Ahhh, summer! The sun is shining well into the evening, the warm breezes are blowing through at night, laundry is drying on the line, and the cold days of winter couldn’t seem further away. With all that in mind, it might seem strange to be thinking about Christmas shopping, especially when there are amusement parks to visit, pools to swim in, and ice cream to eat. But – it’s all those things and more that make summer the ideal time to get a jump start on your holiday planning!
As we all know too well, for all the wonder and merriment the holiday season brings, it can also be an extremely hectic and stressful time. The days are shorter than ever, the weather can make getting around (or even out of the house!) next to impossible, and there are more things to do than most of us can get a grip on. We still have all our usual chores and work to tend to, but added to the list are cooking, baking, gift shopping, shoveling, and more. While you can’t exactly get ahead on some of those things, the shopping is an area where you most certainly can!
Take advantage of the relaxing days ahead by devoting a bit of time to Christmas planning now. Don’t give up a minute of lazily lounging poolside – just take your laptop, smartphone or tablet outside with you and browse around online to get started on your holiday shopping list. Of course, we think our selection of grand Christmas gift baskets is among the best places to start, with options for everyone from your boss to your favorite pet lover! And don’t be afraid to stop at planning your Christmas gifts. You can also start looking for cookie recipes, decorating ideas, party ideas and more. By the time everyone else is in a holiday panic, you’ll have your gifts wrapped or sent, decorations planned or up, and food pantry stocked with all the necessary dinner and baking essentials! Think of it as a gift to yourself.