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How to Get Organized With Your Christmas Shopping

 Even if you start the year with the best intentions, it’s easy to get to December without having bought or planned any gifts for family and friends. This doesn’t make the shopping experience pleasant, especially when you have to battle with big shopping crowds or out-of-stock items. Here’s how to really get organized this year so that, come December, you can sit back and enjoy the season!

1) Make A List and Start Listening

First things first, make a quick list of everyone who you need to buy gifts for this year. You can start this months in advance, and it’s easy to add to it if you forget anyone. It really helps to do this on the computer, (an Excel spreadsheet is good for this) that way you can add ideas as you think of them throughout the year.

Now is also the time to start listening and jotting down anything your family and friends mention. People usually give out lots of subconscious hints about gifts they’d like, but we’ll miss them all if we’re not in planning mode yet!

2) Create a Budget

Now that you know who you’re buying for, it’s time to figure out how much you’ve got to spend. Once you have that number, you can divide it between the number of people on your list. Of course, some people will get more gifts than others, so take this into account. Doing this a few months ahead of time is a good way to make sure Christmas costs don’t spiral out of control.

 3) Create a Shopping Plan

When you plan your gifts months in advance, the chances are you’ll simply come across the items when you’re out shopping for other things. However, for those people who aren’t so easy to buy for, make a plan to do your Christmas shopping on certain days. Aim to have it all finished by a fixed date e.g. December 10. That way you can make sure you aren’t wasting time going out on so many small shopping trips. Get it all done in just a few instead! And the best way, for me, is to do it all online. Then you can avoid all those last minute shoppers and crowds and make sure that what you have planned to buy is in stock.

4) Keep Updating Your List

 That list you made in step 1 needs to stay updated if you’re going to stay organized and stress-free. Every time you buy a gift for someone, cross it off the list. You can even add in how much you’ve spent if you really need to keep close track of your finances! Using an Excel spreadsheet is a great way to do this.

5) Store Your Gifts Safely

 Lastly, make sure you have a safe, hidden place to store all the gifts. Don’t forget to label them so that you don’t forget who you bought them for – even better just wrap them all in advance and save yourself some future work! This year I am going to do it in advance at not last thing on Christmas Eve as I usually od! I  wrap gifts for each person in the same wrapping paper so it looks really cool.And don’t forget to keep all the gift receipts in a safe place in case anyone wants to return or exchange their gift.

Gosh doesn’t the time fly by! It is still incredibly hot for the time of year here in Spain but Christmas is just around the corner. I am starting to do my Christmas shopping as, before you know it, Christmas will be here and I don’t want to have to rush around the stores with all those other last minute Christmas shoppers buying whatever is left on the shelves. Buying online just saves so much hassle.

The best thing to do is make a budget and a list of things to get and stick to it!! It is very tempting to go online and click merrily away but that leads to problems with your credit card after Christmas. Who wants to spend the best part of the next six months paying for Christmas gifts?

So make a list now of who you are going to buy gifts for. It doesn’t have to be an expensive gift but it has to be right for the person. Take a look at the things I have found for the people in your life. Even an inexpensive gift is cool if it is the right one.

It is also a great idea to buy a couple of extra things – just in case someone unexpected turns up! Your child, niece or nephew might arrive with a new partner or a neighbor pops round to wish you Happy Christmas. It happens all the time so be prepared. A stocking filler is great for a unisex present so check out my “Secret Santa” section.  http://www.auntyannlovescoolgifts.com/secret-santa-stocking-fillers/

Start now and that way you won’t be the one stressed out come Christmas Eve. Then you can sit back and enjoy an nice Egg Nog – if that is your poison! :)

 

 

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It doesn’t matter whether you give Christmas presents, birthday presents, wedding gifts or a gift to celebrate a special occasion such as a baby shower or a graduation gift, the perfect gift shows that you care. It can be so hard to find what they really want. Well, here I want to help take the strain out of gift giving, to save you time going to the mall or shopping center only to find out that what you had in mind is no longer available. Or to save you time standing in line to pay.

On the Internet, the perfect present is just a click away. And even if it is a last minute rush, most websites offer you a next day delivery.

The best way to make sure you don’t forget anyone is to make a list and cross the gift off once you have bought it. Once it arrives, wrap and label it immediately so you are not up to the early hours of the morning frantically wrapping. I know as it has happened to me! I tend to wrap all the presents for one person in the same wrapping paper. It looks really cool and helps you know how many presents you have got for each person once you pile them up.

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One of the dangers of online shopping is that we tend to go over the top and spend too much so make a budget and stick to it. Make sure that you have everyone on your list and work out how much you want to spend on each person. Spread your buying over a few months and then come January you won’t be the one agonizing about how much you have maxed out your credit card and worrying the monthly repayments.

 

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