It’s almost CHRISTMAS! The big day is in sight and the smug early shoppers probably have all their wrapping done by now, but, if you are a bit of a last minute Lucy and plan to spend your Christmas Eve shopping then I’m here to help, sort of.
It’s the same every year, I’ll start early, this time I’ll be organised, everything will be bought and wrapped a week before Christmas Day, but once again you are panic buying on Christmas Eve. Here are some helpful tips and tricks for all you last minute shoppers.
If you are on the hunt of a gift for a lady then always remember you can NEVER go wrong with a candle. As women we are born with a weird, bordering on pyromaniac, obsession with candles. My top picks are the classic Yankee candle or the aromatherapy candle Neom.
When buying sets, please, for the love of all that is good and holy, stay away from anything that has the words ‘anti-aging’. Instead opt for the words, plumping, moisturising and cleansing.
If you don’t know the recipients size, do NOT guess. Ask someone, or just forget it! It’s not worth the trip to A&E on Christmas Day.
Disclaimer, I do not condone violence of any sort, even if someone grossly exaggerates your size.
For the gentlemen, I have one rule, avoid Lynx sets. Nivea sets, I personally don’t have a problem with, but maybe reach for brands such as Fat Face or FCUK. It gives the impression you put in that little bit more thought than the stereotypical, and dreaded, Lynx set.
Socks and boxers are a no go, apparently..Ok they are great stocking fillers, (pun intended) but don’t make it your main gift.
Next item for the men in your life, Fifa. Thats it. Enough said. Buy Fifa. If they aren’t into football, Crash Bandicoot is back and is something the whole family can play. If they are a gamer, a good set of headphones, with a microphone is a thoughtful and not an overly expensive or hard to find gift.
And remember, when in doubt, buy a voucher!
Unfortunately at times Christmas and the gift giving process can cause an awful lot of anxiety and stress. Buyers stress over the amount they have spent or bought for their loved ones and in our current materialistic society brand names at times take precedence over the likes of Penneys. I know, who in their right mind doesn’t love a bit of Penneys!
Remember that these are just things, that will either go out of fashion, run out or be overshadowed by next years hot gadget. If you don’t get that thing that you reeealy wanted, don’t sit like little miss spoiled, revel in the gifts you did receive and the ones you gave to others. Watching people opening gifts is one of my favourite things.
Christmas is the time for giving, yes, but that doesn’t just equate to physical items. It can be a hard and lonely time for some, give the gift of company and an ear to bend if nothing else.
I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, may it be filled with laughter, love, lots of food and leftovers, for Stephen’s Day of course.
Make memories, laugh, play ridiculous games, drink and, this is the important one, eat everything in sight then fall asleep on the sofa whilst A Muppets Christmas Carol plays in the background.