Christmas is just around the corner, lurking in the shadows as December approaches, and while many of you may have already started (or, in some cases, finished!) your Christmas shopping, others won’t have started yet. After all, it’s only November, right? It’s amazing how quickly December, and in turn, the festive season, creeps up on you if you’re not careful, but luckily, there are plenty of ways in which you can organise yourself before you even hit the shops. Once you’ve started the shopping, there’s no turning back, but if you start off on the right foot, you will breeze through it all!
Make A List
One of the major aids for many a Christmas shopper is the handy list of everything that they need to get. Whether it’s in spreadsheet form, stored securely on your computer, or if it takes up a page of your ever-handy notebook, keeping a list is essential if you want to stay organised (and within budget).
From the off, make a list of exactly who you need to buy for and ideas on what they’d like. Perhaps your other half would love a couple of new Blu-rays or an experience day, or maybe your young lad would love an Imaginext Castle so that his medieval knights and dragon fantasies can become a playtime reality. From the tiny stocking fillers to the bigger gifts, keep updating the list and ticking off as you buy. Make a note of the budget and how much you have left to spend, and don’t forget to consider the cost of food, decorations, cards and wrapping paper too!
Before the festive season really gets going, you will find that many shops will start to introduce flash sales and superb offers – some of which stick around for a while, others you have to grab before they go. For example, Boots do great 3 for 2 deals on gifts while Tesco offers the chance to boost your Clubcard vouchers so that you can redeem them against toys and gifts. Be a little savvy and shop around in advance of buying so that you know where you can get the best value of money before you even delve into your purse.
Who says you have to spend a fortune on gifts for family members? Most of them will love to receive something that’s personal, sentimental or handmade and the best way in which you can do this is by starting as early as you can. Sit down with your toddler to make salt dough handprints, make candles with your kids or enjoy a couple of craft afternoons when you have a spare minute – the sooner you start, the better (and the more friendly it will be to your purse!).
Stay organised this Christmas and you won’t have to worry about getting stuck in amongst the hordes of last minute shoppers – instead, you can sit, contentedly, in your armchair (perhaps with a mulled wine or tin of chocolates to hand) knowing that you’re all done and ready to go.