Ready or not, the holiday season has already begun! Retail stores and ecommerce sites are already getting their holiday ducks in a row—or should we say stockings? You too can begin your annual holiday prep early this year.

Holiday decor and gift giving seems to roll out earlier and earlier each year. Although it can feel like getting steamrolled by commercialism, getting ready for the holidays early can help you feel more prepared and relaxed so you can actually enjoy the holiday season when it’s finally time to sit around the fireside with family and friends.

Here’s a few simple tips to help you prepare for the holidays early so you can better enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

  1. Make a List in Your Phone (And Check It Twice)

Busy parents know that your brain (sorta) lives in your head, and also in your phone. Make a reminder list or note in your phone where you can keep a list of who you need to buy for and what your gift ideas are. You can use your list to check off gifts as you see them on a lightning deal or a gifting guide on Instagram.

Making a list early can also help you plan so you don’t overbuy. If you’re updating your gifting list as you go, chances are you won’t surprise yourself with the gifts you hid under your bed in October.

  1. Make Gifting a Group Project

Time to be real—moms are often the ones who take on the gifting during the holiday season. And although buying gifts for loved ones can be lots of fun, it can also be an emotional load during an already crazy time of year.

Consider sharing the gifting list in your phone with your partner or other aunts, uncles, and grandparents so they can help you be Santa. This can also help with cutting down on gifts your kiddos don’t really need.

Remember this gifting philosophy for kids—something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read. Or maybe it’s a year to totally spoil your kiddos! Either way, offloading some of the gifting duties can help you enjoy the holiday season more. Don't forget to check out Binky Bro toddler snapbacks, toddler beanies, and snowsuits to stay warm this Holiday season. 

  1. Make a Holiday Schedule Now

During the holidays, it’s easy to keep saying yes, yes, yes. It can definitely feel like the season of “more is better.” But keeping simplicity in mind now can help you from getting overscheduled during the holidays.

Keep an updated calendar with each holiday party, cookie exchange, family dinner—every last event. Then, give yourself permission this holiday season to say: no. You won’t regret giving yourself and your family time to reset and enjoy the magic of the holidays together.

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December 13, 2023 — Matthew Fisler