Okay, we don’t want to freak you out or anything, but in case you haven’t realised, Christmas is right around the corner. Have you thought about your Christmas Shopping yet?
Remember last year when you vowed that next year would be the year that you would get more organised with your Christmas shopping and holiday planning? Well, we’re here to remind you that it’s time to get cracking!
So, in order to avoid a Christmas crisis, where do you start? Follow these tips and we promise that getting sussed for the silly season won’t seem like such a daunting task!
Create a checklist
Start by creating a checklist for yourself so you know well in advance what you need to do, who needs to take care of it, and what kind of timeframe or deadline you have for getting everything sussed. It’s often when we’re caught up in the excitement and rush that we forget details – like booking the cat in at the cattery before you head away, forgetting what day your mother-in-law arrives at the airport or forgetting one item off your Christmas shopping mental list.
Once you’ve worked out all the details, delegate! Try not to take on everything yourself – find some tasks that you can get your kids, grandchildren or extended family involved in, too. Perhaps you can make it their mission to sort the Christmas decorations and find the perfect tree, or to write out the Christmas cards, bake the Christmas cake, or plan the party playlist.
Santa’s little helper
Often buying presents is one of the most stressful and time-consuming tasks in the build up to Christmas. Deciding who to buy for, what to buy them, finding time to get to the shops and then battling crowds and car parking nightmares can send shivers down the spines of even the most seasoned shoppers. While the truly organised will likely have been shopping – or at least saving ideas – throughout the year, most of us will be bracing of a last minute panic.
Before you hit the shops, spend some time now writing up a Christmas Shopping List – who you need to buy for and then two suggestions for gift purchases. That way, you have a back-up if your first choice doesn’t go to plan and you don’t have to race around the shops trying to figure out what to buy. To take the pressure off, why not suggest a ‘Secret Santa’ style Christmas where each person is assigned just one recipient to buy for? Alternatively, you might want to set a limit on how much you spend on gifts.
Choosing the perfect present can be a challenge, so if you need a little inspiration, check out our handy gift guides. We’ve done the hard work for you and found a range of awesome gift ideas for your nearest and dearest.
And don’t forget – if you’re sending gifts overseas, make sure take note of postal cut off dates to ensure your delivery will make it in time.
Shop from the sofa
If finding the time to get to the shops around all your other commitments is proving difficult, then look to online shopping instead. No queues, no car park woes, no crowds. In a few clicks you can have all your gifts sorted and sent straight to your door! Now we’re talking!
A Christmas feast
Of course, what many of us love most about Christmas is the incredible spread of food we get to eat throughout the day – and often the days that follow! If you’re playing host this year, get planning on your menu early. Do your research on recipe ideas, and stock up early on anything that won’t spoil. Why not share the load and ask your guests to contribute a plate – assign these out so everyone knows what to bring with plenty of time.
Planning on eating indoors or out? Think about your table settings and if there’s anything you might be short of, such as plates, glasses or serving platters – and look out for deals or sales so you can stock up on these before the mad Christmas rush.
By getting yourself organised early with Christmas shopping it’ll help take the pressure off, reduce stress and and will ensure that by the time Christmas rolls around you’re ready to sit back and enjoy the time with your loved ones.
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Have you already started your Christmas shopping and planning? Let us know your progress in the comments below!