Tips to Make Your Christmas Shopping Easier

Make Christmas Shopping Easy

It never gets any easier. Each year, we try to squeeze in Christmas shopping, making our way through the busting crowds at late night shopping. After a long day, we often finally get back home to find we’ve forgotten something. And, we always say next year we’ll start earlier.
But if done right, Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be a terrible headache.
Here’s our step-by-step guide to making your Christmas shopping easy.

It’s shopping… make a list

Don’t use your memory to do your Christmas shopping. Even with a small amount of gifts, the increased stress increases your chances to forget something. Jot down your list. Remember… check it twice!

Eat before the Christmas shopping adventure begins

Don’t skip dinner by shopping right after work. If your stomach is empty and you feel hungry, your energy will struggle to get to festive levels. Also, this time of the year makes it harder to get a quick bite in crowded cafes and restaurants.

Get those discounts

Make sure you are armed with discount codes and vouchers. Use your technology to make Christmas shopping easier and cheaper. Download apps from your favourite shops to your smartphone and use them in store.

Build your Christmas shopping battle plan

To keep the stress at a minimum, make a plan of what stores you are going to before you get out there. You’ll be less likely to stray off your list and make impulse buys. You will be in and out without a whole lot of fuss.

Scroll the online shops

If you have waited to long to find the gift you wanted, remember out of stock items can be found online or from a competitor. Even though part of the fun of Christmas shopping experience is being in the middle of the High Street festivity, online shopping can be a real life saver. You may even find a lot of wonderful Christmas gift ideas on the National Trust’s online shop.

Be positive

Christmas shopping may be manic and stressful, but it is supposed to be fun. We know there will be queues, things will be sold out and car parks will be nightmares. But, it’s Christmas and we can all embrace the holiday spirit.
How do you stay sane during your Christmas shopping? We’d love to hear on Twitter and Facebook.

Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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