Your table setting is gorgeous!! Congratulations on a Thanksgiving VERY well done. I'm so impressed and also thrilled you got to use your china.
The big news in our house is that Nick and I just finished our holiday shopping. Yup, that's right. No last minute stressin' over here! It feels great and was actually easy and fun. Almost my entire family has a birthday in November, December, or January, so these times can be a little hectic in terms of gift giving. But I've got it down to a science!
This year, we didn't just budget on the spreadsheet...we also budgeted via mint.com! That's right, Deweese, Nick and I took your advice and recently signed up. It's awesome! Thanks for pointing us to this site. (Readers: learn more about mint right here).
Feeling organized, we pulled out the credit card. Without giving anything away, we did a lot of shopping online. Earlier this year, Nick and I signed up for Amazon Prime (aka that thing where you pay $80/year for free Amazon shipping on Prime products...which ends up being most products we want to buy). The "free" shipping allows us to buy gifts when it's convenient without always worrying about combining everything under one shipment or waiting for free shipping deals. I also had many things shipped directly to our parents' houses.
Finally, wrapping! I know some people find wrapping silly...but the minor crafter in me LOVES it. I seriously look forward to the one night a year where I watch a holiday movie, pull out all the wrapping, sit on the floor and wrap all the presents. I can't explain why I love this so much but I do.
One trick that works for me is to wrap things in boxes and without any bows. This allows me to wrap ahead of time and pack them by stacking them together. The boxes look fresh under the tree no matter how long they had to travel to get there! Here's an example of what I did in a previous year:
Simple, packable, and finished upon arrival. No tissue paper to fluff up or bow to retie.
So, what are your gift giving tricks? Also, click the link to read about Deweese's oh-so inspiring small business holiday pledge last year!
PS: Mint or Amazon Prime did not sponsor this post or any post on 75th + Sedgwick! I just actually really like these tools. And when you really like them, it can be hard to not sound like a commercial!