Thank you for sharing!I use Google Sheets. I like using the computer at home and accessing the information from my phone while out shopping. Each person gets two columns: One for the gift and one for the cost. Gift ideas are listed. If the item is bought, then I put down the price. I have the price column set up to calculate the total cost spent as prices are entered.
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When the gift is wrapped, it gets colored green. When I order something online, the cost gets put down and then I color code it yellow. It stays yellow until it arrives and then it goes to white again. Now, if it's getting close to Christmas, say December 6th, and I still have things to wrap and/or an order is overdue, it gets color coded red. These are visual cues for me that I need to pay attention especially after Dec. 6th.
For instance, if I'm gifting several people with bags of coffee and one person can only drink decaf coffee, I should document whose coffee I bought. If I don't do that after my shopping trips or as I'm wrapping, then I end up unwrapping gifts later to make sure I bought the correct gifts.
If it makes you feel better, my wrapped gifts get messed up as everything is piled on top of one another to fit into a bag or a box.I might be able to put things in boxes but I am always afraid that the wrappings will get messed up as I have no dedicated place to store things.
Wondering if you two can meet half way for a lunch and exchange gifts that way. I don't know what the cost of posting verses driving would cost where you are.Next year I will do something different for him so that I will not be posting so much.
Mary, this is a good thought. DS is living about a 12 hour drive from us, I could see where half way is and maybe meet him there.Wondering if you two can meet half way for a lunch and exchange gifts that way. I don't know what the cost of posting verses driving would cost where you are.