If you're anything like us and have a family, your usual intentions is to get
ready for Christmas early (and if you're anything like us, mostly you don't lol!).
Well, this year, we've decided to get ready early, so we can avoid the last
minute gift-buying and festive-season rushing.
Here are our four top tips for being organised for Christmas:
1. We've started to have a 'gift cupboard'! Something I always imagined older people having. When I see things on sale (25 to 50% + off) I buy these and put them in the gift cupboard, which is in our bedroom, that way little fingers can't go sneaking. By doing this we always have things on hand for unexpected guests or all-round saving money on Christmas gifts.
2. Make lists! I think of myself as some kind of list expert lol. Whenever there's anything happening, I make lists. It helps to feel organised and you feel less frantic about all the things that need to be done.
3. Think about all the different types of gifts you need to cover all events. From teacher gifts to Secret Santa gifts to main gifts for immediate family and gifts for extended family (and see #2). We also like to give to the Salvation Army at this time of year, so you may like to add a charity to your list this year.
4. Whether we admit it or not, planning ahead always saves us money. So buying Christmas cards, wrapping paper and decorations AFTER Christmas is always a BIG saver. Come the following Christmas, you're fully equipped with everything at a fraction of the cost.
What is your top tip for planning for Christmas?