With little over a month to Christmas Day, this is an ideal time to take stock and prepare. Getting a head start on your shopping can mean less pressure, stress, and headaches from both a social and financial perspective. To give your planning a helping hand, we have put together these handy tips to keep things under control.
1. Start early
If your shopping motto is “it’ll be grand”, you might want to rethink that approach this year. Shopping and especially online shopping demands are already increasing as shipping times have become less predictable. So, the sooner you start, the more time you will be making available to ensure you have a better chance of getting the items you need…and want!
2. Shop local
Ireland offers a wealth of creativity in arts, food and much more! This year, why not buy quality and buy local. Not alone will you be giving a boost to local businesses; you will also be doing your part for the environment and the local economy too!
When it comes to how much we spend at Christmas, Irish households are reported to be one of the biggest spenders in the EU. This is why it is so important to set a budget in advance and stick to it to ensure your Christmas spending does not become a financial burden for the remainder of the year. In settings where there may be a lot of people to buy for, set an individual limit or organise a Secret Santa which will still go a long way to spread the joy…and reduce costs!
4. Second-life gifts
Sometimes the best present is the most unique one. Visit your local charity shops and second-hand boutiques for many gift ideas. Not only is it better for the environment, but it’ll be a one-of-a-kind present too. You could also apply this approach to those less-used items from about your house; previous gifts that remain wrapped, unused, and looking for a second chance. Ceramics, crystal bowls or unwrapped candle holders may be a great starting place. So go ahead, dust them down, wrap them up and send them on their way to deliver a little thoughtful joy!
Consider purchasing experiences instead of more of the latest fads. A coupon to visit local attractions, local theatre, or concert tickets, paying for music or sport lessons, or a weekend adventure together — the memories will last longer. If the pandemic has taught us anything it is that time together is more precious than ever.
Getting a head start on the holiday rush can help you save time and money, meaning you’ll have more to spend with those you care about. So, start making those lists, checking them twice and stay within your budget.