Now that you have completed your gift list, it’s time to plan your shopping trip(s).
Start by looking down your list and marking the items that you’ll buy online. You might want to set aside an afternoon or evening to order everything in one go; or visit one online store each evening next week.
For the shops that you want to visit in person, how will you shop? Will you book out a day in your diary later this month to go shopping? Is this something that you’d like to do together with a friend or your husband? Do you also need to take your children shopping to choose the presents that they will be giving?
It can seem quite overwhelming to try to buy everything off your list in one go, and if you have the chance to shop often, e.g. at lunchtime or on the way home from the school-run, for example, you might want to make several smaller trips instead. When my children were toddlers I used to walk into town several times a week and visit a maximum of 3 shops – as much as we could all cope with on the way to the library or park – but it got the job done in a few weeks with minimum stress. There was also a year when I really couldn’t face the shops and I did ALL my shopping online one Saturday afternoon!
I already have a few packages that have been delivered and I’m planning a final online shop tomorrow and real-time shopping next Friday, plus a couple of Saturday trips with my children to help them buy their presents for each other.
Enjoy planning and then completing your shopping – and smile because this is a BIG one to cross off your list!