With just a few months left in 2019, we can quickly get swept up in the current of busyness, and before we know it lose track of our hopes for closing out the year on a high note.
But just because these next few months will be packed full doesn’t mean you can’t end the year in a pleasant or enjoyable manner. If you’re known for putting off leveling up your end-of-the-year celebrations, commit to getting it right this year.
Check out some of the useful tips we’ve compiled to help get you started on upgrading your holiday season.
1. Make Your List Early
The gift-giving season kicks off with the holidays around this time of year. There’s some brilliant insight going on in those “he’s making his list and checking it twice” song lyrics. Because the clearer you are with who exactly you’re shopping for, your gift-giving budgets and events like white elephant office parties, the better able you’ll be to find meaningful gifts and keep your finances in check.
Check this out: The average American expects to spend nearly $800 on Christmas gift-giving this year.
2. Step Up the Creativity of Your Gift Wrap
Here’s where a little extra time spent can make a big impact. Want to level up your holiday this year? One simple way is to get creative with your gift-wrapping skills. There are a million ideas out there to peruse, but a simple way to add a more personal touch can be including a family photo or using yarn to create a personalized family monogram on each wrapped gift.
Check this out: Ditch the store-bought wrapping paper in favor of holiday décor that’s right outside your backdoor. Think pinecones, pine needles, twigs, and twine.
3. Get Serious About Your Holiday Cards
There’s something about this time of year when families want to be together or at least connect in a real way. Even if you can’t be with your whole crew this year, you can send them a piece of you in the form of a well thought out holiday card. So, hire that fancy photog, plan your venue, pick out your camera-ready outfit, and don’t forget to smile!
Check this out: Try using a website that allows you to upload your favorite photos, create a special message, and even customize the card’s features such as shape, paper quality, color scheme and more with help from a designer.
4. Start a New Tradition
Holidays are the perfect time to savor the familiar — think grandma’s Christmas feast while mixing in some new elements. Some of the newer trending traditions include taking time to unplug — staying off your smartphone, tablet and even switching off the TV — to be present with loved ones. Another great tradition to start is giving back to those less fortunate. For example, stop by a local soup kitchen to help serve meals, donate to your local food bank, or bring your pup to a nursing home to help spread some holiday joy.
Check this out: For families with kids, try getting them involved in the giving spirit of the season.
Be Intentional About Enjoying the Holidays
Try to remember, as this year’s celebration season arrives, the point of the holidays isn’t to run around stressed out and anxious but rather to slow down and delight in the company of family and friends. The best way to upgrade the festivities this time around is to take a moment now to plan and prep so you can be intentional about enjoying every last wonderful memory you will create this season.