Yes, even Christmas morning.
Putting one or two small things in place now, will ensure a little method to the paper unwrapping madness come Christmas day, especially if you stayed up too late wrapping gifts and drinking Santa’s special eggnog.
Make a list, check it twice:
Have a notepad and a fine-tipped Sharpie under the tree. Assign a scribe so you can keep track of gifts and their givers. This will help ensure that your thank you notes make it to the right generous giver.
Gift card shuffle:
In this age of gift cards, we’re seeing more and more under the tree. Consider writing the receiver’s name on the card to alleviate confusion. Our lucky boys receive gift cards for birthdays, Christmas, graduations and as thank yous. We write their name on the card and make sure they keep track of it like cash.
When working with clients, we frequently unearth missing gift cards. Consider storing all your gift cards in one safe but accessible place.
Paper and ribbons and bows, oh my:
I have one bag of bows that I use year after year within our family. In the age of green it seems wasteful and environmentally unsound to use them once and toss them. I collect and store them in the same bag each year, pulling them out at Christmas to be used once again. After we unwrap our gifts, the bows go back in the bag. You can also make the ‘bow’ part of the gift. Top with a small candy and ribbon, a Christmas Cracker or other small, useable item.
Reduce, reuse, recycle:
Most communities recycle any non-foil gift wrap; set aside gift bags for use next year. Our tissue paper goes into a bag for wrapping and storing ornaments when the tree comes down.
Expecting to unwrap gifts in need of batteries? Have batteries and a small screwdriver on hand, along with a pair of small scissors to remove stubborn packaging. (Be sure to keep these out of reach if you have small children).
Christmas Morning Toolbox:
- Camera with fully charged batteries and the memory chip
- Extra batteries and a screwdriver for toys
- A storage bag for bows and gift bags
- Your sense of humor/humour
Wishing you a peaceful and organized Christmas morning.