday season with a direct deposit amount or just a calendar reminder, or simply planning to purchase a gift each month so you don’t have to think of all the gift ideas at the end of the year.

In February we started to think about what to give for Christmas gifts. I get it, it’s early but gift giving is what this site is all about! This month we are getting strategic about gifts and gift ideas for Christmas. Let’s start thinking of ideas for gifts based on the resources recently presented to us.

In layman’s terms, look at all of the Valentine’s Day gift guides for Christmas ideas.

In March we focused on the changing of the seasons. With the weather getting warmer, Spring cleaning is about to be in full swing. People will be donating things they didn't use or throwing away items that can't be reused. Listen to what the people in your life are saying they need for this new season. Many of us state out loud

what we need, in passing, and only

occasionally go about buying that item for ourselves.


Next month we’ll circle back and work on making progress in another area so you’re prepared for the end of the year.

Very Happy Planning!




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