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Hey everyone! Today I would like to start what will be a couple of months of fun posts regarding the holidays & all it has to offer. I have some great ideas & giveaways lined to help you get in the spirit! I also want to share many amazing deals that I have been making a list of for a couple of weeks now. I will let you know what all is going on sale wise in the top bar under Sales, so click HERE for that! Also, I have made a section in bar above for Great Gifts Under $50, so just click on HERE to shop those.

I know many people out there don’t like to shop, but that’s what I’m here for. I LOVE TO SHOP. It’s like my passion. I want my blog to be somewhere you can come & be inspired by ideas or items that I’m obsessed with.

But today’s post is all about WHERE TO START. Holiday shopping can be a daunting task. In one word: OVERWHELMING.  I honestly think I could spend an entire year looking for the perfect gift for certain people ;) I’m here to help! My email is at the bottom of this post if you have any questions.

Here are my tips for starting your shopping before even setting foot in a store (or online store):

1. Grab the cute Holiday Organization chart below & start listing out all of the people you are going to buy for

*don’t forget teachers, kids’ teachers, bosses

2. Then start to combine the list into sections that you could purchase similar items for (make notes)

*for example: the new “41: A Portrait of my Father” book by George W. Bush would work for my dad, either of my grandpas, or my uncle

3. After you are confident you have a well-compiled list, start writing approximate amounts you would like to spend for each

*this helps majorly, because most stores (at least online) will have a place to choose how much you want to spend & the site will only show you those gifts; also important is to factor in tax/no tax/shipping/no shipping here!; REMEMBER: there are cut off dates for shipping, so in the printable I have included if the gift needs to be shipped or not (ALSO remember gift wrap)

4. Roughly make a small list for each person that would like to get him or her

*this doesn’t have to be specific…I’ll explain in #5

5. Here, start heading to websites/circulars and checking out the best days to shop 

*this will most likely even give you some ideas that you might have not had in #4; ALSO before you throw away that junk mail, be looking through it for special deals & coupons

GOOD NEWS: I have made two adorable printables for you today that you can print to help you out with getting organized! Feel free to print as many as you want or even list them up on your blog (just link back to me ;)).

**The first one is a Store Sales Chart that you can fill in as you find specials**

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Download HERE —> Store Sales PDF

**The second is a Get Organized Holiday Shopping List**

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Download HERE —> Holiday Organization PDF

I will be back with more information on specific sales as they come up (Ahem…black friday & cyber monday!). Have a great Sunday everyone & let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at <3

Thank you so much for reading & following!