Old St. Nick's list of naughty and nice is probably the most famous list in the world. Follow the example of the master; make a list, and check it twice. Don't just make a list of gifts to buy and simply cross them off when you have them. Beef up your list to include how much you intend to spend (and how much you did), where you hid the gift, and whether It's been wrapped or not. While you're at it, why not keep all of your gift receipts together in an envelope so you don't have to go searching for them when you need to make a return.