Christmas Shopping - The Madness Begins - How To Stay Sane

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Hello everyone! Today's guest post is by James Mechan who works with a Christmas tree specialist. They provide a huge range of Christmas trees and pride themselves on their customer service and delivery options.  

It’s getting darker, and a little chillier. Is this making you think about Christmas? Is this evoking thoughts of minced pies and mulled wine? Family and loved ones gathering around the fire? Carols playing in the background… Or does the change of season fill you with sudden blind panic – the what, when, where, who and how of Christmas shopping. Not to mention the long checkout queues, crowded shops, waiting ages for parking spaces, annoying elf‑adorned employees, and the same carols in every shop!

While Christmas is undoubtedly magical, the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping makes it one of the most stressful times of the year. Whether you’re more about finding the best deals, or hunting down that exclusive gift, Christmas shopping usually demands patience, planning, and energy. The perfect recipe for stress should any one of these ingredients fail. 

The solution to your problems is technology! From your laptop to your smartphone apps, have come up with some novel ideas on how to stay sane when the Christmas shopping madness begins.

The first stage of planning in any Christmas shopping campaign is to make your gift list. This is so important because it gives you focus and direction on your shopping trip. Not just that, a list will help you stick to your budget. You could opt for a traditional pen and paper list, but then there’s always the risk of losing it or spilling your shopping break coffee all over it! Try going digital on your smartphone instead. It’s more efficient and you can check your list off as you go… easy peasy. There are lots of list apps out there at the moment, and many specific ones for Christmas.

The second thing to do before you hit the shops is to search on your laptop for the best deals. There are loads of comparison sites that will help you compare prices for the same product across a range of retailers. Your laptop lets you shop around without having to go anywhere!

So now it’s time to get out there and get shopping. No matter how smart your plans are, something will no doubt go wrong! What if the shop has just sold out of that exclusive gift? Use your smartphone to look for an alternative gift on the go.

So now you’ve found your gifts, all you have left to do is pay. Don’t waste your queuing time! Get on your smartphone and start looking for voucher apps for money off the gift you’re buying. Most big stores have their own apps too, so make sure you check them out for special offers or discounts.

Don’t do your Christmas shopping the traditional way this year. By using technology to your advantage, you can ease the stress of Christmas shopping. We’re sure you’ll get it done in half the time too! That means you can sit back, put your feet up, grab yourself a mince pie, and enjoy some  Christmas carols (without having heard them 20 times over!)

Thanks so much James for your spin on holiday shopping. My husband enjoys shopping at the stores and standing in lines on the biggest shopping holiday of the year, Black Friday. Me, I like shopping from my computer as I have done in the past. You are right in that you can compare prices from a long range of retailers all from the comfort of your home. I love finding the best deals and FREE shipping!! Thanks again.