Do the holidays feel a long way off? They'll be here a blink. We don't say that to stress you out. In fact, starting with some of this stuff now will prevent you loads of stress (and probably save you some cash) down the road.
Start your gift list
You already know you're going to be needing gifts for not only your family but also colleagues or clients in your professional life. If you start getting an idea of how many and which types of gifts you need now, you can keep an eye out for appropriate items as you live your regular life for the next few months. You might even be able to stalk certain items when they're on sale, rather than waiting until everyone else is grabbing them too, in the holiday rush.
Buy your travel
Don't wait until it's too late (or super expensive) to buy your flights for holiday travel. It's estimated that 54 days prior (give or take) is an ideal day to buy a plane ticket in order to get a good deal. Also, ask your boss for the days off now!
Test a recipe or two
Maybe you vowed last year was the last year you were going to make that 15-step soufflé for Christmas dessert. Now is a great time to start testing out other options. We tend to get oversaturated with heavy, holiday food come December, but in September, a test cake is a welcome treat and you have the time to enjoy the process, rather than getting stressed by time pressure.
Address your budget
If you want to feel flush with a little extra cash this season, start putting away just a little extra over a longer period of time. That means start now! Saving up prior to holiday spending will help you be so much more relaxed when you do get to spend that money (and it's so much better than trying to pay it off after the gifts are all opened).
Did you kick yourself last year for not starting early enough in a specific area? Tell us what you're going to do to get prepped, stress-free.