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7 SIMPLE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING TIPS TO EASE THE HOLIDAY STRESS

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This collection of Christmas Shopping Tips are simple, but so effective in helping you to get what you need for the best price possible. Whether you are shopping on a budget, shopping online, trying to get in early, or just wondering how to even start Christmas shopping at all, you’re in exactly the right place!

7 Stress free (and easy!) Christmas Shopping Tips

Christmas shopping – you either love it or hate it.

There’s something lovely about going out and buying gifts for people that you know they’ll love – but it also takes a lot of time and can be quite stressful.

Whatever you feel about it though – you will probably have wondered how do you Christmas Shop in the easiest way possible?

It’s got to be done – so if there are ways that make it simple – that’s got to be a good thing, right?

As such, I’ve put together a list of easy to follow shopping tips that should help you get it all done this year with ease – hope they help (you can get your own copy of all these tips and 90 more! for FREE – by clicking the link below – a little Christmas Gift from me to you….)

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STRESS-FREE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING TIPS

#1 – HAVE A CHRISTMAS SHOPPING PLAN

Start with a plan and everything will be a LOT easier…

Think about where and when you will shop – so that you don’t waste time or have to go back to somewhere because you forgot something.

WHERE WILL YOU SHOP?

You may choose to shop in your local town, in the city, online, at an outlet shopping centre, or a mix of all these. Whatever you decide, work out where you will be shopping right at the start so you can plan when you shop as well.

WHEN WILL YOU SHOP?

Plan time into your diary based on what you can schedule, and stick to that so you don’t get stressed. Usually a day or two of shopping works well, with a little online shopping done over a few evenings.

The best tip I can offer you for when to do your Christmas shopping is to do it as early as possible. Early Christmas shopping will pay dividends for your stress levels because you’ll be prepared well in advance, and you’ll have time to make other arrangements if things are out of stock etc….

The more you can plan the easier it will be to get things done – and you won’t run out of time!

#2 – HAVE A (DETAILED) LIST

I’m not just talking about a present shopping list, but a list for EVERYTHING you need over Christmas.

There will be things included on this list like: –

  • Wrapping paper
  • Cards
  • Tags
  • Decorations
  • Crackers
  • Anything for parties you are hosting or going to
  • Anything for guests
  • Outfits

… it can get very long, very quickly!

Write it all down, brainstorm everything you will be doing over the Christmas period and see what you will need. If you want some gorgeous printables to help with your shopping plans (for EVERYTHING) – then you can find them in the Christmas Planner – find out more HERE.

If you can buy things ahead of time then you will lose the need for extra trips nearer the big day itself – and you may well need to shop for these things at the same place as you are going for Christmas presents as well, so you will save having to go to the same place a few times.

Black gift bag with black and white tissue paper sticking out of the top

#3 – HAVE A CHRISTMAS SHOPPING BUDGET

One of the hardest things about Christmas shopping is working out a budget that will work for everything, without getting you into debt and paying it off well into next year.

It can get out of hand pretty quickly – even if you think you are being good with how much you spend. There can be so many little things to get that it all adds up quickly…

If you can set a Christmas Shopping Budget, and stick to it – then overspending shouldn’t be an issue this year.

The easiest way would be to work out what you want to spend (what you can afford), and divide it up amongst what you need to buy.

Categories can include things like food / presents / cards / entertaining / decorations etc….

EXTRA IDEA – for presents, if you have a set figure for how much you will spend per person it will help you not go overboard.

#4 – THEMES SAVE SHOPPING TIME

Having a theme for all your present shopping can really save time and hassle when you have lots of people to shop for.

Themes could be something like the following: –

  • Books
  • Vouchers
  • Board games
  • Clothes
  • Calendars & Diaries

Obviously some themes work better for younger people or older people – so it will depend on who you are buying for.

The best thing about doing things this way is that you will, of course, have to visit less shops – so shopping will be a breeze!

#5 – TIME YOUR SHOPPING

The shops get busier and busier in the run up to Christmas of course – so try and shop as early as you can, and ideally on a weekday to save precious time in queues.

Unfortunately the one thing you can’t do up front is fresh food shopping – so I always suggest doing this out of hours (really early or really late in the day) to avoid really heavy queues.

#6 – DO YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING ONLINE

And to avoid queues altogether, why not buy your shopping all online?

{ Worth a read: Seriously clever ways to save money shopping online }

Pretty much everything can be bought from the warmth and comfort of your sofa.

Remember though, that food shopping slots for Christmas week get booked up really quickly, so get organised and make sure you get one! (At least get a slot in the week or so before Christmas for the bulky stuff so you don’t have to do a large shop in store, and then you can plan to go to the store to get the fresh food and anything else that crops up nearer the time).

#7 – USE SALES IF YOU CAN

Make the most of what sales there are in the run up to Christmas – the earlier you start shopping the better really.

If you are REALLY organised, you may have shopped in last years new year sales for Christmas items for this year, or you may have done a little shopping throughout the year when things have been marked down.

And there are still some great sales on in the run up to Christmas as well. Days like Black Friday (usually the last Friday in November) have fantastic shopping deals available – if you can grab them!

7 Stress free (and easy!) Christmas Shopping Tips

These Christmas shopping tips should help you get everything you need with as little stress as possible (even given the queues!)

Remember to have a plan, have a budget, and shop at the right time – then you won’t go far wrong!

And don’t forget to grab your FREE eBook with all these tips and 90+ more to help you get Christmas sorted! – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

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