4 Tips For Christmas Shopping

4 Tips For Christmas Shopping

Christmas shopping can be incredibly stressful, which is probably why many of us choose to do it online. While shopping online definitely has its perks (like not having to lug heavy items around), supporting your local high-street is a plus, too. For me, it’s all part of the fun of Christmas.

If you are choosing to brave the hectic high-street, here are some ways you can help yourself:

1. Head out early. 

It doesn’t matter if Christmas is coming – there aren’t many people who will miss out on sleep to get some shopping in. So, if you go to the shops nice and early, you’re likely to find that it’s much more peaceful. I’d say between 9am and 11am are the best times to get to the shops.

2. Set a budget.

It is the easiest thing in the world for me to get carried away at Christmas. I love spoiling others. I get overly excited and can’t resist buying things when I know the other person will love them.

Truthfully, I dread to think how much money I wasted with all the times I’ve been Christmas shopping, grabbed things and hoped for the best. Having a set budget, both overall and per individual, helps to keep your spending in check.

3. Be patient and polite.

Nothing kills the Christmas spirit quite like grumpy shoppers. I hated serving them when I worked in retail, and I don’t like being around them as a customer. If you find yourself getting a bit overwhelmed, take a breather. Spend a few minutes outside, inhaling the fresh air. If it’s getting towards the end of the day, your bad mood may be a sign it’s time to head home. Call it quits and try again another day.

I can’t emphasise this enough: DO NOT, under any circumstances, take your nonsense out on retail staff. Working in shops at Christmas time is very demanding. People expect you to do a million and one things at once, it’s impossible to keep things tidy and while everyone is getting into the spirit of things, you’re stuck serving them. Manners, smiles and understanding make a big difference. Please use them.

4. Choose your company wisely.

Shopping with friends and family can be a lot of fun. That said, if you think they are likely to distract you from your overall mission, perhaps you should go it alone. Equally, if you want to be in and out as quickly as possible, taking someone who moves at a snail’s pace probably isn’t the best idea.

Little extra tip: take your own carrier bags! I know spending 5p per bag isn’t the end of the world, but using the strong, recyclable ones is a better way to go about things.

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  1. 2nd December 2018 / 11:09 am

    These are great tips! I went gift shopping last Friday and headed out early, which was a blessing. I’d probably add that going on a weekday is better than a Saturday or Sunday. Also, make sure you check which register is quiet. Maybe the register in the men’s or kids department is much quieter than the one of the ground floor or women’s department.

  2. 2nd December 2018 / 11:13 am

    These are some great tips! Christmas shopping makes me really anxious because of how busy the shops get so I tend to do a lot of my shopping online to avoid that, as well as avoid the angry customers who think it’s the staffs’ fault they’ve run out of the item they’ve decided to buy last minute (so glad you added that in about not taking it out on retail staff, it’s such an important reminder to people!) but I definitely think I’ll be trying out your tip of going early if the shops are quieter then.
    Great post, can’t wait to see what else you have in store for Blogmas!

  3. 2nd December 2018 / 11:51 am

    Yesssss on being kind to retail workers! People can be so grumpy, but they deserve kindness as well. And setting a budget, for me, is the most important thing. I can lose all track of time and money when I’m shopping!

  4. 2nd December 2018 / 12:01 pm

    Totally agree that people should never be rude to retailers or other customers and I think some of your other tips could help with that. So if you head out at the quieter time with a clear budget and with the right company (in my case no company) its likely to reduce your stress and frustration.

  5. 2nd December 2018 / 2:00 pm

    Ahh I was out Christmas shopping his morning! Its such a lovely time of year, but the shops do get manic!! All the tips are useful since it is so crazy everywhere! xx


  6. 2nd December 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Some great tips here! I HATE shopping at the best of times. It’s so busy and I’m such a hermit 😂 The quiet life is the good life pahaha! But I agree with you about the importance of supporting our local high street. So this year, I’m venturing outside, but i’m armed with some excellent advice from my blogging gal Ruth xxx THANK YOU xxx Rach

  7. 2nd December 2018 / 5:41 pm

    These are great tips. Starting early makes life so much less stressful, and not just hitting up the stores early in the morning – but starting your shopping well before December works out well. In fact, my family gets Christmas shopping done in October – mostly because that’s when we make our pre-winter shopping trip to the city.

  8. 2nd December 2018 / 7:30 pm

    These are great suggestions Ruth! I do most of my Christmas shopping online but I do sometimes grab some last minute presents from the shops. I prefer shopping on my own as it is much quicker and easier. Going early in the morning is a good idea, especially as it is quieter. Being nice to retail staff is such an important one, I worked in retail a few years ago and it was craaaazy, a friendly customer can really brighten the day. Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy your Christmas shopping! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  9. 2nd December 2018 / 9:47 pm

    I love popping into the shops (the ones that are open) before work on a weekday, when absolutely no one else is out and about. It’s so much more peaceful, and I feel like I can actually concentrate on the task at hand. Which is no mean feat when I get distracted every five seconds.

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

  10. 5th December 2018 / 11:56 am

    I always try to do Christmas shopping on my own, I can focus on what I need to do and get it done as quickly as possible. Absolutely agree with you about retail – I worked in Next, whilst at sixth form and Christmas shoppers were hellish! I also had to do the dreaded Boxing Day sale – 4am start! Eek.

  11. 8th December 2018 / 12:07 am

    These are some great tips. I completely agree about being polite to retail staff, I’ve worked in retail myself and know how the Christmas period can be. I think everyone should have a retail job at some point, maybe then people would be more polite?

    • ruthinrevolt
      9th December 2018 / 1:13 pm

      I agree! I think it’s the best way to understand how testing it can be.

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