Leaving your Christmas Shopping to the last minute isn’t the worst thing in the world. You may encounter the crowds buy you are also likely to pick up some bargains from retailers trying to off load stock at the eleventh hour.
The secret is to go with a plan and not wander around aimlessly trying to find that perfect gift, because you know you will only get frustrated and end up with shopper and/or car park rage.
Here are a few tips to get you on your way.
- What is your budget, this is very important as it is very easy to get carried away and overspend leaving less for other festive pursuits.
- Write a list of whom you are buying for, check your phone contacts/email lists so as not to forget anyone.
- Next to each name/couple write the figure you are planning on spending. You don’t have to spend a lot to show someone you are thinking of them.
- Now the hard part, thinking of an appropriate gift. A little research goes a long way in getting this task done in the quickest and least painful amount of time. Unless of course Christmas shopping for you is enjoyable pastime. OK yes I am guilty, I love it.
- One stop shops like Kmart, Target, Myer, Big W, David Jones can alleviate some of the stress. Getting all or most of your items in one store can save time and anguish. Myer has a parcel pick up where you can buy at varying registers and have the goods sent downstairs for you to collect when all your shopping is complete.
- There are some fabulous and entertaining buys at Australian Geographic, Scitech and ABC stores if you are looking for something a little different.
- Look at charity gifts on behalf of your friends, family and staff. Donating to the Fred Hollows Foundation. UNICEF, Care Gifts, World Society for the Protection of Animals or perhaps put a smile on a child’s face at Make a Wish Foundation, and there are so many more.
- What about a gift of home made, like baked goods or making a chutney, not only will you save money but so will your recipient as they will not have to purchase that item for their festivities.
- And lastly is the gift of your time, shout a meal, an exhibition or help them with some task that they are unable to do, like cleaning the gutters or weed the garden.
Whatever you do, giving is meant to be pleasurable, not stressful, resulting in anger and frustrations.
If it is all too much, you can always hand it over to Finer Details Concierge and Organiser Services