Prepping for Christmas 2019

Every year I go through the same worry, stress and chaos at the thought of Christmas and making sure I get a little something for everyone. It can really take it's toll on my Bank account, leaving me wondering where my money went and also cursing out the sales because the gift set I just bought my gran is now better than half price! It's so annoying. But the past two years I have really worked out my best strategy at fighting those pesky Christmas blues over not being able to find a certain gift or worrying I won't have something for that aunt that pops round once a year un-announced. 

I really used to be so un-organised at Christmas, I was one of those "Christmas Eve" dashers who picked up what they could, grudging every minute of it because I knew come boxing day, all of the stuff would be reduced in price. It used to really bother me but I have come out of that situation, at the other end with a whole new outlook on Christmas. I'm no longer wandering about aimlessly up and down the isles of Asda, trying to work out who needs what and who will appreciate what. Now I can sit back, look through my dedicated Christmas box and find a gift for everyone in the comfort of my own home. 

If you are in need of a complete over haul on getting organised for Christmas, then look no further because I got you covered. Here's how I beat the Christmas rush and can sit with a cuppa laughing at the fact I can stay in my Pj's instead of rushing out at the crack of dawn on Christmas eve. 

Make a designated "Present" Box. 

I went out a couple of years ago and bought a huge plastic storage tub with the intent on filling it full of gifts to see me through the year. I went for the biggest sized box there was and it now sits in the spare room, with lots of goodies inside, it's on standby for those occasions where I forget a birthday is coming up and need a quick fix for a present. Investing in a box or creating an area where you can store gifts all year long is a great idea, it has helped me out on so many occasions, I can't tell you how glad I am that I have it. 

Buy In the Sales.

Every year I make sure I have about £100 put away so that when it comes to the sales, I can go in and buy a load of gifts at half price or less, then I put them in the present box. It's a great way to save on money, I can't tell you just how much I have saved over the past few years because I have been doing this. I tend to look for gift sets with products that have long lasting end dates, I also stay away from perishables because I know they won't last and have no use in about 6 months. I also look for sets that are a good bang for my buck. Last year I got a gift set from Tesco that started off at about £25, it had a robe and some bath products, I managed to bag it for about £5. I didn't have anyone in particular I was buying for, I just knew that it was a great bargain and would come in handy, and it did! A few months down the line a family members birthday came up, there was a party and I had a gift at the ready. This year for Christmas I also managed to save a ton of money buy using gift sets and other products I bought in the sales last year, just knowing I had presents already was a huge burden lifted. Check out places like Boots, Tesco, Superdrug etc... for gift sets, they always have something. Also look at places like Next, River Island, New look etc... for clothing items that could be put away, like a bag, a scarf or shoes... You can get thing for people that you know won't change in size and put it away as a present. 

Get your Cards in. 

Card shops like Card Factory or Clinton's tend to have sales on their Christmas stock after Christmas, if you get your cards in this year, you don't have to waste a lot of money on full priced cards come Christmas. 

That's a Wrap.

Things like wrapping paper, bows and tissue paper can be really expensive depending on where you go, waiting until the sales will help cut your costs. I got all my wrapping paper for this year, for just £4! I waited until Tesco slashed their prices and got them at just 20p per roll.... I saved a fortune.

Handmade with love 

One thing I do enjoy doing, is making some handmade cards or getting little bear to hand make some pictures etc... This is a great idea for family, even if you're strapped for cash, hand making something shows a lot of love and care went into the item and will mean so much more than a store bought card. Christmas isn't about all the money you spend, it's about the special moments, the love, the laughter, making memories and so much more.

And there you have it. My little guide on prepping for Christmas, or any occasion that requires some presents. No matter your budget, I think this is a great way to save yourself some cash in the long run. I swear by these methods, they have helped me through the past couple of years where  money hasn't been great and it's saved me so much and allowed me to spend money in other places instead or put money away for little bear, into his bank. 

I hope you all had such a lovely Christmas and all the best for 2019.

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  1. This is such a good idea! I bought my presents at the beginning of December so I wouldn't have to go to the stores and wait in line and get stressed over it. But I still had to get a few last minute gifts and buy wrapping paper, gift boxes and labels which was still stressful! So that means next year not only will I shop early, I will wrap early so that the next few weeks before Christmas will be easy and stress-free. I also want to design my own wrapping paper and labels.

    Hannah the Mad Dog

  2. The present box is such a great idea! I used to do it all the time, but let my stock run out close to when we were moving house - Christmas was so much more stressful without it! Think I need to top it back up!

    Em x

  3. Such a helpful guide to prepping for next year! Will definitely be bearing this post in mind x

  4. Savings is good especially after Chritsmas, things naturally returns to normal and hustle begings. Having little of no money in the coming year might not be a good idea. I agree with you on the saving part. Fantastic post and written.

  5. Great ideas Jordanne! I have a present box prepared but I don't usually start filling it until the Summer months. The January sales is a great idea and I've already got some great half price deals from Boots and Card Warehouse.

  6. Excellent tips. I usually do my shopping early, no later than November, and it really helps to reduce the stress. I love the idea of a present box.

  7. I always buy in the sales! I love that smug feeling I get knowing that in a cupboard I have at least 10 gifts for the following Christmas.

    Great advice x

  8. I love this!! Your gift box is the perfect idea. I have (2) kids so I try to buy a gift a week for them all year round that way Santa Claus doesn't break the bank. :) The Christmas Eve Dashers made me giggle b/c it's totally relatable.