Four tips for getting organized with family birthdays

It can be challenging to stay on top of family birthdays, especially if you have a big family. However, if you follow these four helpful tips for staying organized, everything will be a lot easier.

Planning a birthday for someone you love? Here’s how to prepare.

1) Buy gifts early 

One of the things at the top of your priority list when a family member’s birthday is approaching is buying a gift.

You’ll want to spend time thinking about the kind of gift you could buy in order to ensure you give a thoughtful present that’s sure to make your loved one’s day.

So the earlier you start planning gift options, the better. The last thing you want is to run out of time and end up purchasing a “that’ll do” present or a generic gift like a box of chocolates.

Consider what would touch your loved one or put a smile on their face to get the ideas flowing.

You should also collaborate with other family members. For instance, you could all contribute funds to buy something extra special for your loved one. By communicating with the rest of the family early on, you can also ensure that you don’t double-up on presents.

2) Plan a get-together

Following on from the last point, you should also communicate with other family members early on, as well as the person whose birthday it is, to come up with a plan for celebrating the day.

You may wish to throw a surprise party or another event, or you may wish to speak to the birthday boy or girl about their wishes.

The sooner you plan, the better. Whether you’re planning on going to a restaurant, holding a party at home, or going on an adventurous hot air balloon trip, you’ll need to book things, create invitation cards, invite guests, and do many other things, such as buying balloons and banners.

Here are just six things you need to consider when planning a party. Once you know where and how you’ll all be celebrating your family member’s birthday, you can begin to organize the event.

And keep a notebook or make a spreadsheet to organize each element of the event and ensure nothing is overlooked.

3) Pick the right greetings card

Many people leave buying greeting cards until the last minute, but that means they end up with cards that aren’t quite right for the recipient.

Also, many people still buy paper greetings cards, but eCards have many advantages. Not only are they sustainable. You can also find and browse through a wide variety of designs and themes at a time that suits you best.

Plus, the recipient will enjoy opening birthday greetings online on their birthday. And you can give presents in person.

If you want to create eCards, visit Punchbowl, which has all kinds of greeting card designs to choose from. So, you’re sure to find the appropriate card for your loved one.

4) Use a calendar and set up reminders

Getting organized with family birthdays isn’t just about planning cards, gifts, and celebrations. It’s also about ensuring you remember every family member’s birthday.

If you have a large family, it can be challenging to remember when everyone’s birthdays are and be organized ahead of time to ensure you give thoughtful gifts and cards and plan a wonderful birthday event.

Things become even more challenging if several family birthdays are happening around the same time.

To ensure you stay on top of things, use a calendar to keep track of everybody’s birthdays. However, don’t presume it’s as simple as adding each person’s birthday to the relevant date. You need time to plan the birthdays, so set up reminders in advance to let you know when a loved one’s birthday is approaching.

You can then make sure that you have the time to make each family member’s birthday a special and memorable day.

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