3 Tips: How You Can Get Ahead on Your Holiday Shopping.

Although I hate to talk about Christmas before my man’s birthday (30 this year!) I thought this post had some good tips and tricks to stay ahead of the game. Last year, I left lots of my gifts to the last minute. Lets just say that  I ordered a golf club for my dad towards the end of the first week of December. Two days before Christmas I called him and said I was sorry, but his gift wouldn’t arrive on time. Then…after a Christmas Eve party as I approached my door, there it was sitting at my door. My dad was thrilled when I showed up with it the next morning! It was a close one!

When I leave Christmas shopping to the last minute I feel like I miss out on my normal Christmas festivities, like watching christmas movies and making lots of cookies. I think we can all agree, nobody likes to see their money go all at once. By starting at this time of year that prevents this from happening.


How cute is this wrapping paper from Indigo?

  1. Do the easy gifts first: Going to the pharmacy to get toiletries? Why not grab some stocking stuffers. Personally I find stockings the easiest. Throw in a magazine, some candy, and some toiletries and you’re good to go! Do it now! Or maybe you know the main gift your getting for you mom? Go out of your way to get it now. You’ll look back and be happy that you didn’t have to stand in line for an hour.
  2. Make a list: Call me crazy but I have a word document with all the people I have to buy for and what I’m getting them. And then scattered throughout my agenda at the top of each week I wrote what gifts I’ll be buying. I do this because I don’t like to see my money go all at once, nobody does. It also allows me to keep an eye on my bank account, I can judge as to whether or not I need to pick up an extra shift that week. December is also Ryon’s birthday month and it’s the big 30 this year so needless to say, I can’t just get him a little something, it’s gotta be big which means I gotta keep an eye on my moula.
  3. Online shop: Usually around this time of year shops have free shipping or, free shipping over 25$ (which I find quite reasonable). Obviously online shopping doesn’t work with all gifts, but if you know of a book or something else that doesn’t require you to measure an item of clothing up to yourself while picturing your loved one, you should be A OK. Personally around this time of year work is SO busy. So do I have time to wait in a 30min line to buy that book that I know this person will love? The answer to that is NO. But…do I have time to quickly buy it online and have it brought to my door, yes m’am. Online shopping saves you lots of time. P.S I would order anything online around now; end of November early December. Lots of mail is getting distributed around Christmas, you don’t want to risk not getting it on time!

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  • Great tips, Samantha 🙂

  • I definitely need to take this advice on board, I am always leaving things so last minute! I am loving your blog too by the way, keep up the lovely work! x


    • Thanks Adele! And good luck on your shopping! I’ll be sure to check out your blog:)

  • Online shopping is how I do all my christmas shopping now! Amazon is a godsend! I couldn’t imagine braving the shops now as every year it just seems t get more and more hectic.
    kate xx

    • Agreed! And it’s such a waste of time going from store to store to find the perfect gift.

  • All great tips Sam, I’ll definitely follow them this season!