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We’ve finally arrived at the most wonderful time of the year, ladies and gentlemen – Christmas is only one week away!

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When you’re busy running from store to store trying to get the perfect gift for friends and family, it’s easy to forget the little things you need Christmas Day, like mountains of tape and batteries. In honor of all the chaos, we’ve compiled a list of all the essentials you may have forgotten so you can spend more time with your family and less time racing to stores come Christmas Eve. After all, no one likes a last-minute Scrooge.

Get a headcount. Everyone loves surprises, but when that surprise is in the form of ten unexpected aunts, uncles and cousins, you could find yourself passing around peppermints instead of the holiday ham. If you’re hosting, take some time this week to call your family members and see what their holiday plans are – you can always give leftover food and small presents away.

Stocking stuffers. I don’t know how many Christmases have gone by where I’ve ended up with empty stockings. As you’re shopping for big gifts, make sure to pick up a few small items so you don’t leave your stockings hanging (badum-ching!).

Gift wrapping supplies. You might have endless rolls of wrapping paper hiding in your attic, but do you have tape? Make sure to stock up on other necessities like bows, boxes, and gift tags. Don’t forget the scissors!

Dinnerware. You can never have too many forks on Christmas. If you’re expecting lots of company, save yourself from washing piles of dishes later and pick up some paper plates and plastic utensils.

Christmas party essentials. Creating the perfect bar cart is a work of art. While you’re grocery shopping for your Christmas feast, make sure to pick up soda and drink mixes so you can party until January.

Power cords. With electronic gadgets becoming more popular with each passing year, it never hurts to have another multi-plug or power strip lying around.

Batteries. This is by far one of the most overlooked items on everyone’s holiday list. For every toy on your child’s list, you’re probably going to need at least four batteries. Forgetting means scrambling through your home, taking triple-A batteries out of remote controls and the recess of your junk drawers. It’s likely that your Christmas-day battery search will only leave you with reverse-buyer’s remorse and a disgruntled child. Get the value pack of batteries (in all sizes). You’ll never regret it.

We’re only seven days away! Get last-minute inspiration for gifts, crafts, decorating and more by visiting the links below:
Get Ready for Holiday Guests
Weekday Crafternoon: Last Minute DIY Gifts
Don’t Forget These Decorations
20 Easy Holiday Appetizers
15 Cocktail Recipes
Set Up a Holiday Bar Cart
Delectable Food Treats to Gift
Creative Gift Wrap Ideas

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One Response

  1. RSS says:

    I couldn't agree with you more about the batteries.

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