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Wednesday, December 03 2014

 

This year would certainly be the first year I won't be running off to the shops on Christmas Eve and trying to find the right gifts for my very long list of people to buy for! Not only is it exhausting running around when you are sick, it can become quite stressful when there are people everywhere (if like me you have social anxiety) and guaranteed you won't be able to find everything last minute.

I decided I would try something different this year and actually started buying presents back in May, and I haven't even finished wrapping presents and my tree already looks full!


This is my not yet full tree!

So I have had a lot of people ask me how am I so organised this year, and I thought I would share my 5 top tips with you!

1. Write a list!
I have so many people to buy for at Christmas that it does become rather expensive (doesn't help being the oldest of 9 siblings aged 7-21). But it is best to grab a pen and paper (or you can type if you prefer) a list of everyone you need to buy for along with the gift ideas for them. I find it easier to do this as a table. 

I have created a FREE download printable for you to print off and fill in if you like! Print off as many sheets as you need!

2. Shop when there are sales on
This one is a given! Take advantage of the mid year sales, usually stocktake sales from around May-July. These often fall in with the EOFY sales too! I discovered this great website (and an app) called OzSale and they have some pretty amazing stuff usually very well discounted! I will admit that 80% of my shopping this year was done through this site and I know I saved a lot! 

Another few sites that I frequent regularly to look for that perfect bargain is Catch of the day, Oo.com.auDeals Direct, Kogan and more! I honestly could go on with sites for hours!

Also there are some other HUGE shopping events each year like Click Frenzy (which only lasts for 48 hours), Black Friday and Cyber Monday (although being USA shopping events a lot of stores in Australia are now having these sales too!).

3. Wrap as you buy!
Hands up who has spent Christmas Eve sitting there rather uncomofrtably for many hours wrapping all of the year's presents rather then spending and enjoying this time with your family?

I know I have done this, and even remember as a kid that dad would have to take us out of the house for most of the afternoon/evening and keep us entertained so that we wouldn't annoy mum who was locked in her room wrapping presents for all the kids.

So I have found this year if I take a little time out of each day whether it is just 5 or 10 minutes and just wrap as much as I can. I pretty much have everything wrapped for now.

I have also found wrapping as I purchase to be rather helpful too at making better use of my time come Christmas Eve!

But there is also the added convenience come December 1 that charities set up a stall in the shopping centres and you donate money and they will wrap your presents for you! Not only will you be saving time yourself but also giving a helping hand to charities, and to me Christmas is about the giving and not so much receiving!

HOT TIP: If a store offers complimentary gift wrap, take them up on the offer! It is one less thing you need to wrap!

4. Take advantage of boxing day sales!
Each boxing day I will grab what ever christmas wrapping paper and labels are left and stock up. I keep these stored in the cupboard all year and then when it came time to start wrapping, I didn't need to buy 1 single role this year! You have seen my tree above, so you can imagine how much paper I had needed!

Boxing day sales is also another great opportunity to find bargains and put them away.

For the last 5 years my husband has asked me for a train set to go around the Christmas tree (if you're thinking he sounds like a kid, he is at heart lol). Well we have been eyeing off this amazing set that is normally around $300... well last year on oo.com.au I scored this exact same train set for $49!!

We got to put it up this year and as you can see from the picture above, it is a big set and I had one happy husband! He wanted to put the tree in one corner and fill the space with presents to resemble mountains and landscape for the train to go around... see told you he was a big kid at heart!

5. Shop online or take advantage of home delivery
One thing about Decemeber is the shops start going crazy! There are people everywhere, and parents that are stressed and kids throwing tantrums. It is just a crazy time to shop!

I decided to avoid all that this year and have had almost everything purchased online and delivered!

Also given my health too I thought it was easier and less stressful to have everything delivered online. As I type this I don't even know if there is anything I need to go to the shops for except for food, but even with that you can get it all home delivered!

Bonus Tip: LAYBY, LAYBY, LAYBY
If you find layby works best for you and if a store offers layby, take them up on their offer! Work out what the required payments would be each week/fortnight and pay it off.

If you haven't looked into castle or chrisco before either, be sure to look into these as they allow you to order hampers and food through the year and it all gets delivered just before Christmas. It is like a huge Christmas food layby! It is pretty handy and I know many families who do this each year (some have the food last months and just store in the cupboard or freezer). The hampers aren't just food they also have electronics and all sorts of things!

These are my quick 5 tips to having a better organised Christmas this year, and hope these help you too!

If you have a tip for a better organised Christmas, feel free to comment below!

 

[Disclaimer: the stores or websites I mention above I have done so out of honestly using these sites and being very happy! I was not offered any payment or form of reimbursement for mentioning these sites. The only affliliate link is the Ozsale where as a member and refer people to sign up I receive a benefit such as $5 towards my next purchase.]

 
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