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If you have already seen Christmas gifts in the shops then you will be well aware that the festive season is – almost unbelievably – about to come round again. Who knows, you might even have seen some stray Christmas decorations and lights up somewhere or heard the festive sounds of Slade and Wham by now.
This is an expensive time of year no matter how you go about things. However, by being smart about the gifts you buy you can make sure that you don’t wildly overspend on them.
Give Yourself Time
The simplest way to spend less on Christmas gifts is by choosing them in plenty of time. If you find yourself running out to the shops on the morning of the 24th of December then there is a very good chance that you will end up paying over the odds. In addition to this, you will probably buy gifts which aren’t all that great either. By starting early you can choose the most suitable presents and also make the most of your budget. Some people take this to the extreme of doing their Christmas shopping in the January sales but even if you aren’t quite so organised you can still start in September or October and stagger your purchases. Buying in plenty of time means that you can also look for bargains on internet sites without having to worry about whether they will arrive in time for the big day. You might not even really notice the cost of 2 or 3 gifts each month, while buying 10 or more from your December pay is far more likely to cause a big hole in your monthly budget.
Go to a Christmas Market
Christmas markets have long been popular in cities across continental Europe and there are fantastic ones held in places like Vienna, Berlin, Nuremburg and Copenhagen. Travelling to one of these places in the run up to Christmas might be an additional expense but would it be worth it? As well as getting a lovely break from the routine you can also choose from a wide selection of different kinds of gifts. In fact, going anywhere different gives you the chance to pick from gift items which you might not find at home. If you don’t fancy the expense of going to a Christmas market abroad then you will find some held in the UK. Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow, Exeter, Newcastle and Wrexham are just a few of the cities where you will usually find festive markets in the run up to Christmas. These are often fantastic places to enjoy an evening of strolling around the stalls trying some festive food and where you might find some interesting gifts too.
A great value way of providing lovely gifts for all your friends and family is by making them. A quick look online for Christmas craft ideas will give you plenty of inspiration for doing this. These can be really special presents, as you will have put a lot of time and effort into them, which is something which everyone appreciates. Lovely decorated candles, personalized photo frames and homemade soap sets are among the most popular ideas you will find. However, if you have a lot of imagination and are good at making things then the sky is the limit. A nice twist on the idea of making your Christmas gifts is that of using recycled goods to do it. This is a great way of helping the planet as well of giving interesting, good value gifts to your loved ones.
How and when do you prepare for Christmas?
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