With Christmas coming up, everyone's favorite holiday of the year brings smiles and happiness all around because this holiday usually entails lots and lots of presents. However, if you have a lot of loved ones in your life, this wonderful time of year can become a bit stressful. Regardless of whether you are buying business christmas cards, or gifts for friends and loved ones, visiting Christmas gift shops and putting together Christmas gift boxes in particular can seem like an overwhelming task. But when this huge chore is organized and broken up into smaller steps, it can easily be conquered. The following plan provides some ideas for how to plan your Christmas shopping. Hopefully this will allow you to minimize time and money spent, while allowing you to maximize your enjoyment of the holiday season.

  1. Plan your Christmas shopping list by making a list of all the people you want to purchase presents for this year. Make sure to include your family members, friends and co-workers. Group couples together or other families where one gift can suffice.

  2. Go down the list of people and brainstorm gift ideas. If you don't already have ideas, remember that you can always tap into resources such as a person's relatives or friends. Peruse the Internet or flip through store catalog to find some helpful gift ideas. Custom christmas cards is always a good one to turn to if all else fails.

  3. Continue planning your Christmas shopping list by looking up each item online once you have all your gift ideas written down and documented. You can use price comparison websites to try to find the best deal you can. You may also be able to find your present cheaper or at a discount store. In addition, there may be a reduction in price if you order the item from the company website. If you run your own business, many store websites also offer custom corporate christmas cards that you can send existing customers.

  4. Make sure you write down the name of the Christmas gift store or website that you need to go to obtain each gift. Your list should now include the name of the person, the name of the gift and the name of the store or website where you will be purchasing the item.

  5. Simplify your Christmas shopping list by grouping together the items that you'll be getting at the same store. Make a separate shopping list for each store. You can also group your online orders together. Some company websites give a discount on shipping if multiple items are ordered at the same time. You should always take advantage of any shipping discounts if you can find them because this can deliver some great long savings overall.

  6. Last but not least, plan your Christmas shopping route. Segment your separate lists by stores in the same Christmas gift shopping plaza. Determine which shopping plazas you'll be attacking first and put the lists in the according order. Then follow your plan with gusto!