It feels like three weeks ago that the Christmas tree came down. There are probably still leftovers from the excessive Christmas snack mountain lurking in the back of the kitchen cupboards. But is it too early to start thinking about Christmas 2019?
The answer is a resounding no! While getting into the festive spirit might seem a bit alien to you when you’re thinking more about sipping cocktails next to the barbecue. And you might not be the kind of person who counts down the days. But getting a head start on the Christmas shopping is an excellent idea.
1. You’ve Got Time.
Buying gifts can be really stressful. If you’ve got lots of people to buy for, you’ve got to think about all the different things that they might like. You may be looking for fair trade gifts for your partner, or toys for the kids.
Often we spend the whole of November and December racking our brains trying to come up with an idea of what to get our loved ones. If you start early, you can do it in a much calmer fashion. You don’t have to stress about what people might want. You can ask subtle questions and get ideas of what someone may want, and chances are they won’t even be thinking about Christmas at all, so won’t cotton on.
2. You Can Spread The Cost.
The earlier you start, the sooner you get it all paid for. If you don’t start thinking about Christmas until much later in the year, chances are you’ll be buying everything out of the last couple of wage packets of the year. Picking things up as you come across them is a great way of spreading the cost.
3. You’ll Save Money.
The summer sales are a great time to pick up a genuine bargain. Very often retailers need to make space in the summer for the onslaught of stock they are going to start receiving in store come September. Very often, they deal with this stock by having a clear-out, selling off old lines to make way for the new. This is when you will get the best bargains. These are genuine sale items; they have not been bought in mainly to sell at this price, as you might find in the Black Friday sales.
4. You Won’t Have To Deal With The Crowds.
There is so much stress involved in preparing for the festive season. Everyone feels it, and then when we are all stressed, we all convene en masse around a shopping mall and fight our way through crowds of people to try and grasp at items that we think might sell out. Very often, we make bad decisions because we are under stress. And the atmosphere in busy stores can make us feel even worse.
Doing your shopping much earlier in the year will likely mean that the stores will be much quieter. You will be able to get the assistance of a member of staff too calmly.