I think we can all agree, Christmas shopping can be kinda daunting. Some years I’m lucky and I have so many good ideas of what to get people, but some years, like this year, I had very few ideas. And then, even when you get your ideas sorted, actually getting the presents is a whole ‘nother story! There’s so much organisation involved, whether it’s delivery dates, getting to the shops or waiting for something to arrive in time. And this year, we have a whole pandemic to contend with at the same time!
So, for Blogmas Day 2, I thought I’d put together a list of a few tips on how to manage Christmas shopping during this very weird year.
Set a budget
Everything this year has been so tough for a lot of people, not least financially. So, my first tip is to set a budget. It’s OK if this Christmas isn’t as ‘big’ as previous years or you can’t spend as much as you usually do. Your loved ones will understand and the money you spend isn’t the most important part of the festive season. If you’re stressing about not having enough money to spend the amount you usually do, set a budget that you’re comfortable with and go with it. I have a ‘gift guide on a budget’ coming up soon, too, so keep an eye out for that if you need some ideas!
Start with a list of people
It can feel so daunting to have a mental lists, one of people to buy for and another of ideas of things to get them! So, start out by physically writing out a list, whether with pen or paper or on your phone. I have a list on my phone and it really helps me keep track of everyone I need to buy for and everything I need to get.
If you’re not sure on what to get people, start brainstorming ideas. Type a few of their favourite things or perhaps items or ideas they’ve mentioned into Google and see what comes up. There’s a lot of advertising going on this time of year so you’re likely to find something suitable, or at least something that sparks another idea! This is how I find some of the best personal and sentimental gifts!
Have a look online
As we can’t really go to shops this year, or even if we can, you may not want to, try online first. In recent years, I’ve been getting more and more of my Christmas presents online. Don’t get me wrong, I love a trip to the shops over the festive period, but it’s just so easy to get stuff delivered straight to you. I would recommend trying small businesses first – Etsy, Depop, Not on the High Street or even Instagram. I find that they’re the best places to find really personal, thoughtful gifts, and you’re supporting a small businesses at the same time! But, make sure you…
Plan in advance to allow for delivery
If you’re ordering online, always double check delivery dates! I think most sites list 21st of December as the last day for delivery before Christmas but always double check, especially this year as delivery times may be affected by the pandemic. There’s nothing worse than having to tell to someone that their present hasn’t arrived yet.
Don’t worry if you do need to go out to the shops
There are some things that you just can’t get online. So, if you do need to go out to the shops this year, don’t feel guilty and make sure you take all the precautions you can to stay safe. Wear your mask, wash your hands and get in and out of the shops as quick as you can!
Do you have any more tips for Christmas shopping this year? I think we all know Christmas shopping is going to be different this year but hopefully it’ll be as stress free as possible!