Have you left all shopping to the last minute? Are you wise and have ordered all your gifts online? I’ve compiled my top tips for the final week of Christmas shopping.
Go with a plan
For the next week, town and shops will be mayhem. Try your best to be in and out of there as soon as you can. If you know what you’re looking for, it’ll cut your time in half!
If you see something you’ll regret not buying for yourself, you need to buy it. I know, I’m a bad influence, but if you have enough money in your budget to get yourself AND someone else a gift then I encourage you to do so (I’m the evil devil sitting on your shoulder).
Remember your manners
I beg of you, remember your “please” and “thank you” when you’re shopping. Working in retail during Christmas is hell on earth…I kid you not. This will be my first Christmas in 5 years that I won’t be working in retail and I cannot describe my happiness and excitement! Believe me, the staff are not being paid enough to deal with rude and unpleasant customers all year round, ESPECIALLY during the Christmas period.
Don’t be lazy
Buying vouchers for shops is the easy, lazy way out of Christmas shopping. Unless of course the person you are buying them for has specifically asked for them. Have a think about each loved one you are buying a gift for, their likes, their quirks, and the type of personality they have. There are bound to be thousands of gifts you can find for them. I’m forever recommending Groupon and Amazon (not a #spon) for people stuck trying to find the perfect, beneficial gift.
Don’t leave yourself short on money
Christmas is a time for joy and cheer, giving gifts and maybe receiving the odd few too! However, I always see photos on social media on Christmas Day of rooms filled with presents, but all I can think is, “holy flip, how much did that cost?!” January is a difficult enough month without having to think about how you’re going to afford to eat throughout it! If you can’t afford to buy a loved one all the gifts in the world, that’s ok!
If the gift is something you don’t want to have to give away, it means you’ve bought a winning prezzie!
Merry Christmas, I hope you all have a wonderful day!