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Preparing for Christmas Shopping: My Gift List Template

Preparing for Christmas Shopping

For the first time since I gave birth in 2012 and started working from home full-time, I’m finally having a taste of the lovely thing called “Christmas Bonus” again.

I don't really need to include this picture...

I don’t really need to include this picture… Wala lang!

Which only means one thing. Time to start Christmas shopping!

First things first, gift exchanges!

For people like me who interact with people on a regular basis remotely (read: through Facebook chat), gift exchanges can be a bit challenging. You can’t do the regular drawing of lots since your friends are not exactly physically present. For years now, I’ve used online Secret Santa services that are really easy to use. Just add your friends’ names and email addresses and the website will draw names for you.

This year, I discovered Elfster and am loving it. It’s really neat and you’re able to add your wishlist easily. Also, you can post and comment on each other’s posts and wishes anonymously.

Two gift exchanges I'm joining this year need to be done online

Two gift exchanges I’m joining this year need to be done online

How to budget by keeping a Christmas list

I can’t function without a proper list, be it physical or digital. For holiday gifting, I usually just use a list app on mobile to list my gift recipients, gift ideas, and gift recipients. However, I’ve never encountered yet an app that lets me plan for the gifts financially. Sure, they allow me to input how much budget I have for each gift, but I need something that lets me input my entire gifting budget, the exact amount I spent on each gift, and how much cash I have left after the online shopping storm.

So this year, I looked for a good (and pretty) gift list Excel template, downloaded it, and tweaked it to suit my needs. Here’s what I came up with:

Christmas Gift List Excel Template

(I also added a column, “Delivered,” since 95% of my gifts are ordered online)

I added a general gifting budget, specific budget for each person, how much money I spent on each gift, and how much I spent in all.

I’m feeling generous tonight so feel free to download my template here: Christmas Gift List Template

So far, I’ve already bought one gift for my gift exchange with my friends this weekend a little bit of shopping for myself. How are you doing with your Christmas shopping?

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  • Reply cheekeegirl December 9, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Merry Christmas Maan!

    • Reply Maan December 10, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Merry Christmas! :*

  • Reply edelweiza December 9, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    True. Having a budget is a must during Christmas shopping, and every shopping trip for that matter. Happy holidays, Maan! 🙂

  • Reply Kim @ Mom On Duty December 10, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I need to level up my Christmas list! Mine is just a piece of paper with a list of names. LOL! I should’ve made one in an Excel sheet too so I can track my budget.

  • Reply Mhaan Arambulo-Delos Santos December 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    We also started our Christmas shopping last week and we still have a long way to go to complete the checklist. Samin naman, hubby do the budgeting hehehe

  • Reply Maria Teresa Figuerres December 11, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I’m afraid I haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet. Unlike you, this is the first time in 22 years that I’ve been working that I won’t be receiving any Christmas bonus. That’s because I took time off from work and is currently a full-time mom and house manager. I plan to work again in 2016, hopefully with a job that I really enjoy doing and with a considerate and supportive employer.

  • Reply Lady Anne Louise Barrun December 13, 2015 at 2:45 am

    I am almost done with the Christmas shopping. I’m happy that my husband agree with me though minsan sumosobra kami sa budget/target. Merry Christmas 🙂

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