10 top tips to take the stress out of Christmas shopping
Edenderry's Ciara Dempsey from the My Camera, My Boys and Me blog to bring you all things family life, parenting, fashion and lifestyle. This week Ciara has 10 top tips to take the stress out of Christmas shopping. Hallelujah!
1. Shop during school times
Try to time the majority of your shopping when the children are in school and the shops aren’t so busy. Not only will you be childfree but so are the shops.
2. Online shopping
With four children I've discovered the joy that is online shopping. Not only do you avoid the chaos of the shops like the crowds, parking and the noise, you can do it all in the comfort of your own home without having to set foot off the couch.
3. Late night shopping
Coming up to Christmas shops extend their opening hours, so this means another good time to shop is in the late evening when all the children are in bed. So it's not only a great time to get those certain special gifts but also time out for you.
4. Start early
As crazy as it sounds if you can start in September then do it, pick up little and often. Before you know it most of your Christmas shopping will be done before December rolls around.
5. Savings club
My husband and I have a savings club in stores like our local food store and butchers. This takes away a lot of financial stress on the run-up to Christmas. We start saving as little as €5 a week as early in the year as we can.
6. Make lists
Make lists of who you have to buy for and what you have in mind for them. If needed include sizes of clothes and shoes. This will take away unnecessary pondering while out shopping.
7. Buy in bulk
See a good deal on toys, chocolates or candles - get them. Buy plenty if your Christmas list is a long one. Selection boxes and candles are always ideal to hand out over the Christmas period.
8. Divide and conquer
If you and your partner manage to go shopping together, split up. That way you're getting double the amount of gifts in half the time.
9. Eat well and leave early
If you make sure you hit the shops very early in the day you will avoid the usual lunchtime hustle and bustle. Also if you ensure to eat properly before you leave you will avoid the usual task of wrestling for a table in the food courts when the hunger kicks in.
10. Remember it’s the thought that counts
It's simple but true, don’t spend time agonising over the perfect gift. The thought and the effort are what mean so much more to the person in receipt of the gift.
Hope these tips help and remember happy shopping. For more from Ciara, head over to her Instagram account HERE.