The holiday season is hectic enough without having to make a last-minute run to the store for something.
With a little planning now, you can stock up before the holidays, so that you can enjoy the season without the hassles.
Here are a few ideas for your stock-up list:
Groceries. Plan your holiday meals now and be sure to buy all your groceries in advance. Grocery stores have a way of getting extra crazy this time of year, so if you can fill your pantry and freezer now, you’ll save your sanity later.
Toiletries. Make sure you have an ample supply of toiletries like shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant to get you through the holidays. If you’re planning on having guests stay with you, pick up some sample sizes for the guest bathroom. They’ll appreciate the thought.
Toilet Paper. You need a good stash of toilet paper. Always. Make sure every bathroom is stocked and that there’s extra to spare.
Medications. All of the socializing and running around makes it easy to pick up a germ or two. Make sure you keep over-the-counter remedies on hand to help you battle colds and headaches. The rich food of the holidays can cause tummy troubles, too, so be sure to address those concerns, too. A lot of pharmacies have reduced holiday hours, so it can be a good idea to refill any prescriptions as soon as you can.
Super simple meals. This time of year is a made rush of activities. From shopping to school programs to Christmas parties to church, there is always an event we’re racing off to (or from). Plan some super simple meals that are a cinch to prepare to take the stress out of dinner. You may want to even make a few meals ahead of time and tuck them in the freezer for the busiest days.
Quick and easy dessert mixes. Be ready for last minute guests or potluck invites with a collection of quick and easy dessert mixes. You can turn a simple brownie mix into one of four different delicious treats in minutes.
Simple gifts. Keep a collection of small, simple gifts on hand. They’re perfect for filling out a gift basket, for giving as a hostess gift, for teachers and Secret Santa. Things like candles, photo frames, or small boxes of chocolates can make inexpensive gifts for any last-minute needs.
Gift wrap. If you didn’t stock up on gift wrap back in January, you can still make sure you have some inexpensive gift wrap on hand. Make sure you have some tape, too. Even if you’re the type to get the shopping and wrapping done early, you never know when you have to do some gift wrap repair (from children peeking or cats creeping!) or you may pick up a gift at the last minute.
Stock up before the holidays now, and you’ll be able to enjoy those last few moments before they arrive. And the best part: You’ll save a little money by planning ahead!
All great ideas not only for the holidays, but many of those items are also good to have on hand in case of illness and inclement weather.