The Gift Planner

Dear Fellow Journalers,

This month’s journal idea came from a book I found at our local library’s used book sale. I thought at first that it was just an ordinary greeting card organizer but it was so much more! I’ve always tried to give the perfect present to my friends and family on their special day or holiday and yet I sometimes fail in the attempt. This journal will truly help all of us I’m sure!

“Every moment offers us an opportunity to spread laughter, joy and kindness.”

     Have you ever sat down and thought about your friends or relatives and what they like or even asked them? Have you ever written your answers in a special journal to refer to it later?

I remember when I announced my intent to retire and was asked what craft store was my favorite? The co-worker in question was trying to be subtle, I’m sure, but I figured out what she was trying to do pretty quickly! Apparently, she solicited advice from other co-workers and as a result mostly all of my gifts were ones I really appreciated.By doing some homework and writing down answers in your journal, your recipient will think you’re a mind-reader and thank you for years to come.

Some tips to consider:

  1. When your recipient least  expects it, ask questions about a favorite gift he or she received.
  2. Get details and be specific. Don’t just ask if they like wine. Ask if they have a specific brand and would they recommend it.
  3. Where do they like to shop? What are favorite brands?
  4. Refer to your list and update as needed.
  5. Keep a record of what you give.
  6. Start early.  (I buy presents when I see them and store them away.)
  7. NEVER throw a receipt away.

Gift Profile

       To construct a Gift Profile fill in the blanks for each person:

NAME.              BIRTHDAY               ANNIVERSARY

Clothing sizes

Favorites ( colors, foods, sweets, teams, books

Most memorable gift

Talents, interests

Likes and dislikes

Gift Giving List

     Your gift giving list is important for several reasons. The first one is obvious – did I remember and what did I give and two, Don’t send the same thing twice. It should look something like this:


Next week, my favorite list  cards!

Til next time,



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. A Chick Click
    Dec 05, 2018 @ 17:53:07

    This is a wonderful idea. I try and remember everything and some times fall short when it seems most important. I will create a space for this in my travelers notebook.

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