Birthdays and holidays are a lot of fun, but they can be stressful as well! They involve a lot of planning ahead, especially when it comes to giving the perfect gift. This is why I always include a gift ideas page in my bullet journal.
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I love giving meaningful gifts, but sometimes the pressure of needing to get a gift by a certain time makes it difficult to avoid falling into the trap of getting something less personal. The idea of the gift idea page is simple. Throughout the year, whenever I see something I think one of my close friends or family would love to receive as a gift, I make a note of it, as well as the price and where it can be purchased.
I also write down anything they might mention wanting or needing, or any ideas that just happen into my head. Then, when it is time to give a gift, almost all of the work is already done!
This is a huge time saver during the winter holiday season, and makes shopping a lot of fun, because rather than spending the time searching and wondering and worrying, I can just go down my list and check things off!
As an adjunct to the gift ideas list, I also keep a wish list. This one is important for two reasons. One, because people will always ask “What do you want for your birthday?” and I find that I never am able to have an answer. With the wish list, I am able to provide a few ideas because I note down some things I would truly be happy to receive throughout the year.
This is also useful for the holidays. The second reason a wish list is a good idea is that it can help moderate spending. It is important to treat yourself to something nice every once in a while, but how do you avoid buying things frivolously?
What I do is I write down whatever the item may be in the wish list and come back to it later.
Most of the time, I find that I eventually decide that I do not want or need it anymore. However, those which remain are the ones which tend to be things that will last me a long time, making them good investments.
Essentially, keeping a wish list forces me to closely evaluate my decision before making a purchase.This is a very simple system which I find has a lot of benefits. I set it up as a simple table, and use one box per person/gift idea.
You could also simply keep a blank page and write down ideas in a note taking style, but I find having the table makes the page look more complete, but that is just my personal preference.
Additionally, I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite and most referenced pages in my journal, because it is so much fun to give my loved ones great gifts!