Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
everything is softer and more beautiful.
– Norman Vincent Peale
I am not exactly a noob when it comes to Christmas shopping, but each year I still learn something new (it’s all about trial and error in the end).
Here are a few things that I have noticed around this time of the year:
- Let’s face it, if you want some really good-looking Christmas wrapping and decorations, you need to budget for it. Good things aren’t cheap, sadly. However, shopping the week before Christmas is a brilliant way to save money on all of that wrapping paper! I managed to get my hands on some beautiful Christmas wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbons and bows for (literally) half the price that they were a week ago. CNA currently has a 50% sale on all of their Christmas-themed items (you can thank me later). This is, of course, if you are prepared to face the war-zone that the mall becomes at this time of the year.
- Taking advantage of sales is so worth it, especially the “buy three for two” sales. This worked really well between my boyfriend and I! I managed to use these sales to my advantage on two occasions, ticking off FIVE people on my list.
- Making a physical list of the items you plan on buying for your loved ones is a necessity. Every year I made a mental list and found myself walking around the mall too many times to count. Eventually, I would leave with nothing and then repeat the process. This year, I made a list on my phone and managed to buy 90% of the items on my shopping list in one go!
- Have a Plan A, B and C when it comes to gift ideas for each person. If you have your heart set on a certain something for someone, chances are it could be completely gone by the time you get to the mall. Instead of wasting time thinking of a replacement, have it on your list!
- Do all of your Christmas shopping having had a good night’s rest, a satisfactory amount of food and drink, and wearing shoes as comfy as your slippers. That way, your focus can be solely on the task at hand, not on your stomach eating itself.
Do you have any tips for Christmas shopping?