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Tops Tips To Avoid Pre-Christmas Panic

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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.

presents with lights inDecide 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!


  1. Great tip, especially about planning out delivery. That’s the one that always gets me. I buy the gifts early and then forget to send them early enough. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  2. Great plan! I always pick up presents whenever I see a good deal throughout the year so that’s quickly out of the way. 🙂 #ablogginggoodtime

  3. If it gets done, great. But I dont stress if something hasn’t happend in time. Its only a day and it’s not worth my stress. #ablogginggoodtime

  4. Kate says:

    Good tips. This year I have taken a chilled approach and the family seems happier for that weirdly. Perfection is impossible anyway so why bother trying for it? #ABloggingGoodTime

  5. Rosie Doal says:

    I love tips on anything and everything but I love reading anything about Christmas. I plan ahead and organise myself every year so I’m not in a panic – but wrapping paper always gets me! I will stock up for sure this year well in advance x #ABloggingGoodTime

  6. Some really good tips, I find shopping online saves so much stress! #ablogginggoodtime

  7. Helena says:

    Some people work well under pressure but others don’t. I’d rather not feel too rushed and these are great tips to avoid stressing out. #ablogginggoodtime

  8. Crummy Mummy says:

    All sage advice! It’s finding the time though isn’t it! #ablogginggoodtime

  9. Lisa Pomerantz says:

    Oh, the pressure cooker of the holiday season has begun, and in our multicultural household, Hanukkah starts Sunday! EEEK! And Christmas, well that is shortly thereafter. Thank you for these tips. I will begin them today. Repeats: Quiet happy place over and over… #ablogginggoodtime xoxo Katie!

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