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November 20th, 2015

Christmas Shopping Survival Guide

Christmas is fast approaching and, whether you’ve been looking forward to it all year or you’re a shopping avoider, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect presents for your loved ones. There are so many different ways to do Christmas shopping these days that it doesn’t have to be the uncomfortable mad dash that it once was – here are our tips on how to survive the season.

1. Stick to your budget

It’s easy to get sucked into promotions at Christmas and it tends to be an emotional time, which also encourages us to overspend. Don’t do it! Set yourself a budget and stick to it so that you won’t spend the whole of the season worrying about bills.

2. Start early

We’ve all been there, rushing around on Christmas Eve buying whatever we can get our hands on. If you start early then you can buy before seasonal prices shoot up, you can make your purchases in a calm and measured way and you’ll actually be able to buy what you want, instead of panic purchasing.

3. Make a list

Some people like to do their Christmas shopping on a spontaneous basis but, unless you have an unlimited budget, this rarely works out. The most likely situation is that the first person you bought for will have an amazing gift and the last person will get socks. So make your list and check it twice!

4. Make use of sales and discounts

Sales don’t just happen after Christmas these days, there are plenty of stores that start discounting at the start of December so factor that in to your purchasing. Remember to make the most of Black Friday (27th Nov) and Cyber Monday (30th Nov), which are the two days of the year when you’ll get the biggest online shopping discounts.

5. Delivery times

If you’re purchasing online, give yourself plenty of time to get the delivery in time for Christmas. Check the delivery times with the store itself – most will display this on the website – as it can take longer to get deliveries when demand is high.

6. On the high street

If you love doing your Christmas shopping ‘in person’ then enjoy the experience – perhaps make a day of it. Identify the stores you want to visit and plan a route or choose a shopping street, like Oxford Street in London, where there’s virtually nothing you can’t buy.

7. And relax…

When it’s all done and dusted, make sure you put your feet up and relax with a delicious treat – a Ski mousse or one of our tasty Ski yogurts to reward for a job well done.