Dare I mention the ‘C’ word on my blog when it’s technically still October? Considering I’ve already started my *whispers* Christmas shopping, I think it would be a bit hypocritical to scoff at the mention of it at this stage! Each and every year, without fail, I end up running around like a headless chicken on Christmas Eve trying to get those final last presents for people, and I decided that this year I will break that cycle. I am being organised, and no one can stop me!
Even the thought of Christmas shopping can feel daunting, so I’ve put together some of my tips for starting – and finishing – your Christmas shopping early. I’m not talking about just going on one huge shopping trip and buying whatever looks alright either – I really believe in finding the perfect gifts for people, not just getting caught up in the Christmas ‘deals’ (which are often not deals at all!). Here we go!
- Lists! They’re your best friend when it comes to being organised. Note down the names of everyone you’re intending to buy presents for and keep it handy for jotting down ideas. You could even keep a secondary list on your phone for thoughts you have whilst out and about (can you tell I love lists?)
- Keep an ear out. There’s no denying that it’s the time of year when people tend to drop hints, so keep your ears open for any that come your way. Even if your family and friends aren’t giving out hints, they may mention things in passing that make great gift ideas – be on the ball and it will pay off!
- Get your online orders in early. There’s nothing worse than sitting, waiting for the post and realising your items aren’t going to arrive in time for Christmas. The trick is to start seeking out a variety of different sites – ask on social media for recommendations and start browsing in plenty of time. You won’t end up stress-buying gifts that just aren’t quite right!
- Don’t be pulled in by gimmicks. Things like Christmas markets are exciting, but don’t always offer the best gift buying options. Don’t get me wrong, some of the pieces on offer are awesome, but planning to leave all of your shopping until you visit a city market could be a mistake. Plus, the markets are often SO incredibly busy that it’s virtually impossible to have a big shopping spree. However, I do have to applaud some of the independent, handmade stalls found at the Christmas markets – they have some awesome gifts available!
- Buy your wrapping paper early, too. I find that it prompts me to get a move on with my shopping, as I know I have the means to get things wrapped and hidden away as soon as they arrive in the post, or I bring them home from a shopping trip.
I’m always interested to hear other people’s Christmas shopping tactics, so please do leave me a comment below letting me know what you’re doing this year!