3 keys tips for stress free Christmas Shopping

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by Big W

It is that time of year that you need to start to consider shopping for Christmas gifts. Some love this time of year, like me.  I really enjoy deciding what gifts to buy, finding the right one, wrapping it and most of all watching them open it.  However, my hubby is the opposite he loathes the Christmas shopping experience from the very beginning, finding a car park drives him nuts, the crowds and wondering around at a slow pace looking for gifts.

Christmas shopping really doesn’t need to be difficult.  I think the big key to a stress free shopping trip  is to go in with a plan, make sure the one shopping centre has everything you need or even better the one store that has a variety of gifts to suit everybody and Big W is just that.  They stock just about everything, from clothes, toys, books, linens, appliances, jewellery, DVD’s, electronics and so much more.  With many big brand names like Lego, Frozen, Apple, Samsung, Jamie Oliver and I even spied a new Cake Boss range in the homewares department, you will find something for everybody within your budget.

Stress Free Christmas Shopping Tips

My three key tips for stress free Christmas shopping

Create a budget

Determine how much money you want to spend on each person.  A great way to do this is browse through the catalogues and get a good indication of how much some of the items are that you want to purchase close family members, add those items to your budget first, than work on the remainder of your budget.  If your budget is stretched very thin really consider the people who you are wanting to buy presents for.  Sometimes you don’t need to buy extravagant gifts for everyone, just a small gesture is enough for co-workers, teachers, neighbours, friends etc.

Create a list

Based on your budget, determine what you want to buy for each person, we typically give the kids a few gifts (see more below) and one gift from the whole family to extended family and friends.

When considering gifts for the kids I use this rule:

  • something to wear
  • something to read
  • something they want
  • something they need

This method really helps us to stay within budget as well as not buy excess gifts as this can become really easy to do which then blows the budget.  Use this chart below to help you create a gift list for your kids. Use the code ‘ bigwgifts ‘ at checkout to download the Christmas Gift List page for FREE, download here.

Christmas Gift List Printable

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Create some time

For those who loath the Christmas shopping experience they might put off their christmas shopping to the last-minute and understandably this is why they find it so frustrating.

Plan some dates in your diary to go shopping, don’t put the pressure on yourself to get it all done in the one outing, over the next 4 weeks put aside two dates in your calendar to spend time Christmas Shopping.  This will then allow enough time for your to wrap the gifts and put them under the tree.  If you need to post gifts make sure that you have purchased these gifts in your 1st shopping trip.

Gift Ideas at Big W

Check out the electronics section for Dad

{The Organised Housewife} Big W Christmas Trip 1

Loads of bikes to choose from

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Sporting equipment for the fitness fanatics{The Organised Housewife} Big W Christmas Trip 3

A plant for Grandma{The Organised Housewife} Big W Christmas Trip 4

Can’t forget the pets!{The Organised Housewife} Big W Christmas Trip 5

Eskies, drink bottles and more for those who love the outdoors

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Books for everybody{The Organised Housewife} Big W Christmas Trip 7

Something for the creative minds

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Great range of perfumes

{The Organised Housewife} Big W Christmas Trip 8

Any female will happily enjoy receiving some clothes, love that they have added matching accessories in the isle as well, this makes it easier for the men to pick out a lovely new outfit with matching necklace or clutch for his special lady!

{The Organised Housewife} Big W Christmas Trip 9

Can’t forget the essentials like nighties for Grandma and Mum

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and the good ole jocks!{The Organised Housewife} Big W Christmas Trip 11

After you have all your gifts stop by the Christmas section to pick up some wrapping, ribbon and tags and you will just about have your shopping complete!!

What is your best
Christmas Shopping tip?

 

 

This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group and run in accordance with my disclosure policy

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6 comments

Jenni November 14, 2014 - 11:52 PM

Adorable Printable! Thank you for sharing it!!! I can’t wait to use it!

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Anne November 15, 2014 - 5:20 PM

I offered to do my daughters ironing and in return she wrapped all my presents. It was fantastic and has really helped both of us. Last year I babysat and she and her brother did all the food shopping for Christmas. I loved being with the kids and they appreciated some time out.

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Maureen November 16, 2014 - 8:10 AM

Could you please take me off the mailing list? Thanks. I couldn’t find the ‘unsubscribe’ button.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 17, 2014 - 9:35 AM

Hi Maureen, Sorry it is something you have to do from your computer. If you go to the bottom of the newsletter page you will see the unsubscribe, just click that.

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Leah November 16, 2014 - 2:18 PM

It would be great if this list was in your Xmas planner 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 17, 2014 - 9:49 AM

Hi Leah, you can purchase it in my shop. Here is the link for youhttps://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/shop/product/christmas-gift-list/

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