Love it or loath it Christmas is just around the corner and now is the time to start thinking about what you are going to be buying this year!
I am totally guilty of being the one rushing about a week before Christmas buying gifts and staying up until midnight Christmas Eve frantically wrapping. However 2017 is the year of the calm Christmas I am stepping up my game, getting organised and hoping to spend less than I usually do.
I thought I would share with you some tips I have picked up (and am trying to implement) to achieve just that a calm, organised and fun Christmas.
- Save the pennies; Okay so the earlier you start this one the better, but put even now just putting some cash aside each week will help come Christmas. It’s also one to remember for the new year even a few quid each week will make such a difference.
- Set a budget; set yourself a budget whether its per person or over all have a limit and stick to it, it’s so easy to get carried away. Christmas is about so much more than presents so never feel like you have to ‘keep up with the Jones’s’.
- Make a list; No your not sending this to Santa and hoping for the best; this list is for you to keep track of who you need to buy for, how much you are planning to spend and any likes/dislikes or gift ideas.
Trust me if you don’t have the list you will forget someone!
- Start shopping earlier; now is the time to buy. The shops are filling up with gift sets; I’ve been buying a couple of bits a week so that December doesn’t hit my bank balance like a ton of bricks.
- Online sales are the one; Black Friday is approaching ’24th of November’ put it in the diary. This is when you want to have a child free day to be online nabbing some amazing deals. The savings you can make are insane so it is definitely worth signing up for deal alerts now at AO.com.
- Buy & Wrap; Wrap things up as you buy, one it stops sneaky little ones spying on gifts but it also means you wont be leaving it to Christmas Eve like I do! Just don’t forget to label as you go as well or it could make for a tough guessing game Christmas morning.
Those are just some of my tips for getting your Christmas shopping prepared and organised. I hope they come in handy now I am off to start list making!
This post is written in collaboration with AO.com.