Hi everyone! I can’t believe I just typed the word “Christmas” – it feels like yesterday was summertime & I was splashing in the waves. Now it’s full blown autumn – wow- time truly flies!
If you are are crazy as I am, you’ve probably started thinking about Christmas – the second it drops below 70 degrees in September, I’m in full blown Christmas mode! The time between November 1st and Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. In a normal year, without Covid, my family hosts Marines from the local base for Thanksgiving (this is one of my favorite things ever) & we have so much fun celebrating the holidays.
Christmas and the whole holiday season will look a little bit different this year, but what won’t change is Christmas gifts – I love buying gifts for my loved ones and seeing their face when they open it! So rewarding! I also love asking for gifts, and I spend months thinking about what I want! So now, without further ado, I’m going to share my tips for creating the perfect Christmas wishlist!
My family has a gift system in our house – years ago when my siblings and I were much younger, we didn’t really have any structure to our Christmas wishlists, and we would end up with lots of smaller gifts that we didn’t necessarily need or want. My mom had a wonderful idea a few years ago to implement the system of:
WANT | NEED | WEAR | READ
Basically, you ask for a bigger gift (or 2) in each of the 4 categories, and then you are really thinking about what you want and why you want it.
For example, last year, these were my gifts:
Want: I honestly cannot remember what I asked for last year in the want category 🙈 if I can remember, I will definitely put it in here!
Need: a lululemon snow parka for a trip I took to Georgetown
Wear: lululemon leggings & pajamas
Read: a book full of inspirational short stories & quotes
Santa brought me a fuzzy Patagonia vest, and some other goodies in my stocking!
At first, I didn’t like my Mom’s idea, but now I think it’s probably the smartest way you could approach Christmas gifts – Mom knows best!
So, I wanted to share how you can use this system in your family, and how I like to come up with what I’m asking for!
This could be a broad category, because technically you could “want” anything. I like to think of things I’ve wanted for a while – not just a spur of the moment decision that I’ll regret later. This could include a piece of jewelry, a piece of clothing, technology, or really anything that tickles your fancy.
This category is a little bit easier, because you know what you really need. I took a trip to Washington DC last year, and it was freezing. I don’t live in a cold area, so I needed a warm jacket. I asked for a Lululemon snow parka, and it’s so warm, soft & comfy!
This category cover clothing specifically, so I like to think of pieces that I’ve been eyeing or I know I’d get use out of. Last year, I asked for lululemon align leggings in the color “moss rose”, and some striped pajamas – who doesn’t love getting new jammies!
I’m not an avid reader, but getting some sort of book is always good to change it up a bit. In the past, I’ve gotten a subscription to Vogue, Whiskey in A Teacup, and other books. Last year, I got a book called “That’s What She Said”, full of quotes and live lessons from influential women.
I hope this guide helps you come up with your wishlist! I would honestly recommend using this method – it’s helps organize your thoughts and teach you what is really important during the holidays – not asking for a bunch of useless things, but being smart and also giving back to others. Let me know if you use my method, and tag me on Instagram so I can see!