Freebies, Gifting

How to keep holiday gift shopping simple (+ a free gift planner!)


It’s November, people. You know that means shopping for gifts is in your future in some way, shape or form. If you’re like me, every year leaves me feeling overwhelmed and poor. But this year I decided to make a change and follow a few self-imposed rules in order to simplify this busy, stressful season.

Rule #1: Get organized early.

Like, now. Make a list of everyone you will be gifting. Set a budget and stick to it. I use the gift planner printable in the photo above and it saves me from making 500 notes in my phone, emailing myself random links and, the dreaded, completely forgetting to write anything down. And I’m giving it to you, for free!


This printable is new and improved since last year and I’d love to see photos of yours in action! Use #ILoveBGD to share.

Rule #2: Shop online whenever possible.

Now that you have your list of people it will be easy to order early enough to get some unique finds for your loved ones from your favorite online gift shops! It’s tempting to order from big name companies because of their quick shipping but consider shopping early to support small businesses as well.

Rule #3: Save big purchases for Big Sale Days

Yes, Black Friday is great if you like to wake up at the crack ass of dawn to get a gigantic TV. That’s not what I’m in to. Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are where it’s at. A lot of businesses will preview what’s to come on those two days so follow your favorites on social media or sign up for their newsletter to be the first to know. (Are you on the BGD list?)

Don’t forget to download your FREE Christmas Gift Planner>>

What are your go to tips for holiday shopping?


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