If you’ve managed to stay on top of everything this year, then some hearty congratulations are in order. One could say you’re a superhero and primed to join forces with the Avengers. For the rest of us, though, 2020 has been a year of disorganization, anxiety, and general chaos — if not tragedy. Chances are, you’re still a bit behind on Christmas holiday shopping — and that goes double for anyone who’s a procrastinator, even in the best of times.
The good news here is that digital marketplaces and online purchases, with fast delivery, are your friend. They make it easier than ever for even the worst procrastinators to still get everything done in time.
But you need to hurry! The final days before Christmas are waning, and it’s high time to jump on the top options before it really is too late. If you’re among the many world-class procrastinators out there, consider these last-minute Christmas prep tips to still pull off a great holiday for you and your loved ones.
1. Quick Gifts
If you get a move on now, you can still buy gifts that will arrive in time to wrap and place under the tree before Christmas morning. Those shipping date projections can make things a bit nerve-wracking, though, if you end up cutting it too close. This is why subscription options work so well.
For the in-laws or anyone else you may have forgotten, think about a wine of the month club, recurring food, and drink box subscription, or a few months free of a service like Audible. This way, even with nothing under the tree, your recipient will get something great in their mailbox on schedule.
2. Season’s Greetings
When it comes to mailing Christmas cards, you really do need to get a move on. Time is running out — but it’s not too late yet! Fortunately, everything is so easy these days when it comes to design and printing. It just takes picking a style you like from the countless offers available, uploading a few photos, and adding a personalized note. So it can still be done, and the best route is to go with simple — but impactful — photo Christmas cards that will arrive on time. Or, if you think you missed the window, send out a New Year’s card instead!
3. The Right Décor
Decorating for Christmas is something of a double-edged sword. While it can be fun and the end result is always pretty, hanging lights and decorating throughout the house can be quite challenging if you go all out. Nobody can fault you if you’re still behind. But have no fear: local retailers surely have some nice fare to hang up around your home. Or, better yet, you may not even have to go out and buy anything. Make a whole day of it with the family and try taking on some DIY projects that may only require materials you already have around the house.
The Procrastinator’s Motto: Better Late than Never
Whether we’re talking about finishing homework, a big project at the office, or Christmas preparations, there’s a good saying to keep in mind: better late than never.
Of course, it would be great if everything were already done. But that’s just not how a true procrastinator lives. Don’t run from it. Instead, embrace it this holiday season to pull off an oh-so excellent Christmas. From gifts like subscription boxes to photo holiday card send-outs to last-minute decorations, you can make it work — if you move now.
Honestly, though, what are you waiting for? Get off the couch, put away your smartphone, and start making these final plans so you can be the one who saves Christmas this year.