A Christmas 2021 Buying Guide
How to get ahead with your Christmas shopping in 2021 - a Buying Guide to Help you Plan
The festive season can be a stressful time for many of us, with so much pressure on making Christmas “perfect” and finding the perfect gift for loved ones. With the UK media being flooded with stories of shortages and supply issues for Christmas 2021, there is already a sense of panic and stress surrounding the festive season this year.
Starting your Christmas shopping early can help to reduce stress and also spread the cost of the expensive season and this year more than ever, we are being encouraged to start buying gifts early.
This buying guide includes tips and ideas on how to get ahead with your Christmas shopping in 2021. As well as my top tips, I have also included 5 gift ideas for difficult to buy for loved ones, to help you plan for a stress-free festive season.
Getting Organised to get ahead with your Christmas Shopping in 2021
The first step to getting ahead with your Christmas shopping for 2021 is to brainstorm a list of gift ideas for each of your loved ones. Creating a list can help you to plan and stay within your budget as well as helping you to feel more organised. As you start purchasing your Christmas gifts, remember to make a note of what you have bought so that you don’t forget and buy the same person something else as well! If you have children or live in the same house as the gift recipient, you could also add where you have hidden the presents to your list - it is never ideal to be ready to start wrapping and not be able to find one of your gifts.
Focusing on Life Events to get ahead with your Christmas Shopping in 2021
When creating your plan to get ahead with your Christmas shopping, if you are struggling to come up with gift ideas, try to broaden your thinking to focus not just on the person but also on what is happening in their life. Perhaps they had their first child this year and would appreciate a first family Christmas ornament that commemorates this? Or maybe they have recently got a new job and you can get them a handy piece of kit for their new workplace? Perhaps they are going to tie the knot in 2022 and this will be their last Christmas unmarried. If this is the case, a “My Last Christmas as a Miss” mug is a thoughtful gift that acknowledges this big upcoming event in their life.
Alternatively, look to the hobbies and passions of your loved one for inspiration. If, like me, your loved one has a passion for camping and adventure then this personalised “home is where you park it” cushion could be the ideal personal camping gift!
Joyful Gifts to get ahead with your Christmas Shopping in 2021
With the short days, long dark nights and poor British weather, many of us can suffer from the winter blues during the colder months of the year. Winter can be hard for everyone, so gifts that are joyful and focus on cheering up the days are always a lovely idea. A Personalised Hot Chocolate Mug is a great practical gift that can also keep spirits high - plus everybody loves hot chocolate!
Choosing Gifts that Last to get ahead with your Christmas Shopping in 2021
One of the downsides to getting ahead with your Christmas shopping is that some gifts such as food items may go out of date before Christmas day arrives. It is important to bear this in mind when getting ahead with your Christmas shopping and opt for long-lasting gifts. For example, why not buy your loved one dried flowers or a dried wreath instead of fresh? I particularly love this wreath from the Dried Flowers and Decor company!
A Buying Guide to Help you Plan your Christmas Shopping in 2021
If you are still struggling to find gift inspiration to help you to get ahead with your Christmas shopping in 2021, these are my top 5 gifts to get for those difficult to buy for loved ones.
Focus on the festive season and gifts that can be brought out and used year after year such as a personalised Christmas sack.
For a close loved one who has recently lost someone dear to them, an ornament that remembers their loss can be a really special present.
Decor items for the home are always welcome such as an Our Family Decorative Flag, personalised with the names of each family member.
You can’t beat a motivational mug and in a land of tea drinkers, you can never have too many mugs!
The Ultimate Buying Guide to Help you get ahead with your Christmas Shopping in 2021
Christmas will be here before we know it and getting ahead with your Christmas shopping can help you to enjoy and appreciate the festive season, without the stress of finding last-minute gifts. It is never too early to get ahead with your Christmas shopping, if this buying guide has provided you with gift-giving inspiration, why not get started now?!