Make A Holiday “Don’t Forget” List

November 23, 2009 by Amy Clark

Holiday time: what not to forget

The last thing I want to do during December is run out to the store for stuff I forgot. Here’s what I keep around the house so that I’m ready for anything!

  • Scissors and tape. Not just for wrapping gifts, but also for temporary repairs or to keep the kids busy with crafts.
  • A stash of homemade gifts. I devote one day to making my signature breads and drink mixes. I add a homemade gift tag and they’re ready to give.
  • Cake and brownie mixes. They’re easy options for unexpected visitors. Plus, who doesn’t like the smell of baked goodies?
  • Easy cleanup supplies. I like to make my own eco-friendly cleansers, but sometimes a single-use wipe comes in handy.
  • Spot remover. The more entertaining we do, the more messes we make. And don’t forget club soda, which works well too.
  • Batteries. We always seem to run out, so I buy LOTS, especially when they’re on sale or I have a coupon.
  • Stick-on mailing labels. I print a stack with our return address, then just seal and stick.
  • A small postal scale. They’re inexpensive and great for gift shipping. I buy postage online and have the shipper pick up packages at our door.
  • Holiday cards. I always seem to run out, so I keep extra cards on hand; when I think I’ve mailed the last card, I think of someone I forgot!

What’s on your list?  How do you stay ready for the unexpected during the holidays?

Amy Clark

Amy Allen Clark has been the driving force behind MomAdvice since 2004. In addition to running a successful community for women and running after her two kids, she has appeared on The Early Show, and in Parents magazine, Redbook, Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, MSN Money and The New York Times.