Is it ever too early to start planning or start your Christmas shopping? The crisp cool autumn mornings have kicked in and autumn is well in truly here, bringing with it the Christmas chat. Some of us groan about the C word being brought up so early, then you get some smug one who’ve done their Christmas shopping, it’s all wrapped and hidden up the loft. Goodness. But, really as the dark nights draw in, it’s only 11 weeks until Christmas, it’s coming at us like a train pulling into the station. Are you ready to start getting thinking about Christmas or do you cover your eyes and ears to the wonder of the sparkling fairy light of the shops and the sweet sound of jingle bells, before we’ve even got our sugar high from the children’s Halloween haul?
So are you coming out in a cold sweat just thinking about all you have to do, or are you a last minute shopper and breeze through your whole list in day? I’ve heard rumours that there are beginning January sales shoppers. Some super organised and thrifty people start there’s in the January sales, yes you heard right, January. I am not that organised, I have 3 out of our 5 birthdays in our household that month. I am way too busy with them. I do understand it would be a good idea, you know the bargains in the January sales bins of Christmas paper and cards. Finding said cards and paper come December, I expect will be more difficult than wrapping the gifts under the cover of darkness and hiding them where little nosy beaks won’t find them.
Do you want to hide under your duvet until it’s all over at the mere mention of Christmas? Or are you like me who loves seeing the shop windows decorated with bright and twinkling decorations, the sweet sound of carol singing and the delicious heady scent of mulled wine?
Undoubtedly, Christmas may be one of the most stressful times of the year. First of all, shoppers wrack their brains for Christmas gift ideas for friends and family then rush around in a crazed shopping frenzy. Fortunately, some Christmas planning and some hard earned pennies and you’re good to go.
Personally I like to start in October. My birthday is September and I like to get that out the way. Lists are my beginners guide to an organised Christmas shopping list. I make a list of all the people I need to get for, mainly family. Then have a separate list for each of the children and I pay close attention to conversations where hints are dropped or a desire for that top Christmas toys is made and take notes on my phone. With having a Christmas eve baby, I have to have a list for him too. An expensive time of the year, thankfully I put money by each month to cover the gifts and make it that bit light on my purse. How do you organise your Christmas gifts? Are you a lists everywhere kinda gal like me or a see something and grab it kinda dude?
What types of gifts do you buy? I’m not a fan of giving money and gift cards, unless asked for, especially for children. Although I do love when the boys get a book voucher and we get to go on an exciting book buying adventure after Christmas. I’ve always wanted to make my Christmas gifts, the intention is always there, but realistically, with 3 children, a full time job, blog and life in general, I just never get the time. I’d love to make at least the teacher gifts and every year I traul through Pinterest and other blogs for ideas, again great intentions, but never make it. I still have the jars of red buttons from last years idea. Then there are the talented knitters and crocheters. I’ve tried and failed so many times with this one. Have you ever made Christmas gifts for loved ones? Or maybe teacher gifts? I’d love to some ideas.
Hands up who is an online shopaholic? Me, me, me. I have to admit I detest shopping and it’s another reason I do my Christmas shopping early. When shops are mobbed, people bumping into each other, shoving past with their arms full of gifts, I don’t find this fills me with festive cheer. If anything it fills me with dread and claustrophobia. If I can order it online I will. Most shops have an online facility these days, making it easier to tick off those desired gifts off your list from the comfort of your own home. What do you think about online shopping?
Christmas should be a magical and fun time enjoyed with family and friends while making precious memories to last a lifetime. I want to enjoy the build up to Christmas. Making paper snowflakes with the children, drinking mulled wine, writing the cards with little messages instead of rushing to make the last post date. To wrap those gifts with love and bows, instead of screeds of wrap and a ball or tape to keep it all together. Watching Christmas films and wiping away the tears at the Christmas adverts. How do they do that? They are like mini films aren’t they? My favourite this year so far is the Smyths toy advert. Which kid doesn’t love heading into Smyths with aisle upon aisle of toys as far as the eye can see.
I am hoping to get my Christmas shopping done and out of the way by end November. Wrapped beginning of December watching some cheesy feel good Christmas film and drinking some warmed mulled wine. I am looking forward to advent calendars, the excitement in the pit of your stomach at the anticipation of Santa visiting, helping the children write their Christmas lists. Taking them to see Santa and his reindeer, more Christmas films, can you tell I like Christmas films. Making Christmas cookies. And my favourite part, decorating the Christmas tree together as a family. Christmas is magical and seeing it through the eyes of your children, brings the magic to life. This is how I want Christmas to go this year. Watch this space to see if it turns out that way.
Do you love Christmas? What is your favourite part? And I’d love your tips on how to organise my Christmas shopping?
Disclaimer:- I was given some Smyths vouchers in return for tweeting about the advert, but was under no obligation to post about it. I wanted to include it as I think it’s great and I wanted to chat all things Christmas so I did.