10 tips for a stress free Christmas
With Christmas around the corner here are some tips to help make the holiday season more manageable.
1. Get Rid of the Gift Guilt
Once again, December has arrived without warning and Christmas feels like it may as well be tomorrow. And if you’re anything like the rest of us, you’ll be starting to worry about having everything prepared for Christmas – gifts, food, bedding for guests and the rest!
But there’s one thing you should always remember: Christmas is a holiday, first and foremost. You deserve as much of a break as everyone else in the household, so if you’re pulling the organizing weight in your house these holidays, we’ve prepared some tips to help lighten the load.
So often, we get caught up trying to buy presents for everyone in our address book. If they’ve just commented on a Facebook photo of yours, that doesn’t mean they have to get a present! Work out those you truly want to give a gift, and erase those feelings of guilt about not buying for everyone – it’s simply impossible!
Budgets are tight for so many people around this time of year, and the less time you have to spend shopping for people whose tastes you don’t intimately know, the more time you have to relax.
2. Budgets are Beautiful
It might seem like an annoying task now, but if you set out a budget for the people you want to buy for, it won’t just stop you from overspending this Christmas – it’ll help to guide your credit card hand to the right stores!
Set yourself a spending limit per person and then you’ll immediately start shaping an idea of what you can and can’t afford, rather than spending hours poring over items deciding whether or not to break the bank and buy them.
3. Quantity, Not Quality
If you have several children in the home for Christmas, whether your own or someone else’s, it’s important to make sure they get the same amount of presents – check with other parents or present buyers in advance. We all know that young ones can stir up a tantrum over anything, so by making sure everyone has the same number of presents, you’re eliminating one potential stress factor these holidays.
They may not be as likely to kick up a fuss if someone elses present is more valuable than theirs – but oh boy, if they got one less present than someone else, it can be trouble!
Do some planning with the adults who’ll be bringing presents to Christmas celebrations, and you’ll save a lot of stress on the big day.
4. Try the vintage values
Sometimes, buying glossy items or the latest toy can bend your budget to the breaking point – so consider taking it old school! Most towns and cities have some fantastic vintage stores that can have great condition, quirky items at wonderful value. Try these out for some truly unique present ideas – especially appropriate if you have a few eccentric family members that are hard to shop for!
5. Jump online
Of course, we don’t all have a lot of time to go Christmas shopping. Setting present shopping time aside is difficult enough, but how about actually physically getting the presents into the house without the kids sniffing them out – now that’s hard work!
If this is the case for you, try buying online – you can get things shipped direct to your door, which cuts down on shopping hours. It also means you could get important gift buying done from the comfort of your own home or office. You don’t even have to put your shoes on!