“It’s the most beautiful time of the year, lights fill the streets spreading so much cheer…”
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. I just used a Justin Bieber Christmas song to open up my article. And to be quite honest with you, I’m not ashamed of it, because… it’s almost Christmas! It doesn’t matter if you’re into Mariah Carey’s classics or you’ve been blasting Sia’s new Christmas songs in your car from the day they came out, the truth is that Christmas is coming and (almost) everyone is excited about it and this is my way to show it.
So, if you’re not the Grinch, or someone that doesn’t really look forward to celebrate this time of the year, you’re probably over the moon as me about getting that time off from work or university and spend days with the people you love. I personally love everything about Christmas: from putting up decorations around the house to the lights in the streets of cities and Santa Claus bringing gifts for good kids on Christmas day and… Yeah, that’s it. Gifts.
Frankly, I don’t really like gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I love receiving gifts! But getting gifts for almost everyone you know and try to make each person happy is one of the most stressful and time-consuming things Christmas brings with it and I’m not a fan of that.
This is why I decided to list few of my favorite tricks to make the choosing and the buying way easier for you and I hope they will help somehow.
1. Start early.
Yeah, the fact that I am writing this almost one month before Christmas day makes it self-explanatory I think. But the truth is that the later you start getting gifts, the more stressful it gets. Also… Using your November wage to buy half of the presents and the December one for the rest of them is definitely something that will come handy, let me just say that.
2. Buy online.
Starting early means no problem with delivery times! And this means you can buy something from the comfort of your bed via internet. So, instead of watching that new tv show that Netflix has just launched, try to do some online shopping. I swear it can save you LOTS of money and LOTS of time.
3. Use any occasions for getting hints for the perfect gift.
This is something I’m very passionate about. I’m one of those people that care so much about making someone happy with a perfect present and… I’m not gonna lie. I happen to have in my iPhone notes, one document with a list of things that my friends/relatives have mentioned would love to have and never had the chance to buy. Yeah, I am that crazy.
4. Create a budget.
If there’s something I’m not good at is saving money to buy amazing presents for everyone. Every year it’s the same old story: I start buying great gifts and the lasts I get happen to be way worse than the firsts just because I didn’t manage my budget properly. So, if there’s one thing I’ve learned is to give myself a budget and stick to it as much as possible.
5. Get something for yourself.
I’ve always been using the excuse to go out to get presents as a way for me to get a present for myself, and even if it doesn’t feel right, I think we all deserve some self-love now and then. So, get yourself a Christmas present and apart from spreading love to others, give some to yourself.