Today is not about me telling you where to shop, or what to buy for your loved ones. Today I’m going to give you my tips on getting something really personal for your family and friends, aswell as how I stick to my budget year on year, and, (this is where I get really smug), all finished before the 1st of December. Now obviously for those who haven’t started, we’re nearing that deadline pretty fast- the only reason I mention it, is the prices go up exponentially throughout December (until they crash in the post-Christmas sales), so it literally pays to be early. The second reason is, the shops are manic after the 1st of December with people panic-buying anything remotely resembling a gift. When you’re whipped up into a frenzy on the high street like that, it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. Not good.
So, my tip is to get comfortable, grab a drink, a pen and paper, or your notes app. First set out your budget. How many people do you have to buy for? How much is your limit per person? Next, my biggest tip is to note down each person’s individual interests. From there you have a long list of items to look out for, and even to type into search bars to get them something super specific. For example, my best friend Hannah loves amongst other things; afternoon tea, pre-Raphaelite works, day-of-the-dead paraphernalia and Alice In Wonderland. If I type in afternoon tea and find an Alice In Wonderland tea set (something I have bought her in the past), I’d think that’s a pretty damn good present for her, that she’s going to love. This is also where listening comes in. Note down things your friends and family have pointed out to you in the past in stores, people drop hints like crazy this time of year!
My next tip is never to buy things instantly. Shop around. This is where shopping online comes in handy as you can search quickly and easily for the exact same thing, even using the serial or model numbers of the item. Keep a list of what you’ve bought and track your success. This’ll keep you focused on buying things for those you haven’t found something for already. When I’m out and about, even after buying a pile of things for my girls, I’m always seeing more and more things I could pick up for them- but this is where the spending can get out of control!
Wrap early. It’s almost like drawing a line under the job. You’re done. You can relax, and relax in the knowledge that you’ve picked out something they’ll love without bankrupting yourself too. It can be really easy to get overwhelmed by the choice at this time of year, and stick to your goals and budgets, so take time to come back from a shopping trip, reassess and carry on. Just take stock of what you’ve got, what you need, and remember that it’s supposed to be fun, not a grueling chore! That’s it for today’s post, let me know what you think of my tips for Christmas shopping and if you have any, and I’ll see you all soon. Until next time…