If you find yourself year on year making a mad dash to the shops, start thinking about what you can start planning now so you can get that to do list ticked off well before the Jolly season officially begins.

1.PLAN YOUR MEALS
In the current climate it’s hard to know how far in advance to work, but planning your meals means you can start purchasing pantry and staple items NOW! 

Use a planner like this one from @thepigeonpatch and write everything out as you go. I recently purchased the PDF version and had it printed and bound at Officeworks for less than $5

.Christmas Planner

Planning things like drinks, snacks, and what sort of cutlery you’ll need means you can sort your “to buy” and “to do list”, long before the jingle bells are ringing.

Tip: If you do purchase a planner, use the code PROJECTSORT for a cheeky little discount

2. HAVE YOUR ELF, A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS
Lock in your Elf on the shelf antics now! There are plenty of free resources and ideas available on Pinterest, you can even download pre-made calendars with a different scene each day for a no fuss Elf experience

If you’re hoping to order any accessories then do this now as well to avoid any shipping delays making your parcels run late

3.TEACHER & CLASSMATE GIFTS
You don’t have to overthink this one or create Pinterest perfect hampers. 

This year, myself and another mum are splitting the cost of some platters so we can put on a Christmas Eve spread for the team to say thank you. The other mum is a former early educator herself,  and assured me she has enough coffee cups and key rings to last a lifetime.

Other gift ideas she received and loved were vouchers for places she could buy resources at, a personalised stamp, and handwritten letters from the kids and parents in her class. If you do choose to go the gift route, plenty of small businesses have already released their Christmas ranges. You could even check your local community pages to support a local business

If you’re doing class gifts as well then this is also something you can have organised well before December!

4. GIFT LIST
If you haven’t started shopping yet, don’t stress! I’m not going to suggest you get all your shopping done before the end of the month. To get organised though, you’ll need to start a list of gift ideas that you can pull from once you’re ready to purchase.

Even just using the Notes app in your phone can be effective. Write down the names of all the people you need to buy for and as you think of gifts ideas, just pop it next to their name! This means you can keep an eye on specials for certain items and take advantage of any deals that pop up if you see them 

Now would be a good time to organise any Kris Kringle names you need to purchase for as well.

5. CHRISTMAS MAIL 
Now is the perfect time to start writing out your Christmas cards. Australia Post are expecting large volumes of letters and parcels this year due to the increased demand for online shopping. Grab your Christmas cards now, or even better if you’ve got kids then start getting crafty! You can have them written up and ready to pop in the Postbox when the time comes. 

Tip: Australia Post usually release their Christmas stamps in November, but have decided to release them early this year! It looks as though they’ll be available by mid-October. If you’re not aware, Christmas Cards can be sent for only 65c vs the usual Letter cost of $1.10

More info on Christmas delivery dates from Australia Post here

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