It’s 2023 baby! Happy New Year!
If you’re like most people right now, you’re goal setting, planning, and dreaming! It’s one of our favorite times of the year. If one of your goals is getting better about remembering birthdays, anniversaries, and other big days, we’d like to help! We’re experts at personal and corporate gifting and we’re planning for the year ahead. We invite you to join us in making a 2023 gifting plan!
The first step is to buy a calendar or commit to using an online calendar, like Google. Next, get all your dates in there.
- Valentine’s Day: Tuesday, February 14
- Mother’s Day: Sunday, May 14
- Father’s Day: Sunday, June 18
- Teacher Appreciation Day: Tuesday, May 2
- Employee Appreciation Day: Friday, March 3
- Graduation: May-June
- Boss’s Day: Monday, October 16
- Christmas: Monday, December 25
Also, be sure to add any personal occasions!
- Work Anniversaries (for corporate gifts)
But, having them in a calendar isn’t always good enough. I can’t tell you how many times a birthday has crept up on us because we didn’t see the calendar entry until the day before! One thing that can help is to set up “order by” reminders. For example, to prepare for Mother’s Day (May 14th), you could put a reminder in your calendar to order your Mother’s Day gift on May 1st. That way you’re not rushing to get a gift at the last second. You can also schedule things like flower deliveries weeks in advance so it’s not hanging over your head!
Another helpful tip is to keep a log of all your gift ideas. This can be as simple as a note in your notes app, or you can create a task in your favorite task manager (our go to is Click Up). If you keep track of ideas throughout the year, your shopping list is much easier when it’s time to buy!
For holidays like Christmas, where you’re purchasing for more than one person, be sure to list all the people you are purchasing for. You can do this in a task manager, in your Google Calendar description or go old-school with paper and a pen. The point here is that you don’t want to forget your favorite uncle due to poor planning.
Lastly, be sure to include your personal and corporate gifts into your monthly budget. This may mean allocating part of your September, October, and November budgets to the upcoming Christmas holidays. Other events might not need as much preparation. But either way, make sure to account for the financial impact of gifting.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry says “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” With the tips above, you have a strong plan and are ready to crush your personal and corporate gift goals!
In the past, have you kept up with your personal and corporate gifting? If so, share with us any tips you have!
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