Christmas means something different for everyone, some want family time, some want parties and some want a time of relaxation, cheese and chocolate. There are loads of things you have to think about at Christmas and it can become overwhelming and expensive. Things will be different for everyone this year, times are harder than before and our normal Christmas traditions could go out the window, so we need to be able to find ways to make ourselves and our homes feel a little more festive in an affordable and stress-free way. It could be become all a little overwhelming at times, trying to plan everything and getting stuff sorted out in time, especially with all of the uncertainty of this year. We have some ideas and ways for you to make the Christmas period more manageable.
Plan, plan, plan
Sometimes having a plan or a list in front of you can really help you to break things down into manageable chunks. Try finding a Christmas planner like this one from Not on The High Street, these planners have room for shopping lists, cards received/sent lists, and many have reflection pages, too. If you love to make lists and plans to help you manage situations and monitor your budget, these are a fab idea. You can always check Pinterest for a downloadable Christmas planning sheet too.
Use Secret Santa
A few years ago, our family realised that each household was spending a huge amount of money on presents for everyone. We decided that it would be easier to have a Secret Santa format: where everyone has the same budget, we all buy one present, and everyone receives a present specifically chosen for them. This worked so well, that we extended this to all of the other sides of the family that we normally buy for. It’s a super fun time after everyone has opened their presents to guess who had who. With this year being a tough year, suggest to your friends and family to try a Secret Santa, it substantially reduces your time and budget pressures – you won’t regret it!
Gift Wrapping Services
Like many online shops, Chocolates of Glenshiel offer a gift-wrapping service which means whatever presents you’re buying online, you can have them gift wrapped and sent directly to the recipient. This option could relieve the pressure of sending parcels yourself across the country. We can wrap your gift for £3, in brown paper with some festive ribbons, we can also add a handwritten Christmas card for £2.50, check these cards out here!