With only four weeks until Christmas, it seems like the perfect time to get organised and begin buying presents. Searching for gifts can be overwhelming to say the least, so I want to give you some of my best tips to make your Christmas shopping a stress-free experience.
1. Make a list, and check it twice!
This step seems like a no-brainer, but it will make your life so much easier. Write out a list with all of the names of the family and friends that you are buying for. As you buy each of individual a present, tick their name off of the list. Remember to bring the list with you as you shop, so that you will not forget anyone!
2. Create a budget.
Have you noticed how expensive gifts can be? If you are buying for a large group of people, it is important to set a budget. If not, you run the risk of going overboard with presents.
You should really set two budgets when shopping for Christmas. The first is an overall amount that you are willing to spend altogether. For example, I might plan to spend around $300 on my shopping, as I purchase gifts for my immediate family and a few of my closest friends. The second budget is an estimate of how much you want to spend per person, and can change for each individual present. With this system in mind, you will avoid overspending and you might even have some money left to spoil yourself this Christmas! #treatyoself
3. Have a deadline.
If Christmas Eve is your deadline, good luck. I know I enjoy visiting shopping centres like Chadstone amidst the seasonal buzz, but just be prepared to wait in lines and experience chaos. My tip is to have a deadline date to have your shopping completed. For some, this may be early December, and for others it might be a week before the big day. Either way, have a goal in mind so you can rest easy on the days before Christmas, knowing your presents are all wrapped up and ready to go!
4. Know thy shopping centre…
The best part about Christmas? The extended shopping hours of course! I just love spending nights in the lead up to Christmas out and about, listening to carols as I look into beautifully decorated store windows…
It is important to familiarise yourself with the Christmas trading hours of your local shopping centre. Most centres will be open until 9pm in the week leading up to Christmas, with some even hosting 34 hour shopping events (getting a carpark might not be so easy)!
5. Rest assured, there is always something.
It can be stressful knowing what to buy. When in doubt, venture to the Giftorium usually located on the top floor of Myer stores. I recently visited the one in Chadstone, which offers personalisation on Nutella jars, M&M buckets and even Barbie dolls. Gifts like these are affordable, thoughtful and sure to impress the person you are buying for!
6. Give the best gift this Christmas.
The spirit of giving does not have to end with those you know. Christmas is a time to remember those in need, who cannot celebrate the way that some of us do. Generosity at this time of year can really make a difference to families and children around the world, so support local charities gifting those in need.
Some of these worthy causes include:
7. Have fun!
If you are like me and you LOVE Christmas, take some time out to enjoy yourself. There is so much to see and do during the festive season. If you live in Melbourne remember to see the Myer Windows at Bourke Street Mall, or the gorgeous Tiffany & Co tree at Chadstone. Maximise your shopping experience by recharging your batteries with coffee at the Lindt Cafe in Chadstone where all coffee orders come with a complimentary Lindt chocolate ball…
There you have seven of my best Christmas shopping tips and tricks. If you have any other suggestions, leave a comment below. I am always looking for ways to become more shop savvy.
Chelsea Elizabeth xx