Okay you might think it’s a bit early to be thinking about hitting the shops for Christmas, but how many times have you found yourself running round on Christmas eve, searching through the remaining gift sets to find something for your aunty Nelly and getting ready to strangle someone with tinsel in the process? We’re not suggesting you start shopping now, but we are here to give you a few handy hints that should make the Christmas shopping process a lot easier, giving you more time to relax and enjoy the festivities!
Write it all down
If making a list and checking it twice is good enough for Santa, then it’s good enough for us. Start with a list of everyone you’re buying for and don’t lose that list. It will make it so much less stressful if you can hit the shops with a purpose and person in mind rather than randomly trying to remember who to buy for.
Plan your budget
Christmas tends to be a time when we overspend, which is fine, until it gets to January and we see our credit card bill! Once you have your list of names, work out roughly how much you want to spend per person. This will give you an idea of your total budget for Christmas presents and you can see if you can afford it. It’s very easy buying one present at a time for the cost to add up so pick an amount to spend and stick to it.
Avoid the shops…
Think about it, the high street is a mass of people in December rushing around and trying to get presents, if anything’s going to add to your stress levels, it’s going to be being around other stressed Christmas shoppers. So stay at home, make a nice cup of tea and hop onto the internet. You can pretty much find everything in the high street, and all the information you need right there on the world wide web. And you’ll save time, meaning when you do go into town, you can spend it soaking up the festive atmosphere and wandering round the Christmas markets with a cup of mulled wine.
Buy a couple of extras for the “present box”
No one likes to get caught out without a present to hand, it can be embarrassing if someone pops round, brings you a card and a gift and you realise you’ve completely forgotten them! Buy a few generic gift items, perhaps some nice toiletries, or some bottles of wine, and wrap them up with blank gift tags for your gift box. Should the unexpected occur, simply go to your present box, fill in the gift tag and away you go, social embarrassment and stress completely avoided!
Get in plenty of wrapping paper, bows and ribbons
Trying to wrap your final present on a multitude of scraps from your remaining supplies can be stressful, especially if it’s Christmas Eve and the shops are closed. Make sure you have plenty of wrapping paper, ribbons, tape, spare scissors and gift tags. After all your wonderful purchase they deserve to look the very best when you present them to the lucky recipient!
An extra tip for you, pack a present in your bag when attending the office Xmas Party in case someone surprises you with a gift. Worst case scenario, you can keep it for yourself or pass it off to a relative, win-win!
That’s the shopping dealt with but what about the all important office Christmas party plan? Time to crack on!