The idea of starting your Christmas shopping at this stage of the year probably sounds ludicrous. To be fair, we can understand why you might think this. However, it is also true that many of us start to think about Christmas at this time of year, but all too easily fall into the trap of thinking we have plenty of time, and that we can do it later.
Unfortunately, later often turns into too late, and before you know it the plans you thought you had have turned into an unmitigated disaster.
Here are the five reasons why you should start your Christmas shopping now.
Done and Dusted
There’s really nowhere else to start; the feeling of liberation you’ll have when you know that your shopping is completed is amazing.
You can then sit back and laugh at the thought of everyone else tearing their hair out as they battle through the December crowds trying to find what their children asked for.
Buy Your First Choice
The most popular toys start selling out from October onwards. That sounds incredible, but demand is so high for many products, particularly new ones, that it is impossible to predict with any accuracy what is going to sell.
There is probably no more awkward a conversation than the one you have with a child when you tell them that Father Christmas, this magical man who makes dreams come true, has been unable to bring them what they asked for. Whether it is a doll from A Girl for All Time, a Marvel action figure, or a favorite board game, make sure you’re in a position to buy the most important things on the list.
Approaching Christmas is a time when we’re all thinking about money and can find it difficult to find everything we need, money wise; even those of us who are ardent financial planners struggle at times!
If you start your Christmas shopping now, however, then money at the end of the year won’t be a problem; if you do need to spend more then it’ll be a little rather than a lot.
The Time is Now
While certain industries, particularly retail, get busier around Christmas, we all know that everything slows down because of the number of people trying to get things done. Even if you aren’t in a role where you work longer hours at the back end of the year, you’re going to find your time squeezed thanks to everyone else who is out and about.
Heading out now, or in early September when the schools have restarted, will give you a massive advantage.
The Thought Counts
Not everything you buy for Christmas presents is going to be from a wish list. When you have to choose presents for people yourself, it is easy to adopt a ‘that’ll do’ attitude and regret it later. Going early means you can actually think about what you’re buying, and not just pick up the thing closest to you when you’re stood beside the till.
There really isn’t any reason not to complete your Christmas shopping at the earliest opportunity; if you haven’t already started to plan, it is time to do so.