How to use Trello to track Christmas gifts
Trello is a different sort of task management app. It is sort of like having multiple bulletin boards in a row with tasks on sticky notes that you move around between boards.
You can name the boards whatever you want, add items to a board, and then drag those tasks around to whichever board you want. This makes it the perfect app to track your Christmas gift planning on.
First, I set up boards with the different stages of gift-giving, everything from coming up with the idea to having the present wrapped and in the right box to get to the right place (because we celebrate 3 Christmases between all our extended families).
Second, in the first “idea” board, I add a list item for every person that I need to find a gift for. Everything goes here, from multiple items for the children (book, toy, other, stocking stuff) to homemade caramels for friends and teachers. At first, the item simply holds the name of the person for whom I have to find a gift. As I decide what to get that person, I add the idea to the note.
Then, when I’ve purchased the item, I can drag that note to the “Purchased” list.
Next, when the item arrives (because I usually order everything online), I drag it to the “Received” list. This helps me track whether or not I received various items, which can become tricky when you’re placing multiple online orders from various sites.
Once gifts start arriving, I typically spend 10-15 minutes wrapping a few gifts at a time in the evenings. Then I can come back to my Christmas list and move the items from “Received” to “Wrapped.”
Finally, as I accumulate a stack of wrapped gifts, I begin putting them in boxes or bags to put under our Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, to take to my in-law’s, to send to cousins, or to take to my parent’s house on Christmas day.
Although I don’t use it for general task management, I love how Trello helps me see at a glance what stage I’m at in my Christmas preparations. It’s the perfect app for gift planning and tracking.
Here is a 5-minute video tour I made to show you how Trello works and how perfectly planning and tracking Christmas presents works within the app: