Stay Organized All Year with a Birthday Gift Tracker

by Kimberley McGee
birthday tracker

This the 8th of the 12 Days of Holiday Organizing series, which is part of the 12 Days of Homeschooling Fun with craftsmeal planning, recipes, holiday-themed study units and more! 

day 8 of holiday fun

Through trial and error, and lots of regifting, I realized a gift tracker is a must! 

Gift-giving is one of my favorite things! I love it so much, I often give the same thing to the same person year after year. I get ideas of what to give people throughout the year, but I never remember when it’s crunch time and the bells are ringing. 

I take advantage of the sales during the holidays, and the after-holiday clearance to fill the gift closet for family and friends. And then I promptly forget about them. I have trackers for each holiday, budgets, self-care and homeschool planners, each of which contains places to keep lists of all I have on hand. But I don’t have anything for birthdays. And those happen all year long! So I made one.

It’s a great way to keep track of the things you’ve bought and where they are stored as well as what you gave last year. I use it at Christmas time to realize what I’ve already given so I don’t give repeat gifts. There are only so many Lego gifts, coffee mugs and sweaters one person or family can handle! Stay organized through the holidays for a glorious gift-giving year!

birthday gift tracker

Trackers for Organization

We have a lot of December birthdays, so buying double during the month can be a daunting endeavor. I come across gifts that are perfect for that special someone six months before their birthday, stash it, and, again, forget it.

I also have come across great gifts for the twins, if they were older. That has been a lot of fun, saved some cash in the budget and I jotted down in my holiday planner in summer that I had bought them this item for next year so I don’t forget. It’s easy to remember because their birthday is Dec. 21 (a palindrome birthday for the twins!).

That’s when the ah-ha moment came. A birthday tracker. Duh. So simple, and so useful. It also helps me remember what I gave them last year. This is good for a few reasons. One, I don’t give them another sweater, jacket or pullover and B, I can get them something that complements the gift I gave them last year or build on the theme.

I use a pencil to jot down the item under the name. Tastes and interests can change as kids grow and that magic set you got on after-Christmas clearance may not be what they are into anymore, although it may be good for a friend’s child or a niece or nephew. By penciling it in, you can change the info and keep track of all you have and who it is for.

gift list for birthdays

How to Use the Tracker

I designed this birthday gift idea tracker so you can use it any way that works best. Here’s a plain page to use to keep track of anyone. The birthday gift tracker packet is broken down into family, friends, children, grandparents, teachers and coworkers, etc.

And, there is a tracker for YOU! Every year my husband asks me for a list at Christmas, my birthday and mother’s day. And every year I think I have one. I go to my Amazon wish list, and it’s all stuff for him and the kids. I go down rabbit holes of shiny new toys for him and them and never come back to what I meant to put on the list for ME. I’m much more of a list maker on paper.

I designed this birthday gift idea tracker so you can use it any way that works best. Here’s a plain page to use to keep track of anyone. The birthday gift tracker packet is broken down into family, friends, children, grandparents, teachers and coworkers, etc.

And, there is a tracker for YOU! Every year my husband asks me for a list at Christmas, my birthday and mother’s day. And every year I think I have one. I go to my Amazon wish list, and it’s all stuff for him and the kids. I go down rabbit holes of shiny new toys for him and them and never come back to what I meant to put on the list for ME. I’m much more of a list maker on paper.

Write the recipient’s name in the left-hand column and then:

  • Gift idea
  • Where you saw it or where to buy it
  • Price point
  • Bought and/or Sent

You can download the Birthday Tracker single page gift list and the single page Christmas Holiday Gift List from the Holiday Planner & Organizer Kit

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