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[20] Handmade Business Holiday Prep Checklist (with Downloadable PDF)

I know it’s only the end of August, BUT – for those of us in handmade business, the time to start thinking about the holidays and Christmas sales is now. Why? Because it takes a lot of time to get prepared for the (hopeful) Christmas rush, and by getting ready early, we can ensure we’re organised, stocked up, and don’t miss any potential opportunities.

No matter how many years you’ve been in business, it is worth setting aside a bit of time around the beginning of September to plan your holiday strategy. How? Well, that’s exactly what I’ve got for you today. I’ve created a checklist of the most important tasks and steps to take in order to have your best Christmas sales season yet.

Sound good? Right on, let’s do this!



Quotes and highlights from this Episode:

I reckon the downloadable checklist is enough for you to be getting on with this week – so download the image and/or the pdf printable version below! I go into a lot more detail about each step in the podcast (including sharing a few stories where I got these things VERY wrong and learnt my lesson the hard way).

Please feel free to share the image of the checklist below wherever you’d like – Pin it; share it on Facebook, twitter, or Instagram; email it to a friend; print it out and stick it on the noticeboard at your local craft shop or cafe – whatever! – and help other makers get prepared for their own holiday sales.



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This download is available as part of my #HandmadeBusinessToolkit – which is packed full of free resources (ebooks, downloadables, and guides) that will help you grow a thriving handmade biz.

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Jess Van Den is the editor of Create & Thrive, and has been a full-time creative entrepreneur since 2010. She makes eco-conscious, contemporary, handmade sterling silver jewellery under the Epheriell label, and blogs about her jewellery and other beautiful things at You can catch her on twitter @JessVanDen.



Can you just have one podcast that doesn’t sound helpful? ;D I just found you last week and have been so encouraged by the podcasts! But, there are so many good ideas here and every time I come back there’s another one, lol! I am just beginning to sew and sell aprons. I intended to have a variety of items available, but the aprons are so popular that I haven’t had a chance to branch out. Thank you for such amazing, and free, advice.


You’re so welcome, Katrina – welcome to the C&T community!


Danke!!! 🙂 Just what I wanted 🙂 I have been formulating a set of products for launch around the end of October, but a checklist…lovely…lovely …lovely (visually oriented creative here). Thanks so much xx


Glad to help, Nette! x

Cindy Kuo

Thanks Jess for the reminder!
I make natural stone jewelry and have been in the biz for 3 years, but never thought of making a gift guide like you said before. I will definitely create one this year!

P.S. I love listening to your podcast every week! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

Sending love from Indonesia <3 <3

Cindy Kuo


Cindy! So glad you’re loving the podcast – and glad to hear you’re putting a guide together – they really do work.

What say you?