Ease your Holiday Frustration by Thinking Ahead

Stack of presents. Illustration from unvelope.com

There is an ice cream truck called “Christmas in July” that roams my neighborhood and has an unfortunate habit of parking itself somewhere outside my window with its music on. If there’s one thing I don’t need, it’s the sound of a mechanical bell playing “Frosty the Snowman” floating into my home office, forcing me to think of winter when I’m not ready to let go of summer.

As annoying as that may be, what bothers me even more is not being able to enjoy the Holiday season (when it comes around) because I’m stressed out. Running between families, coordinating gifts, and remembering correspondence all in that last month is not my preferred scenario; I’d rather relax and enjoy the company of people I don’t see very often. I’m sure this isn’t news to anyone, but I also bet that despite your intentions, many of you often find yourselves in the aforementioned frenzy. Well, we’re here to help. As much as I hate—and I’m sure you can relate—thinking of the holidays when the school year has barely started, a bit of occasional forethought can ensure a calmer season.

Tips for Finishing Holiday Errands Early

You don’t have to take the time now to make a big list, set aside a few shopping days, and actively get it all done—though if that floats your boat, no one will stop you! For the rest of us who just can’t stomach that idea, we can accomplish the same thing over the next few months just by being mindful of the people in our lives on a day-to-day basis.

Take notes. Just about everyone nowadays has a smartphone, and even if you’ve got a no-frills flip phone, I bet it still has a simple note-taking function. Pay attention to hints unintentionally dropped by the people in your life, and save the thought on your phone right in the moment. Now, when the holidays are not so exclusively occupying people’s minds, you may actually get a better clue as to what someone actually wants or needs. In our always-connected society, no one will think twice if you take out your phone and start pressing buttons—even if you’re sitting right in front of the subject of your note.

Start collecting. If you’re out shopping and you see something you simply adore but can’t justify owning, pick it up for someone else and stow it away. The same applies, of course, if you happen to see something that makes you think of a friend or family member. If you can’t make the purchase right then, snap a photo with your phone and add it to your notes.

Schedule your greetings. You probably don’t want to deal with mailing a million cards, and do you really want to be part of a paper pile on someone’s kitchen counter anyway? Here, we’ve definitely got your back. Browse eco-friendly Unvelope.com for truly extraordinary sophisticated e-cards. We’ve got cards for Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, New Years, and more. With an extremely economical membership, you can schedule the cards as early as you’d like—today even—and they’ll be sent on the day of your choice. You can even “gift it and go green!” Give an Unvelope membership as a gift.

Follow our advice, and when your mall starts hanging wreaths before Halloween and everyone is grumbling about how they don’t want to start thinking about the holidays, you’ll have given yourself the best present of all — time to enjoy the holidays!

 

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