Where did October go? Seriously, how can it be 2 months until the end of the year already?
With the holidays quickly approaching, I want to help you get organized with a FREE Gift Tracker, Card Tracker and a Gift Guide so you can be more like Buddy the Elf than The Grinch.
If you’ve already got your shopping finished, gifts wrapped and cards signed, sealed and stamped, then we all bow down to you. But if you don’t (who else is with me?) then let’s try to mitigate the stress, rushed feelings and grumpiness at feeling “behind” (is that just me?) Before we get to Gift Guide Part 1 for the paper-obsessed, let’s talk about eliminating what doesn’t work for you.
Did you know that I don’t send out holiday cards? Does that surprise you? I may be the ultimate card lovin’ woman, but I’ve completely crossed that expectation from the holiday to-do list because it doesn’t make me feel happy and instead contributes to the feeling of obligation more than want to. Instead, my tradition is to send out New Year’s cards and it makes me so much happier and way less stressed. Which is how we’re supposed to feel during the holidays, right?
I encourage you to remove anything that doesn’t feel right to you or that doesn’t make you happy. Maybe it’s baking all. the. cookies from scratch, or hand making your wrapping paper, gift tags and holiday cards, or hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your house and declining all offers from your guests to bring dishes. Why do we put these expectations on ourselves to do everything without help? Now, if baking cookies from scratch is an activity you genuinely enjoy because getting in the baking zone helps you relieve stress and/or is genuinely fun, then don’t stop. What I’m saying is that you do holidays the way you want and that works for you.
So, in order to help you focus more on the holiday spirit and spreading holiday cheer, I’ve got you covered with the gift guide below AND Gift Tracker & Card Tracker in our Resource Library. The library is where you’ll find fun and helpful printables, created in gratitude for being a part of the PbP community. For those of you not on the list, you can join us here. Seriously, what are you waiting for – they’re FREE!
I know, it can feel overwhelming to keep track of all the presents you have to get for every. single. person. you. know. To help lessen gift overwhelm, start by ordering your gifts from our guide and getting your shopping list organized with our Gift Tracker.
And if, unlike me, you love sending out holiday cards, use our handy Card Tracker, which is organized by month so you can use it all year round. The last page has extra blank boxes for months like December, when you’ll probably need extra space.
Gift Guide Part 1
For Your Paper-Obsessed Friend, Sister, Wife, Who Hoards Paper Products & Stalks the Office Product Aisles
Here are my top 10 picks for the paper-obsessed person in your life.
2. For the gold / foil lover: The Desk Notes Notepad from Smitten on Paper is the most stylish way to elevate ordinary tasks. This was included in the December 2016 Stationery box – there’s one left for single purchase.
3. For the card / letter writer: This gorgeous foil stamped folder from Moglea holds your stationery. I would use it to organize my notes too.
4. For the notetaker / doodler: Russell + Hazel makes it easy to capture notes or doodles (also available in neutral). I have this blush one on my desk for easy note taking access along with their acrylic desk tray.
5. For the everything in its place person: This paper stand from ban.do is such a cute way to keep your favorite paper products organized and on display (available in other colors).
6. For the snail mail enthusiast: Kate Spade provides this fabulous way to keep your favorite snail mail on hand or to hold outgoing mail.
7. For the goal digger: This giant to-do and future plans notepad from Thimblepress has lots of room for your tasks, future ideas, to-dos, etc.
9. For the fashionista: May Designs makes these leather folios (in a mini option too) in beautiful patterns and styles. Here’s a vegan alternative. I own both the leather and non-leather versions and love them equally.
10. For everyone: I’d be crazy not to include the PbP bi-monthly Curated Card Collection OR quarterly Stationery Box. Either (or both) make fabulous gifts. We have gift subscriptions for our regular and our mini card collections. You can also purchase SINGLE collections (no subscriptions) to gift as well. All you have to do is add the recipient’s address in the Send To address and in the Notes To Seller you can give us a personalized message.
I’d also be crazy not to include our Planner Pop-Up Shop too. We have limited quantities of 5 gorgeous planners available.
PS. We’ll be back next week with another Gift Guide Part 2 for children and men.
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