It's time to start thinking about your holiday gift crafting plans! We know it's July, the temperature has been pretty consistently in the 90's here in Kentucky. Just about the last thing we want to think about is the holidays. Trust us though, if you start planning your handmade holiday gifts now, you'll be a much more sane and happy person come December.
We aren't saying you need to start knitting Christmas stockings immediately, but now would be an excellent time to sit down and plan what exactly you want to make this holiday season. To help you out we created a Christmas Gift Crafting Worksheet that you can download as a PDF to fill out and help you stay organized. Click here to get your worksheet!
The planner has a spot for listing all of the gifts that you would make in a perfect world, and then all the gifts that you "must do," because we know that we'd like to make all the things, but time doesn't always allow for that.
There is also a spot to list all of the materials you need for each project. You can check off what is already in your stash and what you will need to buy in addition to stash.
Next we suggest listing all the projects you're going to make and giving a good guesstimate of how long each one will take you. After you do this, go through and assign a goal date to finish each project by.
Then there is a little tracker where you can mark where you start each project and the date you finish by, to see how far of your time estimates were. Also to keep track and make sure you don't fall behind!
We know you probably aren't in the holiday mood yet, but give this worksheet a try if you've ever felt under the wire for gift crafting. Seeing all of your plans on paper might just motivate you to get a jump start, so on December 24th you can kick your feet up with a nice mug of hot cocoa instead of staying up all night trying to finish that last gift. The act of writing things down helps you remember things, so even if you don't use and reference the worksheet throughout the rest of the year, it's still a good exercise.
This has been your friendly PSA, you may go back to your regularly scheduled summer activities of swimming, beach visiting, and ice cream eating now.