#10 – Create a gift budget and track your spending to avoid January credit card blues. Discuss with all pertinent family members!
#9 – Make a gift list and check it twice. It will help keep you on track with #10. (Lists aren’t just for jolly, old men in red suits!)
#8 – Shop Local First! Give an experience gift to create a lifetime memory. (Check out the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce directory for inspiration.)
#7 – Hire a cleaning service for a one-time holiday spruce up!
#6 – Donate holiday decorations that you no longer need, use, or love. You’ll make someone else’s home a bit brighter.
#5 – Set-up a wrapping zone, complete with all necessary supplies!
#4 – Update your calendar with school functions, religious functions, fun local activities, and not-to-be-missed adventures.
#3 – Grab some cash and tip envelopes and gift away to your favorite caregivers, hair stylists, dog walkers, etc. Where would you be without these year-round helpers?
#2 – Plan a date night in! Less stress, PJ attire permitted!
#1 – Leave perfection behind! Freshly baked ready-to-bake cookies can be delicious too. Not everything or everyone needs to be perfect.