You’ve seen it out of the corner of your eye: the candy canes, the decorations, the wrapping paper.
Soon there will be carols playing over the loudspeaker in the supermarket and tinsel will adorn the shop windows. And with the approach of Christmas comes the necessity to buy Christmas presents for under the tree.
Searching for the perfect gift for friends and family isn’t always the easiest, or the most enjoyable task.
The crowds at shopping malls in the lead-up to Christmas can get pretty hectic and driving around the carpark for hours looking for a car space can put you off – they don’t call it the silly season for nothing.
You may have a lot of people to buy for, or you may have the hardest task of all: buying something for the person who has everything. But before you hit the shops, there are a few great ways to get yourself organised and make this year a much more fun experience.
Firstly, write a list of who you need to buy for. This will give you a clear idea of how many gifts you’ll need to get and ensure you won’t forget anyone.
Decide on a budget or gift limit and try to stick to it.
Get your family to write their wishlists – this ensures they receive things they need and want, rather than gifts they’ll never use. It helps you with plenty of ideas too!
For those other people – aunts, uncles, cousins, etc – pop down some ideas under each name – a bit of think work before you start wandering around the shops can save a lot of time.
See if you can buy gifts for multiple people from the one store. Often shops will surprise you with possible presents they have for all ages.
Buy a few extra gifts as well just in case unexpected guests arrive or you need to reciprocate a gift at the last minute. Chocolates, gift vouchers and wine are great options.
Daunting as it may seem, don’t forget that Christmas should be a time of joy and happiness, not stress and anxiety. A little organisation can go a long way.
Your local businesses are one of the best sources of gift inspiration, coupled with great service and top products.
Follow our simple Christmas Shopping Trail to find out where you can discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list. And maybe some ideas for you too.
Head online to our map and discover where you can find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this year.