Let’s be honest – how many of us leave the Christmas shopping until the very last minute? We all do, and we find we’re rushing around and paying top dollar for items we could have bought more cheaply in the sales! Why do we do this? It’s because Christmas has a specific date, and we look at that date and think ‘there’s plenty time yet’! Then comes a point where you realise that time has run out!
So, when should you start shopping for Christmas? We have some tips you might want to follow, so read on!
As Early as You Can!
So, it’s January, and there are sales on. What are you waiting for? Get out there and get some bargains while you can, and store them away until next Christmas! Yes, it takes some willpower, but think of the money you will save – those sales are cheap, after all! Perhaps there was something your partner wanted that they have mentioned, or you might see something that would be great for the kids – buy it while it’s cheap, it makes sense!
Buy on Impulse
We don’t mean just buy anything, but think of it like this: how many times have you seen something in a shop or online, and thought ‘so and so would like that’. And then not bought it! Why not buy it? If you see something you know someone would like, buy it there and then, and you have one more name crossed off your Christmas list. You never know, it might not be there when you go back!
How often do you browse online for stuff? You probably take a few minutes in your break or when you’re off work and have a look through your favourite shopping sites for things you want. What about looking for things that other people might like as gifts? At all times of the year you can find items that are suitable for Christmas: we found some really nice Christmas baskets in a range of styles and sizes, and at excellent prices, that would be suitable for all members of the family and for friends. We also found a choice of personalised items – mugs, pillows, bags and much more – that would also make great gifts, so get buying now, and spread the cost!
What happens to those Christmas and birthday gifts that people don’t want? They go online on eBay and auction sites, for you to buy brand new at knock-down prices! Keep an eye on the auctions sites for items that you intend to buy as you may find they come up, brand new and in the box, quite often!
The answer to the question in the title is that you can start shopping for Christmas at any time, and you will find that you not only save money, but spread the cost out over time. So, get looking now, and follow our advice for the most effective way to shop for Christmas – it makes sense!