How To Survive The Christmas Shopping Trip…

 Christmas Shopping

Hello lovelies,

The jingle of sleigh bells, shop windows filled with fairy lights and the waft of cinnamon candles can only mean one thing – it’s that time of year again; time to brave the hoards of high street shoppers in search of the perfect pressie as we prepare to get trodden on, elbowed and bled dry of our monthly earnings. Yes, it’s Christmas Shopping Season!

However it doesn’t have to be as stressful as rumour has it, in fact if you play your cards right you might actually find yourself having a jolly good time… so here’s my top tips on how to turn the festive frenzy into tidings of comfort & joy:

Become an A-Lister:

Wandering around aimlessly searching for Christmas gift inspiration can be stressful & tedious. Rather than shopping blindly, curl up with a note pad and jot down everyone you plan on buying for first. Think of their personalities, interests, hobbies etc. and go from there. Alternatively nab a few high street catalogues or pop online and I’ll guarantee your gift buying juices will flow. If you’re still struggling check out Not On The High Street, which is crammed full of unique little gift ideas from some of the UK’s best creative businesses!

The Early Bird Catches the Worm Gift:

Keep in mind that evenings and weekends are peak times for big spenders so it’s no surprise that this comes with a mass of queues and disgruntled shoppers. If possible save yourself the hassle and schedule your trip for an early week morning, whilst others are on their way to work or caught up in the school run you’ll be sure to find the space you need to browse the shelves without risking a bruised rib or trampled toe.

Dress Sense:

Last year I witnessed at least 4 major falls from girls slipping or tripping as a result of tottering around in six inch stilettos. Gear up with your comfiest shoes, a cosy jacket that is light enough to pop in a bag should you begin to wilt and a practical handbag that is easily slung over the shoulder – leaving your hands free to grab those bargains.

Fantastic Plastic:

It may be the season of goodwill but a high street full of handbags is a winter wonderland for a sticky fingered thief. Don’t be tempted to carry large amounts of cash, keep valuables at home and if you’re leaving bags of shopping in your car make sure they’re out of sight. Seems like common sense but it’s amazing how many shoppers just don’t get it – not everyone is as honest as you are!

Having Reservations?

If you’re pushed for time or prefer an organised approach to shopping why not opt for reservation instead? Many of the major retailers allow you to collect the gifts instore that you’ve pre-ordered from online which is perfect for those who are doomed to miss delivery vans or may want to check sizing. This saves a whole lotta time and energy by allowing you to browse peacefully from the comfort of your own sofa/office chair/loo *delete as appropriate*

Rope in a Relative:

If the thought of stepping out into the harsh winter weather, laden with bags is too much for you to comprehend or you have a work schedule that’s busier than Rudolf’s come Christmas Eve, then sticking to ordering your goodies online is probably the best stress-free solution to your quandary. However to avoid a delivery dilemma why not ask a relative or friend who works from home if they would mind your goodies arriving at their abode instead? That way all you have to do is call in and collect on your way home without any worry.

Channel Shopping:

Okay, so it might get a reputation of being a haven for bored housewives but there are actually quite a few nifty little items to be found on the shopping channels these days. Plus anything you see is tirelessly demonstrated, so if your Dad’s scratching his cranium over the new coffee machine you bought him, chances are you’ll probably be able to work it better than any budding Barista – all thanks to the 20 minute sales pitch you endured.

Budget Busters:

Don’t forget to check out voucher sites such as Wowcher & Groupon as some of the offers are pretty darn impressive compared to the retail value elsewhere. Keep an eye out for high street deals such as ‘three for the price of two’ and check out Money Saving Expert for lots of really useful money saving tips, advice and voucher codes to help keep more pennies in your pocket.

Love Your Locals:

Needless to say when most of us think of Christmas Shopping we immediately think of huge glitzy department stores, personal shoppers and gift wrapping services, when in fact there is a multitude of wonderful little shops and businesses out there that provide an outstanding level of service and selection of goods that can’t be found on the shelves of their corporate counter-parts. By supporting local businesses you’re keeping the essence of your town alive and helping a small business stay trading!

It’s easy to get carried away with all the hype in the run up to the big day but it’s important for us all to keep in mind the reason for the season and enjoy every moment with our nearest and dearest too don’t you think?

If you have any top tips on keeping stress levels under wraps this Christmas or would like to share how you tackle your festive shopping I’d love to read about it in the comments below…

Cheerio Chums 🙂

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32 thoughts on “How To Survive The Christmas Shopping Trip…

  1. These are wonderful tips, Karen! I feel so excited for Christmas this year and this article just has me more excited. 😀 It’s always so lovely and warm here on Christmas day. I think I would still like to experience a cold or snowy Christmas one day though. I think that would be amazing to experience Christmas as it is always depicted instead of in summer heat.

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    • It’s fab that you’re already feeling all excited and festive as the countdown to the big day begins. Oddly I feel very calm about it all this year and am in now way stressing out or getting myself in a shopping frenzy – I’m keeping focused on family & fun. Funny you should mention the Christmas weather as my hubby spent most of his childhood in Australia so many of his Christmases where very hot in comparison to our cold ones here in the UK & Ireland. I must admit I love the snow & getting all wrapped up for it. But I do have one burning question… are your Christmas cards still snowy ones or is your Santa depicted in his speedo’s and wearing a set of trendy shades seeing as it’s rather hot?! lol Quite a valid thought don’t you think!! hohoho *gee I’m on a roll today* 😀 Xo

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      • Hahahaha that is a brilliant thought! No, he doesn’t wear a speedo on our Christmas cards, thankfully. 😀 My mother always says that she doesn’t like buying Christmas cards with snowmen and the like on because it isn’t really applicable to us with our very warm Christmases. I think it must be nice to be able to reference both types of weather on Christmas. I really enjoy wearing pretty summery dresses though so I think I would miss that. I buy a new dress each year to wear on Christmas day. It’s all part of the fun! 😀
        I never really get pulled into the hype of frantic shopping. I only buy gifts for people I know really well and gifting them is so easy. With my brother, for example, I have a tradition with him so I get him the same thing every year with just a little extra surprise. It’s the personal touches which I really love. 🙂 Hahaha it’s one way to get into the Christmas spirit. 😉 I have been a serial talker the entire day today so forgive my ramblings. 😀 xx

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      • Lol don’t be silly – always enjoy reading your ramblings 😀 I agree with your mum, I’d feel a bit weird buying a card that’s not really applicable given the warm weather lol Awh, your Christmas sounds lovely, so mice having the traditions and a pretty new dress to enjoy it all in!!! Sounds so much fun & family orientate – the way it should be 🙂 XX

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      • It is lovely! 😀 My brother won’t be with us this year but we will still make it special. 😀 There is nothing better than spending time with family surrounded by amazing food and a glass of champagne in hand. 😀 xx

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    • I love Christmas shopping too – though I will say that I do do a bulk of it online as I love wandering around the shops and enjoy the atmosphere rather than stress about what and who I need to buy for, if that makes sense?! lol I love the sights and sounds of the experience – especially calling in to a little cafe for a hot chocolate and looking out at all the shoppers bustling about. So exciting!! Thanks for commenting hun 🙂 X

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    • Thanks so much, such a lovely compliment Sally!! So many people dread it – you’re not alone! It can be an absolute nightmare especially if you head into town during the peak times etc. I tend to do a good bit of mine online and soak up the atmosphere of evening shopping rather than run about overly stressed lol 😀

      Ooooh thank you soooo much for my nomination – much appreciated!!! Thrilled that you thought of me, shall try and get it nailed over the weekend – you are such a gem, it has made my day 🙂 XO

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  2. Super tips! I am about to start Christmas shopping myself, so I am glad to have read this. I have made the wardrobe mistake before. Heels are not practical or comfy enough to be shopping all day! I love the list tip, it really keeps things organized! And I also love local shops! I feel like they do get overlooked! Happy shopping!!

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    • Thanks so much Cyndel 🙂 I think we’ve pretty much all been there at some point with the bad wardrobe choice (and painfully paid for it!!) I love flat boots – warm and comfy, just can’t beat it lol Yep, local shops are great and as you say so often overlooked! xo

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    • Thank you for commenting and also the award nomination *yay* Funny I spotted your post this morning before this comment – always a shock when you see your name unexpectedly on someone elses blog for an award lol Such an awesome feeling hehe Thank you so so so much – very flattered to be nominated and will tackle posting it this weekend 🙂 Karen Xo

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  3. Hi Karen! Fabulous post! Holiday shopping can seem so daunting, but having a game plan really helps turn it into a fun experience. And, I agree that timing is everything. Starting now, and avoiding peek times is a must for me. I don’t do well in crowds, so this is an absolute must. I hope that your holiday shopping goes well. 😉 Have a lovely day! Xo, Maria

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    • Hi Maria, thanks so much for the lovely comment – so glad you enjoyed the article 🙂 Yes, it can get reeeeally stressful but I’ve vowed this year not to let it get the better of me! I’m not a crowd person either, anything to avoid the hustle and bustle. I hope yours goes well too 🙂 Xo

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