Advice to myself for next year:
- Start earlier with a plan and stick to it!
- Husband and I have agreed to one big present for each child, it might be something we suggest family go in on but it will be one toy item that they can get excited about.
- All other items should be stocking stuffers or family presents. I had the idea to pack one box with family style gifts that could include board games, movies, family calendar from Shutterfly, etc.
This year we did plan early and made Peppermint bark and Apple Cinnamon Jelly for our extended family. It was an awesome way to quickly pack a box and ship to family who are not local. The part that put me way behind was photos. I love to pack and send out photos to my Texas family but it takes some serious planning to make sure every family gets the right photos, one of each child, etc. I spent extra time scanning photos and ordering them from Shutterfly. It was disappointing when the wallets never even showed up - still need to call Shuttefly about that. If I can plan this part earlier then I can ship earlier and avoid the more expensive fees that happened this year from shipping right on the deadline!