If you aren't already aware, I absolutely love Christmas (for example my amazing Christmas house decorating which you can see here). As always, I have been preparing for ages. To be honest with you, I never really stop Christmas shopping, as it begins in the post-Christmas sales for the following year. Here are my top tips for getting ready for Christmas all year round.
January is always a great time to start your Christmas shopping. As we leave our decorations up until the twelfth day of Christmas, we make a trip into the loft on January 5th. What better than to also take up a bag-full or two of Christmas gifts ready for next Christmas? Post-Christmas sales are an awesome time to get your shopping done and we especially love the Boots sale for toiletries gift sets.
August is when I really start thinking about Christmas content for my blog. This includes getting some ideas in my diary for new blog posts, contacting my brand contents to get ideas for my gift guides and so much more. There is always summer sales in the shops too so it’s a great time to get some Christmas shopping in.
October is when things really start ramping up for me. The release of the first Christmas content means I really start thinking about Christmas. If you want to check out my latest Christmas posts you can find them on my homepage, or click here.
Plus if you're ready to start your Christmas shopping, check out my gift guides via the links below:
With just a few weeks to go until Christmas, November is the time to start the finishing touches to my Christmas prep. Firstly, I finish off helping Santa shop for stocking fillers (as he fills our stockings instead of bringing expensive gifts!) I make sure I cover off ideas for stocking fillers on my blog too which you can check out via the links below:
Finally I get all my Christmas wrapping completed. Literally one of my favourite things to do! I especially love getting a little fancy with ribbons and bows, something I'm pretty sure I inherited from my grandmother, the queen of gift wrapping!
Now that everything's ready for Christmas, all that is left to do is decorate my home (remeber last year's post about my home?!) and enjoy the advent countdown (especially with our handmade advent calendars which we fill ourselves. See here for ideas!). For me, December involves decorating my home on the 1st, and a daily visit from our elf on a shelf, Belle (you can see my 2016 roundup here and my 2017 roundup here).
If I do any Christmas shopping in December it tends to be the shopping for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, so basically only food shopping! Food shopping for roast dinners, Christmas Eve buffets and best of all Christmas baking! Occasionally I get a little carried away and spot a new decoration I love and buy to add to our already insanely massive collection.
Getting ready for Christmas is a year round task for me, and I absolutely love it; after all it's my favourite time of year. I hope I've given you a little insight into how (and why) I get my Christmas shopping done early.
Wishing you a very Happy Christmas from my family and me this year!
For more posts about Christmas, visit the Christmas category page. When do you start preparing for Christmas? Let me know in the comments section below.