Even though it still feels light years away, Christmas is just around the corner. Did you know there is less than 100 days left until Christmas day?
But shopping for your presents doesn’t need to be stressful, leave the panic behind, make plans and get your gifts wrapped and under the tree in advance with our top tips for stress free Christmas shopping.
1. Make a List
Father Christmas does this every year without fail so follow his lead and make a list of everyone you need to buy gifts for, it’s probably best to include the naughty and the nice just in case anyone feels left out with a lump of coal.
We’d recommend adding a budget and suggestions next to everyone’s name, this will help you stick to your budget and give you a little inspiration. Just make sure you don’t leave it anywhere that people can find it, that would be just a bit awkward…
2. Make A Plan and Budget
Failing to plan is planning to fail. We’re not entirely sure who said this but they definitely had a point. Make yourself a spreadsheet, calendar or a wall chart with the amount of time you have left until the big day to help you keep track of where you’re up to.
Aim to be completely sorted a couple of weeks before Christmas to give yourself time for any last minute purchases, it’ll be a much more relaxing run up to Christmas knowing you have everything sorted.
3. Shop Online
Christmas shopping online is by far the easiest way to avoid the crowds, you can get all of your gifts sorted without leaving the comfort of your sofa! It’s also the easiest way to stick to a budget as you can compare prices, take advantage of deals, use voucher codes, get cashback and have everything delivered straight to your door. Plus, by Christmas shopping at The Hut, we cover everything from beauty gifts, perfume and clothes to experience days, laptops and headphones so you can get everyone a gift from the same place, handy.
4. Order in Advance
Everything is against you when there’s only a few days left to go, last minute Christmas shopping seems like a nightmare but plenty of online stores (including The Hut, not that we’re biased) now offer next day delivery up until 9pm in the run up to Christmas. Make sure you are aware of the last delivery dates and order in advance, you can never trust the weather after all! The Hut.com‘s last delivery date for next day delivery at this moment in time is 9pm on the 23rd of December. The last delivery date for standard delivery for The Hut is on the 18th of December.
5. Free Online Delivery
Take advantage of our free delivery offers to save big on postage costs, just visit The Hut delivery page for full details. The Hut offers free delivery on all orders over £20, free next day delivery up until 9pm every weekday when you spend £50 or more (just add the code FNDD2014 at the checkout and select next day delivery) and worldwide delivery.
6. Take Advantage of Offers and Deals On Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Black Friday falls on the 28th of November and Cyber Monday falls on the 1st of December in 2014, this is the weekend when all of the best offers are available as it’s the last payday before Christmas. It’s the perfect time to get some amazing bargains!
7. Stocking Fillers
A collection of smaller presents is sometimes more appreciated than bigger ones, everyone loves to have plenty of presents to open on Christmas day so why not make them a stocking full of them? Shop from the 3 for £20 offer on The Hut and make your money go that little bit further.
8. Why Not Try Secret Santa?
If you have a huge amount of people to buy for, why not suggest a Secret Santa instead of everyone getting everyone a present? Simply set a budget, pick a name out of the hat and everyone gets a thoughtful, surprise present. This can be done with friends, colleagues or your family. It’s always fun to guess who is from who too!
9. Do It Yourself
Everyone loves receiving handmade gifts, it shows that you have taken care and attention to make some just for them. Why not try a spot of baking? A jar of cookies with a ribbon tied around the top make for a great present!
Take a look at the baking department at The Hut to pick up everything you need to bake up a storm this Christmas. Don’t forget to look out for handy recipes on The Hut blog too, why not try these sugar cookies? Just add icing to make them festive!
10. Be the first to know about deals and offers
Sign up to The Hut newsletter to be the very first to know about top deals and offers, take advantage of all of the discounts, savings and sale before anyone else gets a chance!
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