26 November, 2009

Tips to make Christmas shopping easy

It’s really easy to become overwhelmed at this time of year. Christmas parties, presents for teachers, cards, planning for feasts and shopping for presents...it’s almost enough to sap every last ounce of Christmas spirit out of you! Luckily, small things serve to remind you of the joy of this time of year and how something that seems so complicated is really very simple. For me, it was the excitement and pleasure that my daughter displayed as she spotted the decorations in shop windows a trip to the local shops. Christmas really IS an exciting time of year, especially when seen through the eyes of a child, so it’s time to tap into that excitement and approach the festivities with enthusiasm.

In order to do this, you need to have a plan, especially when it comes to shopping. The key is to be prepared. To assist you (and ourselves!), we’ve put together a few helpful suggestions to make this potentially overwhelming task simpler:

1. Get in early, beat the crowds - as the day progresses, the crowds swell...and so do your feet!

2. Set a budget and stick to it.

3. Write a list - write down what you think they would like, know what it is you are shopping for.

4. If all else fails, turn to the power of the internet. After all, on-line shopping is easy, fun and crowd-free!

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