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How to plan your Christmas Gifts!!!! Blog Tour: poppyseeds!

Hey Guys!

I was invited to be part of a Christmas Blog tour by BetsyJane from poppyseeds! If you haven’t seen her blog before then you should check it out now before you do anything else!

(Funny story: I thought I was following her before she asked me to do the tour with her blog and when I realized I was not I freaked out and hit follow right away. Sorry about that Betsy! I have done that before and I hate myself for it.)


Thanks a ton for thinking of me girl!

Here is the schedule:

(where you can check on everyone’s blogs for fun posts!) (*wink*)

Monday, December 5: DIY project or gift ideas- Rebekah

Tuesday, December 6: DIY project or gift ideas- Corrie

Wednesday, December 7: short story- AnnaKate

Thursday, December 8: Betsy @poppyseeds

Friday, December 9: craft project- Diamond

Saturday, December 10: family Christmas traditions- Jennifer

Now on to the post!

Before I get into the meat of today’s post I need to talk about the most important reason of the season.

Jesus Christ!

It is His birth we celebrate and because of Him we even have a hope for a better tomorrow.

I am not a big fan of the Christmas holiday in general. I don’t mind if people decorate but I don’t like Santa or Christmas trees that much. I do love seeing holiday lights.

Probably my favorite part of the season other than celebrating Christ’s birth is coming up with presents for my friends and family (EVEN THOUGH IT’S A PAIN IN THE BUTT AND TAKES SO MUCH DARN TIME!!!)

So for this post I’m going to share with you what I do to get ready for presents and how I keep myself sane thought this season.

1st: NEVER wait till the last minuet!

If you do then you are hurried, stressed, and the presents don’t mean as much since you did not have as much time to think about them. I am a huge stressor. I stress about the most ridiculous things and when it comes to actual stress😬… Basically: “Look out world, here comes Corrie!” (no one wants to see that. I promise you.)

2nd: Decide who you want to give presents to.

You may be thinking: I want to shower everyone with presents! What do you mean?!?!

I mean, some people you don’t talk to a lot. Some adults would rater have a card, ect…

Also, decide who you want to buy presents for and who you want to make things for.

I use a chart to help me get all my ideas straight.

3rd: Make a present chart!

Seriously! You guys have no idea how helpful this is!

I use a word document and made my own little chart with everyone’s names, their hobbies, fave colors, fave animals, ideas, ect…

Here is what it looks like:

Kinda blurry, I’m sorry about that.

Basically, I put their name, then I input their favorite color, their fave animal, stuff they like and things they like to do, ideas I have and then in the last column I add what I finally decided upon so I have that as records and I don’t repeat the thing the next year. Sometimes the finished product is something I did not even mention on the chart.

I blanked out their names for privacy and Sawyer’s I kept since lots of you know her. (though that don’t mean you know what I’m making you Sawyer. I have not decided yet, don’t look to the chart for hints)

4th: Get your ideas down as soon as possible!

If you get the info and your ideas together a few months in advance then it helps immensely. You can go about your life and work on the presents as you go since you already have your ideas down.

And be sneaky about getting info from your friends. It makes the present gathering more fun.

5th: Don’t worry about going all out.

Sometimes the smallest things mean the most. A little card and something handmade means a lot to your friends.

Adults are easy since they love hand made cards and they usually have everything they want. If you want to make something small, like a homemade ornament, that is nice too.

Siblings can be harder than your friends. They don’t need cards, they know you love them and wish them a Merry Christmas. Candy, homemade trinkets, ect, those are good ideas for siblings.

Most of my Christmas presents are crochet items. I love crocheting and it’s really easy to find things to do that friends would love.

Maybe you are really good at art, writing, crafts, baking, ect…

Use your talent to write your friends a poem, bake them cookies, paint them a picture, whatever would make them smile. Whatever you decide to do they will love.

Theme what you make around their favorite movie, book, color, animal, ect…

6th: Pace yourself, but don’t slack.

Once you have your ideas down definite, not rush to get everything done in one week. Pace yourself. Work on one set of friends one week, family the next, and plan a day for shopping if what you need is going to be bought. Use a week to gather the presents together and package them.

Put the cards you will send out in an envelope. Post them.

7th: Can’t wait to show your friends what you made them but you also don’t want to spoil the surprise?

Show your siblings, your other friends, take pictures of them and make a folder of presents. It’s better to wait for them to get their presents. But if you can’t wait then show it to another friend who can be trusted to keep a secret.

8th: Enjoy yourself!

If this is going to make you stressed and miserable then don’t do it! What fun is giving like Christ gave for us if you are hating every step you take? Do little bits at a time. And if you are late on presents then just tell your friends what happened. They won’t be mad at you and they will be more excited when you finally give them their presents.

Have fun! Make memories!

That’s all for this post!

Don’t forget to go look at AnnaKate’s blog for her short story tomorrow!

Thanks Betsy for thinking of me! And thank you for reading this! What do you usually do to get ready for present making? Do you make presents by hand or do you buy them? Did this post help give you any ideas or planning tips?


Published by Corrie.S.P.

The story of Corrie is a strange and fantastic tale told over many generations. It mostly consists of Scripture, books, friends, and fun. But, it has been known to include crochet, cooking, baking, drawing, and organization. Corrie, is a strange beast and likes to dwell in shadows observing life and reading mysteries. She plays with animals and has a few close friends. Jesus Christ died for her sins and she will willingly talk to anyone about the Scriptures. If you wish to seek her friendship you must be honest, friendly, true, faithful, charitable, compassionate, and kind. No ordinary person can win the trust of the Corrie. Explore a little bit of her mind on her blogs, she enjoys getting comments on her posts. It means a lot to her. It means that someone took the time to pay attention and read her post and that is an awesome thing! And remember, tread carefully, for Corrie is always watching.

19 thoughts on “How to plan your Christmas Gifts!!!! Blog Tour: poppyseeds!

  1. Great post, Corrie! (no worries, I’ve done the same thing before lol. I’m not offended in the least 😁👍🏼) I love Christmas, but mostly because Jesus was born, and the whole world stops on December 25 to celebrate! (Obviously not everyone loves Him, sadly, but they still stop on His birthday!) Thanks for being a part of the blog tour!! I start making a list of people I’m giving gifts to and what I’m getting in like August lol. It is SO HARD to keep stuff a secret- especially if I know that the person is absolutely going to LOVE their present!! Those are great tips to keep in mind.


    1. Thank you!
      I’m a little confused on what you are not offended about🤔 (look at me, forgetting my own post😅😔) 🤣
      I do love the time of year! Wither the world knows it or not Christmas is Christ’s just like any other day!
      You’re Welcome! Thanks for thinking of me! And now you have got me in the Christmas Collab spirit! I am doing another one next Monday.
      You started earlier than me! I started the end of October/ the beginning of November.
      I bet everyone is gonna love what you give them!
      Secrets are meant to be shared, just not with the person they are about.😉

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      1. About following me after I asked about the blog tour. 😸

        Exactly! Lol now I’m even MORE excited for Christmas, if that’s even possible. Lol good point, it’s just hard not to share secrets with everyone sometimes XD


  2. (My computer seemed to glitch, so I don’t know if the first comment went through. *glares at technology* If it did, feel free to delete this comment. 😉
    Oooo this was a FANTASTIC post, Corrie!!!! I love the idea of making a chart for gifts! I am DEFINITELY going to have to try that next year because I am the most unorganized person on planet earth, and that will help a lot!! Also, I totally second not waiting until the last minute. I have done that every year, and it makes that week before Christmas extremely stressful and chaotic. This year, I went ahead and got my gifts together near the end of November which has helped a LOT. I also LOVED you putting in a reminder of the reason for the season!! Jesus Christ is the reason we celebrate the holiday because of God’s gift of love for us!!!! LOVED this post, sister!!!!


    1. It did go to spam at first, but no worries. Half my comments never send on TWN! I always resend my comments and sometimes I have to resend them three times. I push through to have them show up though. It probably happened since you have not commented on my site i a while. It tends to to that sometimes.
      Thanks so much! And tanks for reading! Do you follow any of the other blogs on the tour? They are really neat if you don’t know already.
      The chart helps me so much! I can send you the word doc I use through email if you want so you can have it.
      Go you! Jumping the gun!! Hopefully this year you have no stress and a great time!
      He is! I want to enjoy Christmas and have fun with the holiday but if we forget the reason it’s a holiday in the first place why bother?
      Thanks for reading! It means a lot!😍😋

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      1. Phew, glad you found it then!! Ah I’m sorry to hear that! These comments things can be super tricky!
        You’re welcome!!! It was my pleasure!!! Hmm let’s see! Ooo I do actually!!! Two of them!!! I follow Books & Hooks and then Diamond is one of my awesome friends so I follow her too. (And of course I follow this site. XD)
        Ooo I would love that!!! Thank you!!!
        Aw, girl, you are SO welcome!! <33


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