Don't panic this holiday season.

Take a deep breath and meet your 

new holiday planner.


We've all been there. 

  • You space off the treats for the class party
  • You fight the last-minute crowds at the mall
  • You fail to send Christmas cards for yet another year
  • You have zero idea what to buy your brother-in-law
  • Guests arrive tomorrow and your house is disaster
  • You can't find time to decorate your home like you want
  • You run out of time for those festive family activities you swore you'd do this year

Don't let the holidays sneak up on you this year. Declare this the year of the stress-free holiday.

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Formatted for both printing and digital planning

Your purchase includes two files so you can plan in the way that works best for you.

  • Digital journal compatible with your computer, tablet, or phone and can be used with your favorite note-taking app, such as Goodnotes.
  • Printable PDF that can be printed and added to a binder to create your own physical holiday planner. The PDF file also has editable fields so you can type on them prior to printing if you wish.

The Holiday Planning Playbook
 is for you if...

The entire holiday season was a blur last year. You felt like you were running nonstop from one thing to the next. The holidays weren't enjoyable. In fact, they were downright stressful! You always felt behind and rushed.

And then all of a sudden it was December 25th and you realize you never got a chance to do half the things you'd dreamed about. Taking the kids ice skating, shopping with your girlfriend, baking sugar cookies... 

Aren't the holidays supposed to be a time to make memories, relax and remember the reason for the season?

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Here are a few of my favorite pages...


The Holiday Planning Playbook

This is a holiday planner and Christmas planner includes everything you need to get organized and plan a stress-free holiday season.

This 60+ page binder includes printable PDF pages to help you with...


Gift Giving

  • Gift List
  • Black Friday Checklist
  • Cyber Monday Checklist
  • Handmade Gifts Checklist
  • Letter To Santa
  • 2 Holiday Wish Lists
  • Gift Exchange Wish Lists
  • Gift Exchange Cards
  • Gift Tags
  • Wrapping Supply Inventory
  • Gift Wrapping Tracker
  • Address List
  • Thank You Note Checklist


  • Monthly Calendar Pages (Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan)
  • Weekly Planning Page
  • Daily Planning Page

* All calendar pages are undated so they can be reused year after year.


Party Planning & Hosting

  • Party Planner
  • Guest List
  • Party Shopping List

Memory Making

  • Holiday Bucket List
  • Holiday Traditions List
  • Favorite Holiday Movies List
  • Favorite Holiday Books List
  • Favorite Holiday Foods List
  • Acts Of Kindness List

Baking & Meal Planning

  • Holiday Menu & Grocery List
  • Grocery List
  • Cooking Schedule
  • Cookie Voting Ballot
  • Holiday Baking
  • Baking Checklist
  • Recipe Cards
  • Potluck Signup Sheet


  • Holiday Decorating Checklist
  • Project Planner
  • Holiday Decor Shopping List
  • Handmade Decor Checklist
  • Storage Bin Labels

Decluttering & Cleaning

  • Decluttering Plan
  • Weekly Cleaning Checklist
  • Donation Log
  • Items To Sell
  • Decluttering Signs


  • Holiday Photo Bucket List
  • Photographer Research Page
  • Holiday Outfit Planner


  • Travel Planner
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Packing Checklist


  • Holiday Budget Tracker
  • Returns & Exchanges Checklist

Extra Planning Pages

  • General Checklist
  • General Shopping List
  • Notes Page
  • Brain Dump / Brainstorm Page

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The Holiday Planning Playbook

  • 60+ pages to organize the holidays
  • 2 binder cover pages (Holiday and Christmas)

  • Binder spine inserts for 1/2'', 1'' and 1.5'' binders
  • Cover pages for each section
  • PDFs formatted to fit standard 8.5'' x 11'' paper
  • Completely undated so it can be used year after year
  • Designed for binders with a 3-hole punch
  • Print release included

*This is an instant digital download. Nothing will be shipped.

About The Author

Hi there! I'm Emily Counts, the creator of the Holiday Planning Playbook and the author of Small Stuff Counts, a blog devoted to helping you creating an organized home, one project at a time.

Planning is one of my favorite things and I often design organizational printables to organize information. Getting everything out of my head and down on paper is super helpful! I designed this holiday planner to be a central place to track all of the ideas, details, logistics and lists related to the holiday season. I hope you find it helpful! 

 When I'm not busy organizing and decorating everything in sight, I work full time as a marketing professional. I'm a lifelong Iowan and currently reside in central Iowa with my husband and daughter.