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The title of this post is a bit misleading.
Let’s be honest. If you’ve left your Christmas shopping until now, there’s definitely going to be some stress involved. What were you thinking?? Didn’t you read my post about how to get organised in July to save time in December??
I guess you didn’t. Either that, or you figured you had plenty of time… which then quickly ran out. But there are ways to limit the stress.
My tips for stress free-ish Christmas shopping
Where should I start…
Lists are super important, if you want to get organised. And you do. Trust me. If you want to limit your Christmas shopping stress, you want to get organised. You need to know exactly what you need to buy and who you need to buy for. Decide on your budget ahead of time and try to make note of where you can buy everything on the list. Shopping trips will be quicker if you know what shops you need to go to.
Write this list before you start shopping and you’ll avoid the stress of visiting five shops when you only really need to go to one.
This one is a no-brainer, right? It’s almost too obvious to be on this list. Do as much of your Christmas shopping online as you can. You will completely avoid the stress of the shopping in stores at the same time as everyone else who left their Christmas Shopping until the last minute.
But you have to be careful. Check delivery times. You don’t want to order the perfect gift for your mum and then find that it won’t be delivered until after Christmas.
Pick your Christmas shopping time wisely
If you can’t shop online, at least avoid going shopping when you know it’s going to be busiest. Weekends in December are a big no-no. If you can shop during the day, Monday to Friday, it will probably be less hectic. No help to people who work full time, I know. Even shopping in the evening will be less busy than weekends and lots of shops do extended opening hours in December, so take advantage of them!
Leave the kids at home
Christmas shopping, if you can sort out childcare, is much much much less stressful without children. The little ones in buggies make getting around shops tricky, especially when the shops are extra busy. And the bigger ones will want to look at things you don’t want to buy, or try to wander off or get bored, and there is nothing more stressful than being hurried when you’re trying to do your shopping.
Go on your own and you’ll get your shopping done much more quickly and without having to bribe anyone to behave with treats. Not that I would ever do that with the twins…
Only buy what you absolutely need to
You’ve got your list. Stick to it. Try to visit as few shops as you can. Avoid last minute additions to the list, if you can manage it. Don’t question whether you decided on the right gift and spend half an hour staring at the gift and wondering whether it’s the right one (yep, I’m guilty of this one – ask Mr Becca). Trust your list. You were probably thinking more clearly when you wrote it than you will be when you’re in the middle of a busy shopping centre.
So, there you have it! My tips for making Christmas Shopping in December as stress free as possible. And if you want one more tip…