13 Sep

Written by Kayleigh on September 13, 2016

xmas countdown

I know mentioning Christmas before November can be very annoying, especially with it only being September, but the shops are already beginning to stock festive items and I’ve spotted a few mince pies in the supermarkets.
This can either fill you with dread because the time is getting closer or fill you with excitement.

Christmas can be an expensive time and that can make it stressful, but with a little bit of preparation it doesn’t have to be. You can simply take the pressure away and relax and enjoy the Christmas season.

Presents can often be a bit of a sore point, especially when it comes to knowing how much to spend on each gift. This can be difficult and without meaning to can cause offence if one gift is valued more than the other. It really should be the thought that counts when it comes to presents but that’s not always the case. One of the ways my family have solved this is to set a limit of £5 – it doesn’t sound like a lot but it means you can get creative and really put your own stamp on each gift.

One of the best times to buy gifts is actually just after Christmas as a lot of stores will hold 75% off sales and you can pick up some great gift sets as well as perfume and toys at bargain prices.

Throughout the year see what else you can pick up in the sales to add to your present pile. Plan all year round and that way you can spread out the cost and purchase expensive gifts at rock bottom prices. This takes the stress out of last minute panic buying.

You can also try and make your own gifts for Christmas. This is something I’ve done quite a lot. Last year I made everyone a box of homemade chocolate truffles. They are very cheap to make and the response I got from them was amazing. You can make a lot by yourself, from food items to beauty products and often the amount of thought and effort that goes into making items is more appreciated than a bought gift.

The best piece of advice I can give is to PLAN. I know it sounds boring and people often think you’re crazy for buying Christmas presents in January for the next Christmas, but it really does help with the cost and your stress levels. You will be amazed at the bargain presents you can pick up when you’re buying out of the Christmas period.

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