The build up to Christmas can be an extremely busy time, especially if you work full time or have a family to look after. With all the festivities and planning going on, it can be easy to fall behind with your Christmas shopping. Luckily for you, we have put together some last minute hacks to ensure that the big day runs smoothly!
“Making a list and checking it twice”
As the famous Christmas song says, make a list (and check it twice!).
This will allow you to physically see everything you have left to buy and you can cross it off once you’ve got it. Plan exactly what you want to get for each person in advance, along with the price and best place to purchase it. And with your list in hand, there is no way your shopping will go awry or over-budget.
Order gifts online
As soon as the holiday season begins, the shopping centres go crazy, rammed with hundreds of people all day, every day. The best way to avoid this chaos is to shop online from the comfort of your own home. Plus, if you have left it to the last minute, next day delivery will save the day if you don’t have a chance to get to the shops.
Vouchers can be exciting
If one of your loved ones is particularly hard to buy for or already has everything anyone could ever need, vouchers are the perfect solution.
From experience days to their favourite restaurant, with so many options available, you can still choose one personal item for them that you know they will use. Or, our flexible Love 2 Shop vouchers means they can have their pick of over 20, 000 high street stores, something everyone would appreciate.
Subscribe on their behalf
Subscription fees are something that don’t seem like much at the time but the cost can really add up if paying for multiple each month. Take the weight off and purchase a friend or families’ Netflix subscription, favourite magazine or beauty box subscription on their behalf. This will show that you have thought practically about a gift that would benefit them but also bring them enjoyment each month, not just at Christmas.
There is nothing more personal than a homemade gift, something that you have taken the time and effort to create.
If baking is your forte, why not whip up a batch of festive cookies or a tray bake. Presented in clear cellophane with a ribbon and tag or in a nice seasonal tin makes the perfect present, especially for the foodies in your life.
If your talents lie elsewhere, why not get crafty instead. A personal painting or sentimental photobook will go a long way in the eyes of the recipient and doesn’t have to cost much at all.
The beauty of re-gifting
It always seems like such a shame when you receive a gift that you don’t want or won’t ever use. Of course, you kindly accept the gift anyway to avoid looking rude or ungrateful. As long as it doesn’t end up going back to the person that originally gave it to you, re-gifting can be a great solution to this problem. Plus, it will go to a good home and to someone that will genuinely appreciate it.
Give a stocking
If you are still stuck on gift ideas for that pesky friend or family member, have you considered giving them a stocking filled with their favourite bits and bobs instead of one main gift? By doing this, they have lots of little things to open that you can be sure they will like without wasting money on one expensive item. Check out our budget friendly stocking filler ideas if you need a helping hand.
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