The Christmas Shopping Survival Guide

Since when was Christmas so difficult?! Don’t get me wrong, I love the festive season; markets in every city, hot chocolates at the ready with the fire burning and everyone seems to be walking round with such a happy face on all the time. However, with all this comes the Christmas shopping. I never know what to get anyone and I always want to give my friends and family presents that they aren’t really expecting. The ones out of the ordinary. I thought I would put together a few tips and tricks when it comes to Christmas and those dreaded shopping trips for presents.

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Organisation is key. Trust me on this one. Last year I didn’t right anything down and really struggled. I was out on Christmas Eve still buying presents for people and nearly everyone ended up with Original Source Shower Gel and Poundland Chocolate Coins in their gift bags. Not like there is anything wrong with that but I didn’t feel as though I had put enough effort in. This year, I have taken a different approach. I grabbed one of those small notebooks that I have stashed away and I have been writing down ideas since the end of August so I have some ideas of what people would like. Every time I buy something, I write down what it is and how much it is. This makes such a difference when working to a budget.

Loyalty cards will be your best friend. Whether it’s collecting points whilst doing your weekly shop at Sainsbury’s or signing up to receive a rewards card, guaranteed it will help. I have the Debenhams Reward Card which comes in handy if I am needing to buy any perfumes or high-end makeup brand products for my sister or aunt. The Boots/Superdrug is always handy as they tend to have double points offers. Most recently, I have been loving the O2 priorities app on my phone. Of course this is only exclusive to O2 customers but they have some really good deals on for The Body Shop weekly and saves you money on restaurants whilst you are doing your Christmas shopping.

Gratisfaction UK is another really good website to use. You can get samples of beauty and skincare products or free tickets to events. The website is updated daily so there’s always new things to save money on. The voucher codes feature is my favourite part of the website as it saves money when your shopping. Most recently, it has had an offer to save 20% on Marks and Spencer’s including clothing and beauty. There’s no need to sign up like with most other companies too. I have followed them on Twitter so I can stay up to date with the latest offers and freebies.

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Lastly, make it enjoyable. Plan your day (including where you are going to go for something to eat). I love being able to go and explore a different city when I go Christmas shopping especially if there is a market on at the time. I am usually equipped with comfortable shoes, a camera, my notebook and a pen, and Google maps in case I get lost or can’t find a particular shop. If you leave in plenty of time then you can really take your shopping trip steady and slow.

Do you have any Christmas shopping tips? How do you save money when buying Christmas presents? Let me know your tips and tricks.

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  • Thanks for such a helpful post! Honestly I hadn’t even thought about Christmas shopping yet but you’re right, organisation is key. I’m definitely going to make more of an effort with loyalty cards, and I’ll remember to check up on O2 priority!

    • It’s okay Nadine, I definitely think checking O2 priority is worth it cause they have some amazing deals! :) xx

  • I need to start plannin my shopping ASAP – I left it until Christmas eve last year and it was bloody awful! The Gratisfacation sounds fab though, definitely gonna have a look into that!

    Hannatalks

    • I was in the same boat last year too but I’ve nearly finished this year which makes me so thankful! It’s definitely worth checking out if you are wanting to save some pennies :) xx

  • This has got me so motivated to start my shopping! I think I’ve got a fair few points saved up on loyalty cards that I didn’t even think of using so I’ll definitely do that x

    http://www.alwaysalice.co.uk

    • Loyalty points are my lifesaver when Christmas shopping, let me know how you get on :) xx

  • Holly

    I am actually quite organised with Christmas presents, but I do find that the amount you spend quickly adds up! Love the point about loyalty cards and I hadn’t heard of Gratisfaction before so I will have to look into it x

    http://www.bisoushollyolivia.co.uk

    • I know exactly what you mean Holly, Christmas can be so expensive sometimes :) xx