A couple of folks reminded me that I skipped a rather large step in my discussion of Christmas gifts. I mean really, who starts talking about gift ideas before she even makes a list?
guiltily raises hand
Yeah, yeah, yeah. In my defense, I was just so excited to get working this far ahead that I neglected to talk about one of the most important parts of the process. I don’t know about you, but I keep a notebook with me at all times. In addition to jotting down lists of things to pick up from the store and the random outfit sketch, I also keep a running list of gift ideas for others. I have even been known to start that list as early as Dec. 26. (Please, don’t hate me.)
What I’m finding each year is that our holiday gift list is growing. In working on this year’s list, I jotted down L’s Teacher 1 and Teacher 2. I know she will have two teachers at preschool this year and they’re going to need gifts. She also has a ballet teacher and a teacher at gymnastics.
Honey gives something to his assistant each year, so she’s on the list. So is the gentleman who cleans his office, and the nice guy who works in the parking garage. That’s seven people so far — and I haven’t even started with the family members and friends!
I’m on a first-name basis with both the mail carrier and the UPS guy. (Segue du jour: my UPS driver and I are from the same small town in Alabama. We actually graduated from high school a year apart, although neither of us remember the other.) Yep, gotta have a little something for them.
I have a lot of fun with gifts for the teens in my life, mostly because it’s a blast to find something that’s just right for them. They’re another welcome addition and number at four (and counting).
My BFF and circle of friends often present the biggest shopping challenge (four). The bestie basically buys what she wants when she wants it. Of course a handmade gift is the perfect solution for that! (BTW, if she thinks I’m going to write what I’m making her, she is wrong!) The other three are varying degrees of difficult, either because of dissimilar tastes or my occasional tendency to go overboard with a gift.
Seventeen gifts leading into the family stretch:
Siblings/inlaws (14 — not sure if we are exchanging with all of these)
Nieces/nephews (17 — although I’m not sure about all of these)
Other special relatives (5+)
If I’m counting right, that’s potentially more than 60 gifts to make for this year. In fact, I’d have to make something every 2.5 days until Christmas if I want to create a gift for each person on my list. Kinda makes you see why I’m starting so early this year!