It may feel like it is some distance away yet, but Christmas is really not far off. There is a common problem which people find when it comes to Christmas shopping which is working out how to get everything quickly and efficiently so you don’t have to run all over the city ducking in and out of shops or pootling around soulless shopping centres rapidly losing your sense of Christmas cheer with every pushchair that rolls over your ankle.
The best way to organise your Christmas shopping is to decide what you are buying everyone first, breaking all the gifts down into categories based on where you buy them and then going to each location just once so you never have to go back the way you have come. Here are some examples:
Before you have even made your list of gifts you will probably want to send out Christmas cards. To do this you need to find your nearest stationery shop and buy all your cards, envelopes and address labels. While you are there you should sneakily buy all your wrapping paper, Avery labels and ribbons so you don’t have to come back to buy any more stationery for the present wrapping. Alternatively you could order online and have this all delivered.
You may be planning to buy for people who like electronics, in which case planning a trip to a nice big electronics store would be ideal. Computer accessories can be expensive so buying things like games and electronic guitars and ink cartridges for printers from a big store may help you save money. While you are there maybe you could buy some blank CDs and make up playlist CDs for friends as a special gift?
Alternatively you could order online and have this all delivered.
Books are great present especially when you make a selection which really suits the recipient or is something you have read and know that they will like. Book shops are a gold mine for gifts and you should be able to get a lot of gifts here all at once. Alternatively you could order online and have this all delivered.
Is Toys R Us still around? If so then there or something like that should be able to sort you out with all your younger relatives’ gifts even some of the big kids. Now, if only there was some place you could find, order and have delivered all your Christmas gifts so you never even needed to go out and visit the shops…