Saturday, 5 December 2015

HOW TO SHOP AT CHRISTMAS | BLOGMAS DAY 5

Hey everyone and happy 5th of December,

I am so busy with writing my assignments but I want to carry on and make sure I write a post every day, up until Christmas Eve and I was struggling to know what to write about. But I thought what is the most stressful part of Christmas and that has to be Christmas shopping, especially if you leave it too late. If you follow me on Twitter you will know that I started my Christmas shopping the first week of November and I know that is very early but I knew I had so many assignments due around this time and I just wanted to make sure it was hassle-free. But we now only have a few weeks until Christmas Day and the shops are getting busier and busier and it can be very stressful, especially when products start to sell out very quickly. So here are my tips to try and make Christmas shopping a bit more stress-free this year:


Don't leave it til the last minute
Not everyone is like me and starts buying their presents in November, but you do not want to leave it until Christmas Eve, especially if its a popular item which you know could be sold out. Also this way the crowds shouldn't be as hectic and the lines shouldn't be as long, but I know that they are starting to get long in quite a few shops and it is ridiculous. Always start your shopping in the first week of December so that you won't be stressed out trying to buy presents nearer to the day.

Plan out who you have to buy for this year
I always create lists of who I have to buy for. Luckily this year I am only buying presents for my family, because my friends and I don't see the point in buying each other gifts right now and a lot of us are students who can't really afford it anyway. But we are going to meet up for a meal which should be really good and has been a little tradition for the last few years and it saves buying everyone an individual present. But if you know that you have a lot of people to buy for then make sure you write down every name and then you can see if there is anyone you have missed.

Make a list of what presents you want to get each person
Once you have created a list of who you want to buy for then next to their name or under their name, write what you would like to buy them. I would suggest having a few options just in case the first item is sold out or you can't find it. This should make your shopping trip stress-free and that way you don't have to try and think what to get your family and friends when it's hectic and you're in the middle of a crowded store. Also check what shops sell that product online first so you know which stores you need to go into so you're only going in stores that actually sell the products you want.

Shop online and collect in store
I have done this with a couple of items because it is so much easier than trying to go in a store and look for presents. Also it means you don't have to rummage and fight people for the last product on the shelf. Also it is better to collect in store when you order online because usually the brand will offer free delivery when they send it to their store (but make sure you check whether this is the case on their website first). Therefore all you have to do is go to the store once your presents are delivered and you just have to queue up.

Buy extra gifts
Always buy a couple of gifts that can be given to a man and a couple of gifts that can be given to a woman and then wrap them up and place a post-it note on top of each present telling you what is in each present. This way you won't be caught off-guard if someone was going to give you a present that you didn't know about.

Set a budget for how much you want to spend on each person
This is pretty self-explanatory but sometimes people can spend so much on Christmas presents and not even realise it and I have definitely done that this year. I wish I had budgeted more but I didn't and luckily I can afford it but I know some people need to stick to a budget, so it is always best to set a limit on how much you want to spend on each person. If you don't trust yourself then maybe set a budget and then take out that budget in cash and leave your credit and debit cards at home somewhere safe so you don't go over that budget. I have done this in the past and it works because I know I only have that cash to spend.

Always get a gift receipt
When stores ask me if I want a gift receipt I usually say no and I wish I didn't but usually the gifts I buy, I know the person will love, but there have been cases where I have got someone a present and I wish I had given a gift receipt with it so they could exchange it or return it. There are times when we get presents that we already have, or we aren't keen on and sometimes the product can be broken. I would always suggest getting a gift receipt for more expensive gifts but I would keep the receipt for everything even if it only cost me £5 just in case.

Reward yourself
It's all good buying presents for other people but after dealing with the shopping process it is always best to treat yourself to something. I treated myself to the Lush Golden Wonder gift set which was only £8.95 but your treat could be something that you really want or it could just be getting a cake from your favourite store or bakery. If you know that you are going to get a reward at the end then it can make the shopping experience more fun and you get something nice at the end of it.

I hope that some of these tips can help you all out with your Christmas shopping. Also if you are having trouble finding presents for stockings or if you are on a budget then I will be having two stocking gift guides up next weekend, one will be for her and one will be for him and they will all be under £15, which I am excited to write and shop for as well. I hope you all have a great weekend and check out my blog tomorrow when I will have a new blog post up.
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