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How to plan your last-minute Christmas shopping

Christmas is right around the corner and if you’re panicking about getting your presents together, there are some hints and tips you can follow to get organised.

While some Christmas shoppers are super organised, frequently securing their presents by mid-December, others aren’t as on the ball – and that’s ok. All you need is a strategy that allows you to tick off everything you need without blowing your budget in a panic.

Here’s what you need to know about planning for last-minute Christmas shopping.

Finalise your budget

Brits love a bargain, and value for money sits at the top of the priority list for many. That’s why deciding on a clear budget is so important. Some might even vouch for last-minute Christmas shopping so that you don’t find yourself adding more and more presents to the pile.

At the same time, you don’t want to be caught out adding items that go way over your budget in a last-minute panic. Create a budget that works for you and stick to it, so you don’t get caught out. Use a spreadsheet or an online budget planner if you think this will help the process.

Order in

It’s no secret that the shops become busier as Christmas day draws nearer. Although some might love the experience, you don’t have to put yourself through an overcrowded trip to the shops if you don’t want to.

The beauty of ordering online is that you can seek out great deals, read reviews and order multiple presents in a short window – it’s quick, easy and generally stress-free. Plus, you don’t have to step outside once! You’d be surprised by how much Christmas prep you can do online, whether that’s shopping for presents or completing a meat order ready for Christmas dinner.

Get creative

If you’d rather skip shop-bought gifts and do something different this year, why not get creative and make your own? This way, you can create sentimental gifts, such as a memory box or a photobook for someone special.

Alternatively, you can attend a craft workshop or watch an online tutorial to create your own candles, soaps or pottery pieces and use these as a gift. A DIY approach brings something unique to proceedings and you can apply this to your house decorations too.

Gift experiences

Alternatively, you can forgo a physical gift and choose an experience instead. This might look like a voucher for a restaurant, a cooking class or tickets to see a show. You could attend the experience together and spend quality time doing something out of the ordinary. This will save you time when it comes to wrapping and it may even help you save money too.

Do you have any last-minute present-buying hacks to share?

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