Don't Panic! Planning Ahead Can Make the Christmas Rush Seem like a Quiet Stroll

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Don't Panic! Planning Ahead Can Make the Christmas Rush Seem like a Quiet Stroll


If the thought of facing the Christmas rush to find that perfect gift leaves you feeling less than festive, never fear. It's all in the planning.

Starting your shopping as early as you can will save time, money and stress. Make a list in advance ensuring you've included everyone. Be sure to have a couple of ideas up your sleeve for each person.

Decide on a budget and stick to it. This will make your search a lot easier and will help avoid the financial hangover.

If money is a little tight, do bear in mind that the season of giving is about the sentiment rather than the price tag. You can find the ideal gift without having to spend a fortune by putting some thought into it.

Have fun with your Christmas shopping. With your careful planning and budget out of the way, you will be free to enjoy and revel in the excitement of having found that perfect gift.

Whatever you do, don't resort to panic buying. Purchasing an armful of useless gadgets and stocking-fillers will undoubtedly result in the very same items resurfacing the following year, more often than not still in the packaging.

Stay clear of the musical ties, chocolate body paint and novelty socks marked with last minute reductions and go for classic gifts such as single malt whisky for him and a timeless scarf or gloves of the finest quality for her.

If you're short on time, the larger shopping centres will have all you need and more, but if you've planned carefully and you want a touch of individuality, visit the smaller arcade shops.

Search the markets for handmade presents and artists' work.

If you're stuck for ideas for him, Maskreys has a selection of Del Greco Romeo and Juliet bottle openers. …

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