Take a Look at the Best Approach to Christmas

Oct 23, 2013, 12:22 ET from

NOTTINGHAM, England, October 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Last year Sainsbury's Bank conducted a poll which found that a third of Britons had left their Christmas shopping until the 23rd December, don't be one of those people this year. Follow's guide to a more pleasant Christmas experience.

The number one rule is not to lull yourself into a false sense of security. Phrases such as "It's only October", "They'll be plenty of offers on closer to Christmas" or "I won't feel Christmassy if I do all my Christmas shopping now" should be banned, planning is essential and is they key to ensure a calm Christmas experience.

Gift guides are everywhere so stock up on them, get the highlighters and sticky note pads out and make a note of suitable ideas for each person on your list, five ideas per person is the ideal number just in case you can't find them in store or online. As soon as this task is complete then get yourself to the shops as soon as you can and hunt them down.

One of the main bonuses to starting your Christmas shopping early is that the items you're looking for are less likely to be out of stock, and if they are then you haven't left yourself short of time meaning you can wait until the next batch are in stock. This also includes Christmas cards, it is no secret that all the good ones are gone by November, so make sure that you get these in advance too.

Shopping online is the perfect way to skip the massive queues in store coupled with people running around and snapping the gift you wanted off the shelf! Also, websites have made it easier than ever with gifts organised by gender, price range, specific items and gift finder tools. However, this still needs to be completed in advance to ensure that your gifts are delivered in time, are what you ordered and that all the pieces are intact.

Once all of your Christmas shopping, including gift wrap and cards, has been completed then it is time to enjoy the festive season. Leave the wrapping and Christmas baking until mid December as it is these activities that inject that festive feeling - not the panic buying.

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