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How to Survive Christmas Shopping

Tis the season to be jolly! But shopping for Christmas presents can be a stressful time, even for those amongst us who could shop till we drop! Here’s our top tips for surviving the Christmas shopping period.

 

 

-Start your shopping early

It’s always best to start Christmas shopping early, you don’t want to get to Christmas Eve and realise you’ve forgotten something! Starting early may also help reduce the level of stress that can come along with the festive period, with Christmas plans to be arranged and the dinner to be prepped; getting the presents out of the way can be one less thing on your list of things to do so you can focus on what truly matters at Christmas.

-Make a list

Make a set budget for spending and avoid impulse buying. Buying impulse presents can result in you spending a small fortune on little things that may not even be wanted or will be forgotten or discarded on Christmas.

-Always pack an umbrella

Weather can be unpredictable and even though you’ll be going shop to shop, you could get stuck in a downpour of rain whilst walking along the high street. There’s nothing worse than having to walk around town with drenched clothes and feeling cold. A golf umbrella may be a great option to go for, so you can keep the shopping bags dry and avoid them ripping.

-Sensible shoes

You’ll be doing a lot of running around the shops and heeled shoes just won’t cut it! Make sure your shoes are comfortable and ideally padded to make sure you don’t put pressure on the soles and ankles as you go around the shops. You may be shopping the whole day and you don’t want to have to stop every two minutes because your feet hurt- you will just not get anything done!

-Black Friday sales

The sales are a great way to pick up a bargain as the shops drop the prices of their must-have products. Black Friday is probably one of the most popular sales events of the year as the prices drop so low; this year Black Friday will fall on November 25th. This also means that the shops will be rammed during these peak sale times so be prepared for a bit of hustle and bustle. You may have to get down to town early and make sure you know what you’re looking for, else you will miss out. If this sounds like more hassle than its worth, check online for any sales.

-Pack a bottle of water

There’s nothing worse than being dehydrated. The coffee shops may be packed of exhausted shoppers so getting a drink may be more difficult than you expect. Make sure to pop a bottle of water in your bag so you can keep hydrated throughout the day.

-Try a new shopping scene

Christmas shopping in the same town you shop in everyday can get a bit monotonous, why not take this time to venture to a new place? There are several places around the UK, such as Lincoln and Bath, that have great Christmas markets, where you can enjoy hand-crafted gifts along with all the festive cheer. Hog roasts, turkey and stuffing, mulled wine and gingerbread houses are amongst a few of the festive delights you can fuel up on after your day of shopping.

-Online shopping

Avoid the hassle of the high street altogether and turn to the online shops instead.  Stay in your comfy clothes whilst watching the Christmas movies, with a nice cup of tea, and leisurely shop with the click of a button. The presents will be delivered to you, so no need to even leave the house this chilly November! We recommend starting this early to avoid delayed delivery times.

Above all, make sure you have fun whilst shopping. Christmas is all about the festive cheer after all!