I have become a running joke in my family when it comes to Christmas presents. But in my defense, parents are really hard to buy for. My dad wants expensive things like boat parts or guns, and I never know whether my mom will actually use whatever I get her. (She has a bad track record– kitchen gadgets still in the box and candles unburned. Ha!)
Now that I have made all my excuses, let me tell you what I did. You know those personalized cake pans that are ideal for taking to a potluck? They are awesome and I love the one I was given as a gift. So I decided to get my mom one for Christmas. Good job, Ashley. But I didn’t keep records of my Christmas purchases that year, so a couple of years later, I got her another cake pan. Party foul!
But I won’t make that mistake again since I have vowed to track my Christmas purchases until I die. I thought I’d share my tracking spreadsheet to keep you from making my mistake.
Also, for the people in your life who are hard to get for, don’t be ashamed to buy gift cards. I’ve decided to use the golden rule for this one. I love getting gift cards so I can buy what I want, rather than what someone thinks I want. Really, who doesn’t love an Amazon gift card?