In week 9 it’s all about who to buy for, what to buy and how much to spend. If you followed our advice in Week 12 to buy a Christmas planner, this week is when you get to start using the gift buying pages.
Gift buying is probably one of the biggest Christmas stresses, both financially and on your time, so a little planning and preparation will reap rewards. Read on for our expert guidelines on planning the perfect gift list.
And if you’re struggling to keep on track then don’t forget that Hour Hands can take care of it all for you. From sourcing the perfect present to wrapping it beautifully, we can tick each item off your list, leaving you free to spend time with your family. Contact us to find out more, and don’t just take our word for it – read The Mirror’s account of our time-saving Christmas services.
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Have a budget
Write a list of who you have to buy for and how much you’d ideally like to spend. This will keep your Christmas shopping focused, as you can instantly dismiss items that exceed your budget. And don’t be tempted to add little extras; these quickly add up and send your spending over the limit. Starting early allows you to really think about the person you’re buying for, and you can go for quality rather than quantity. Also remember to consider postage charges and dates.
Keep a wish list handy
Write down a list of things that your partner or children would love to receive. This will really help when other family members ask you for ideas. Keep the list on your phone, so that you can add to it when you’re out shopping or if a relative catches you on the hop!
If you’re posting presents, keep postage costs to a minimum by buying lighter items. You don’t want to end up spending more on the postage than the actual gift! Post Boxed offers some great solutions.
Planning saves money and leg work!
Planning your list now allows you to shop around for the best deals. Start by looking on the internet, and make sure you’re ready for Black Friday offers on 24th November 2017. There’s less risk of items being out of stock, and you can take advantage of cheaper delivery options that usually take longer to arrive.
Wrapping one or two presents at a time is much less overwhelming than doing it all in one hit on Christmas Eve! Even better, let the Hour Hands Gift Wrapping team take care of it and give yourself more time to enjoy the festivities with your family.
Our wrapping experts can deal with gifts of all shapes and sizes, giving even the simplest present that ‘wow’ factor. Simply contact us to discuss your individual requirements.
Don’t wait until Christmas Day to start putting the children’s toys together. Assembling beforehand retains the excitement as they can start playing immediately. It also gives you a chance to check all the pieces are there and you have the right batteries etc. There’s nothing more disappointing than finding out on the day that they can’t actually play with it at all…
Buy some extras, just in case…
Have a small stash of emergency presents, just in case! Even the most organised Christmas shopper can forget sometimes, so keeping a few extra gifts on hand will prevent any embarrassment. Chocolates, gift vouchers, candles and wine are always appreciated, especially when wrapped up beautifully.
Have presents ready to save on postage
Think about who you’ll be seeing in the lead up to Christmas. Having their presents ready to drop off will save you postage costs, and helps to get things ticked off the list!
Stick to the plan!
If you’ve spent time and effort creating a gift list, then stick to it. This will help you to remain on budget and have your Christmas shopping all wrapped up (see what we did there?!) to enjoy the holidays stress free and within budget.
In the meantime, here are a few ideas to get your lists started!