Just the thought of Christmas can be overwhelming. You’re talking gifts galore, family pictures, Christmas cards, family visits and much more. Yeah for sure it’s fun and one of my favorite times of year, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t bring its fair share of overwhelm with it. Luckily there are a few things that help me keep it a little more organized and that is my free Christmas Gift Planner and Card Tracker printables.
If you asked those closest to me, they would all tell you I’m obsessed with lists. My sister-in-law jokes around about how I will add stuff to my ‘to do’ list that I have already completed, just so I can have the satisfaction of marking them off. You bet your butt I do!
There’s just something so joyful about getting to cross tasks off a list. It gives me an overwhelming sense of accomplishment, it motivates me to keep hustling, and it keeps me ORGANIZED.
Holy Jeez Batman! If you could’ve seen my life before I stated using lists, your jaw would probably hit the floor. It was about as put together as a toddler who just ate 6 candy bars and walked into a toy shop. Ok, I’m being a little dramatic, but you get the picture. Lists bring organization to a life of chaos. and being a mom means we all need that little bit of help.
Christmas Gift Planner
Have you ever cleaned out your closet in April only to find Christmas gifts for your kids that you forgot about? Yep, I have. I know, I laughed my head off at the time too, but I was also thinking girl you have got to get yourself under control. The reason I thought that was because the Christmas that was just a few months prior was WAY overboard. Near the end of opening presents we were opening our children’s gifts for them. WHAT? Yep, they were tired of opening presents and just wanted to go play. Little did I know that there were even more toys hiding in the closet that NEVER got wrapped. If that doesn’t scream out of control I don’t know what does.
After that the Christmas Gift Planner printable was born, and thank you Jesus that it was! This worksheet helps you keep track of each person and every gift you get them. It also works as a brainstorming worksheet. Just start off by listing some gift ideas you have for each person, then when you actually purchase the gift mark off the box with the $ on it. The next box, with the present above it, is for when you wrap the gift. This way no gifts get forgotten about in the depths of your dark closet.
Something I have decided to do is break down my kids gifts into4 different catagories. Normally you hear the Want, Need, Wear, Read gift ideas but since we do Christmas PJ’s and a book as their Christmas Eve gift we changed it up.
Four Christmas Gift Categories
- WANT | This can be anything that they have said they want.
- NEED | Getting them something they need makes it easier on you, so make this gift the new pair of shoes they need, a new bike helmet, or something of the sorts.
- LEARN | We are all about learning in our house so I like to get a gift that is educational in some way. This will differ from kid to kid depending on their age.
- DO | So many times my kids get gifts and before you know it the toy is left in the toy box never to be played with again, or at best 3 times a year. This is why we will be getting out kids some sort of activity so they get an expierence that gives them memories. You can do horseback riding, art classes, museum vouchers, zoo, indoor water park and much more.
Christmas Card Tracker
Not only do you get the Gift Planner printable, but it also comes with a 2018 Christmas Countdown Calendar, and a Christmas Card Tracker printable as well.
Now, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I have only ever sent out Christmas cards 1 time and I think it was to about 5 people. Yes, I’m being totally honest right now. You see, moving 8 times in 6 years, 4 of which were over state lines, means that things like Christmas Cards are the last thing to get put on my to do list, right above scrubbing the grout with a toothbrush.
Each year comes, and I make the plan to take pictures, do a card, and actually mail them out, but it never happens. I’m either taking photos of 20 other families for their Christmas cards, busy moving, or I get as far as taking the photos and putting the card together but forget to order the prints. Next thing you know it’s December 23rdand there is no way they are going to get them in 2 days, so it gets posted as a general “Merry Christmas from the Beans” post on Facebook or Instagram.
I know, super lame, but that’s why I created the Christmas Card Tracker printable. This mama needed some help and majorly.
This tracker is perfect to get you organized and ready to send out your Christmas Cards easily and efficiently. It helps you create a place where you can keep track of everyone’s address, no matter what time of year it is, and you can even use it for many years to come. At the top of each section where it says year write in the last two digits of the year and mark if you sent and/or received a card from that family.
My goals for this Christmas, with the help of the printables are…
- Don’t go overboard!
- Don’t forget any gifts hidden away in the closet!
- Send out real, tangible, in the mail Christmas cards!
If your goals are similar or you just want these cute Free Christmas printables then snag them below. Don’t let Christmas over take you, but instead make it a time of joy, peace, gratefulness, and experiences.