Tackle Cyber Monday with This Printable Game Plan

Cyber Monday—one of the biggest online retail holidays of the year—is just around the corner. Get ready with our three-part game plan: A fail-safe gift list template, a curated selection of beautiful paper-based gifts and a plan for stashing all the boxes you’ll be getting this week until you’re ready to start wrapping.

Print Out Your Gift List

With billions of emails flooding inboxes and dozens of tabs open in people’s internet browsers, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and miss out on a good deal. Instead, print this gift guide template to help you stay organized, on track and within budget. With a printed guide, you won’t have to worry about forgetting anyone—or finding where your list disappeared among all your open browser tabs—as all your giftees’ names will be right next to you. Just jot down the gifts you wish to purchase and the amount you want to spend next to each name on your list. Then check them off as you shop.

Add Paper-Based Crafts and Gifts to Your List

Cyber Monday is usually all about deals on tech, but it’s also an opportunity to reach for more intimate, tactile paper gifts. Channel holidays past with meaningful paper presents this season.

For the Book Lover: Consider a Harry Potter bouquet, recycled bracelets, hollowed-out novels or folded book art.

For the Accessories Fan: Check out bold paper bead bracelets or jewelry tutorials for purchase, like how to weave paper pendants or create paper quill earrings.

For the DIY Modernist: Help the abstract art lover in your life build her collection with do-it-yourself folding projects. For utility: Go for a geometric picture frame or a printable paper craft kaleidoscope bowl. For decor: Consider a 3D unicorn wall mount or a deer mask, which your friend can display (or wear) all season long.

Before you check out, grab some corrugated gift tags to add a touch of personalization.

Break Down and Save Your Cyber Monday Boxes

Reduce clutter while still keeping a stash of Cyber Monday boxes handy for when it’s time to wrap and ship gifts this holiday season. Boxes can also keep holiday decor like wreaths and ornaments protected and organized until next season.

Make the best use of your space by flattening boxes until you’re ready to use them. Here’s how to break down a box:

  1. After you’ve opened your box and taken out its contents, flip it upside down.
  2. Slice the center line of tape running along the bottom of the package with a box cutter, knife or scissors. (Box cutter is recommended.)
  3. Next, slice the tape beneath the two flaps on both ends of the box.
  4. Tug the four flaps straight up. At this point, all the edges of the box should be able to move freely.
  5. Gently twist until the box collapses and lies flat.
  6. Repeat these steps for all remaining boxes. Stack with the largest box on bottom and the smallest on top.
*Always be careful when using sharp blades as contact may result in injury

Store your boxes on garage or closet shelves, or slide them under your bed until you’re ready to use them. Or keep your largest box constructed, placing the rest of your flattened boxes inside. Be sure to recycle the boxes you don't need!

Once your gifts are wrapped and ready to go, check out our tips on how to hide those holiday gifts from those wanting a sneak peek. Happy shopping!