I'm lucky, as I go to Christmas Press Days in July, so I know what will be in stores and have already had a chance to do the browsing before the christmas rush comes upon us.
The trick is to keep a list in the back of your diary/notebook. Every time you see something a friend/family member would like or they mention they'd like -WRITE IT DOWN! Then, from October, buy a few things a month and keep them in a box under the bed. Come 24th December, you'll have done all your shopping without feeling bankrupt or exhausted.
With websites like Amazon, it is so easy to just click from your desk without the anxiety of Westfield or parking. Here are a few great/useful christmas presents I'm thinking of buying people this year (friends and family, look away, now!):
|A good 'guy' cookbook. I saw in Anthropologie for £20, then looked online and found for £13.50, Amazon|
|Who doesn't like receiving perfume? This is my new wishlist fragrance, available at Boots. And so I need to mention Advantage points?!|
|Okay, call me old, but I'd love to get some pie dishes -all stacked inside each other! £4.29 each, Lakeland|
|Mini candles - perfect for colleagues, dinner hosts, yourself...£10, Miller Harris|
|MARC by Marc Jacobs iPhone case, £30, Selfridges|
|I love everything Donna Wilson, this 'mog' plate is so cute! £22, Donna Wilson|
|Cute bobble hat, £45, Red Direct|
And if you want to give something BACK (I like to give to The Salvation Army at Christmas), then check out this great initiative being run by John Lewis until 6th December, where you can buy a gift (from as little as £2.99) off their giftlist which will automatically go to women and children in Refuge suffering from Domestic Violence. Visit https://www.johnlewisgiftlist.com/ and use the gift list number 522953.