10 Tips for Surviving The Christmas Shopping Trip….

10 Top Tips On How To Survive The Christmas Shopping Trip

Christmas. There, I said it!

I’ve been tiptoeing around the subject for a few weeks now, especially seeing as every year it seems to be thrust upon us earlier and earlier. However as I’m one of these uber organised folk that’s ready with the shopping list the moment Halloween is behind us.

This time of year seems to flick a switch in even the most forgiving of shopper. I’m personally not a fan of risking my life for the latest Disney doll or £10 off a light up toaster… all whilst news crews circle in a chopper above the parking lot reporting on the injury count. Yet every year we brave the hoards of high street shoppers in search of that perfect pressie as we prepare to get trodden on, elbowed and bled dry of our monthly earnings.

Thankfully if you’re on top of your game it really doesn’t have to be as stressful as rumour has it. In fact if you play your Christmas cards right you might actually find yourself having a jolly good time of it – unlikely I agree, but hey, I’m being optimistic for once!

So for those of you preparing to brave the crowds here’s my 10 top tips on how to turn the festive frenzy into tidings of comfort & joy…

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Wandering around aimlessly searching for Christmas gift inspiration can be stressful & tedious. Rather than shopping blindly, curl up with a note pad and jot down everyone you plan on buying for first. Think of their personalities, interests, hobbies etc. and go from there. Alternatively nab a few high street catalogues or pop online and I’ll guarantee your gift buying juices will flow. If you’re still struggling check out Not On The High Street, which is crammed full of unique little gift ideas from some of the UK’s best creative businesses!

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Keep in mind that evenings and weekends are peak times for big spenders so it’s no surprise that this comes with a mass of queues & disgruntled shoppers. If possible save yourself the hassle and schedule your trip for an early week morning, whilst others are busy at work or school you’ll be sure to find the space you need to browse the shelves without risking a bruised rib or trampled toe.

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Last year I witnessed at least 4 major falls from girls slipping or tripping as a result of tottering around in six inch stilettos. Gear up with your comfiest shoes, a cosy jacket that is light enough to pop in a bag should you begin to wilt and a practical handbag that is easily slung over the shoulder – leaving your hands free to grab those bargains.

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It may be the season of goodwill but a high street full of handbags is a winter wonderland for sticky fingered thieves. Don’t be tempted to carry large amounts of cash, keep valuables at home and if you’re leaving bags of shopping in your car make sure they’re stored out of sight. Seems like common sense but it’s amazing how many shoppers just don’t get it – not everyone is as honest as you are!

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If you’re pushed for time or prefer an organised approach to shopping why not opt for reservation instead? Many of the major retailers offer a service to collect your gifts in store that have been pre-ordered online… which is perfect for those who are doomed to miss delivery vans or may want to check sizing. This saves a whole lotta time and energy by allowing you to browse peacefully from the comfort of your own sofa/office chair/loo *delete as appropriate*

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If the thought of stepping out into the harsh winter weather whilst laden with bags is too much for you to comprehend or you have a work schedule that’s busier than Rudolf’s come Christmas Eve, then sticking to ordering your goodies online is probably the best stress-free solution to your quandary. However to avoid a delivery dilemma why not ask a relative or friend if they would mind your goodies arriving at their abode instead? That way all you have to do is call in and collect on your way home without any worry.

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Okay, so it might get a reputation of being a haven for bored housewives but there are actually quite a few nifty little items to be found on the shopping channels these days. Plus anything you see is tirelessly demonstrated, so if your Dad’s scratching his cranium over the new coffee machine you bought him, chances are you’ll probably be able to work it better than any budding Barista – all thanks to the 20 minute sales pitch you endured.

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Don’t forget to check out voucher sites such as Wowcher & Groupon as some of the offers are pretty darn impressive compared to the retail value elsewhere. Keep an eye out for high street deals such as ‘three for the price of two’ and check out Money Saving Expert for lots of really useful money saving tips, advice and voucher codes to help keep more pennies in your pocket.

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Needless to say when most of us think of Christmas Shopping we immediately think of huge glitzy department stores, personal shoppers and gift wrapping services, when in fact there is a multitude of wonderful little shops and businesses out there that provide an outstanding level of service and selection of goods that can’t be found on the shelves of their corporate counter-parts. By supporting local businesses you’re keeping the essence of your town alive and helping a small business stay trading!

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Reminding yourself you’re NOT a machine (or one of Santa’s highly trained little Elves) is easier said than done. Often we hit the high street with a the aim of dashing around getting as much done in as little as time as possible. However, unless you’re one hour from close of business on Christmas eve just sloooow down.

You may think you’re doing yourself a favour rushing around like a bee with a burnt ass but in fact you’re wasting hoards of precious energy, getting flustered & more than likely missing out on all the juicy bargains in the process. Taking a 30 minute break to catch a coffee (and your breath) is imperative to recharging the batteries & getting mentally prepared for the final shopping furlong.

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Don’t forget: it’s easy to get carried away with all the hype in the run up to shopping for the big day but it’s important for each of us to keep in mind the reason for the season. As stock runs low & tempers flair, remembering the person behind the counter is indeed a human being with feelings is much appreciated in the world of retail. If something does go wrong, often staying calm can yield better results than waving the arms about like a distressed windmill. Keep it cool & you’ll merrily avoid a seasonal meltdown & possibly with the help of a kind hearted sales assitant!

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If you have any top tips on keeping stress levels under wraps this Christmas or would like to share how you tackle your festive shopping I’d love to read about it in the comments below. As always, thanks so much for stopping by, wishing y’all a fabulous weekend ahead 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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36 thoughts on “10 Tips for Surviving The Christmas Shopping Trip….

  1. ‘waving the arms about like a distressed windmill’ :’) hahaha love it! Lovely post as well 😛 – Have you done/considered doing a post on ‘Blog Organisation’ or something around them lines? I (and i’m sure many others) struggle planning ahead of my blog posts and i’d love to read your top tips 🙂
    Emily xx

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  2. Great informational and very useful tips out there and I always love to get some early bird offers so as to get great bargains and also, I’m eagerly waiting for the forthcoming black friday sale as it was very popular last year and I hope the same happens this year too.

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  3. Great post Karen. I have to admit I’ve been mega stressed so far this year as I don’t know what to buy people (I like giving surprises) but realising that they’re happier getting stuff they definitely want (18 year old sister and 16 year old brother!) is taking the pressure off! Bugger surprises!

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    • Ahhh tell me about it…. it’s a little disheartening though not buying the hand picked surprises but instead going by requests, I too have siblings & don’t think I’d chance picking for my two brothers without asking them… like you say it’s just so much pressure!!! Anything for an easy life right? lol Thanks for stopping by lovely 🙂 XXXXXX

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  4. Great post Karen! It’s strange… I know all these things and I usually start with the best intentions… but there are always some last minute shopping sprees to do and then I ruin it… buying too much and too expensive things… 😀

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  5. Well Karen, you are on top of it all! You’re on your A-game. People can get a little wild and crazy, or just plain crazy during this time. I do a lot of online shopping to avoid the mess and chaotic people. Black Friday people are just nuts getting trampled over saving a few bucks here and there. People, please. Great post always!! Happy Friday!!! Xoxoxo

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    • lol lol Can’t they just – it’s terrifying some of the bargain grabber out there!! I’m with you on doing a majority of the shopping online, that way the only person I have to deal with is the courier dude! lol Black Friday is slightly terrifying, even the queues to get into the stores are scary!! It’s every shopper for themselves 😀 Have a super weekend huni XXXXXXXX

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      • Well I’m a 5’2 frame so I like a little help here and there. 😉 However, not for Christmas shopping and theme parks, lol. I have learned to carry flats with me just in case. Always a joy to check in Karen. 🙂

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      • lol lol Totally understandable, and yep there’s some situations (even for petite gals) that flats are essential!! 😀 So handy carry them about – especially if they’re the little roll-up handbag ones hehe Awwh thank you huni & very much likewise!!! xxxxxxx

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      • Yes, I have those ones that you can fold and stick them inside your purse, lol. Since my trip to NYC, I learned a valuable lesson and I swore to try to never subject my feet to such torture again. I was wearing boots with a little heel and with all the walking, oh my. A trip to Macy’s was in order to buy a pair of flat boots. Then I had the brilliant idea of wearing heels to a club and I didn’t realize how much walking we were to do. Needless to say, I could not feel my poor feet for hours. Oh, those adventures I won’t soon forget. Which brings me to my current situation of keeping flats nearby at all times. 🙂

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      • Ahhh that sounds like a foot nightmare Stephie – for me there’s nothing worse that wearing uncomfortable shoes, especially when you’re trying to enjoy yourself!!! you poor thing 😦 Any wonder you keep a pair in your purse, heck I don’t think I’d wear heels again after that huni lol XXXXX

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  6. Great tips chum! ❤ Just wanted to stop by and see what was new and say hello! I miss our chats sooo much! I won't be starting any kind of shopping till December and normally I will shop online but I'm thinking I might get myself out and about and actually shop at the stores lol. Ron and I will be sitting at home while the Black Friday Shopping Madness is going on lol. I never go out for that day which is after Thanksgiving next week. Not sure if you have the same thing going on there. I will be watching your latest video here too soon! I just haven't been feeling up to doing much lately. I'm going to try to jump back into blogging in December for sure. I miss chatting with everyone! I hope all is well with you! ❤ xxxxxxx

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  7. Karen, this is all great advise. I guess I don’t feel as stressed as the rest of the world because my family and I only do presents for the kids and even then I do all my shopping online. I don’t know why, but I love the notorious Black Friday 🙂 It’s a fun adventure to stay up all night with girlfriends and wonder around stores aimlessly while everyone but me is freaking out, haha 🙂

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    • lol lol This made me giggle so much, just casually strolling around the madness!!! Sounds like a crazy night, not sure I’d have the ability to brave it though lol My sis can’t wait to get to a few either this year, think she’s hoping for a new TV!! (fingers crossed)
      Glad you enjoyed the post huni, like you we really just concentrate on the kids too, save hassle & an empty bank account haha Online is so handy, nothing quite as relaxing than shopping from the arm chair right? 😉 Hope you’re having a fab weekend, always great to get a chatter with you!!! XXXX

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