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There is a lot to organise in the run up to Christmas. Decorating the house, buying gifts, planning visits to relatives, organising the festive food, the list goes on! Leaving everything to the last minute can make your Christmas quickly turn from festive fun into a logistical nightmare. Here are our top tips for a hassle-free Christmas season.
Pre-Plan Your Presents
Let’s be real. You are never going to find the perfect present in a panic at 5pm on Christmas Eve. Start thinking about your gifts at least a month in advance. Write a list of everyone you need to buy for and start putting ideas down next to their name. Then have a browse online for any deals you can find – Black Friday is a great opportunity for grabbing a gift at a bargain price. It falls on Friday 23rd November this year with over 90% of UK stores slashing prices. But stock is often limited, so buy early to avoid disappointment.
Decide on Delivery
Most of us have family and friends that live too far away to pop round with their presents. Make sure you sort out your postage in advance, so you know their gifts will arrive in time for Christmas. It’s important to consider how far away they are, and how long it will realistically take at this busy time of year to get to them. To avoid those dreaded queues in your local post office, opt for a parcel delivery service instead. You can either get them to collect your parcel from home at a time to suit you or drop it at a local collection point to fit around your hectic schedule.
Buy Plenty of Wrapping Paper
We’ve all been there. You’re right in the middle of wrapping your presents in a panic on Christmas Eve. You reach for the roll of sparkly paper and pull, only to realise you’ve reached the end of the roll. Damn. There must be another roll of paper somewhere? No? Oh god, do I have to resort to wrapping with kitchen foil?! Avoid the paper dilemma by buying your wrapping paper early and always buy more than you think you’ll need. Anything you don’t use you can stash away until next Christmas anyway, so it won’t go to waste!
So, if you want to avoid the pre-Christmas panic this year, follow these top tips for a fun-filled festive season!