Tips to reduce Christmas Shopping Stress

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by BIG W

With the final weeks approaching before the kids start school holidays it’s a great opportunity to complete your Christmas shopping.  As we all know shopping with kids is hard, the whining, the wanting of everything and especially trying to hide gifts purchased for them so they can’t see can be difficult. I’m joining BIG W to share with you a guide and strategies to help reduce the stress of Christmas Shopping, plus I found some really great gift ideas.

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BIG W is making it easier for you to create memorable moments for the whole family and being able to complete your Christmas shopping all under the one roof.

  1. Create your Christmas shopping list – this will ensure you don’t forget anybody
  2. Circle items in the catalogue – to give you an idea of the gifts you are wanting.  Take the catalogue with you so you can show the staff instore the item you are wanting and they can then easily point you in the right direction.
  3. Shop solo – drop the kids at grandmas, plan to shop while they are at school or daycare, or leave them at home with your partner and shop at BIG W in the evening, most stores are open till late even through the week! Find hours for your local store here. Shopping without children is ever so helpful so they won’t distract you in your mission to complete your shop.  Also, don’t plan on shopping with a friend as they too can be a distraction.  You may not want to purchase the same type of gifts and chatting and catching up may interfere with your mission!
  4. Start early – have a healthy breakfast and coffee before you arrive at the shops. You’ll be on a mission to complete your shopping list and healthy start to the day will give you all the energy you need!
  5. Be organised – get a trolley so you don’t have to carry everything and have on hand your shopping list and a pen.  As you put an item into your trolley cross it off your list, this will make it easier to determine what is left to purchase and that you won’t double up on gifts.

Think Christmas – Think BIG W

Spread the joy for less this Christmas, BIG W has a huge selection of gifts to suit everybody in the family with unbeatable prices, the one-stop shop for everything you need #thinkBIGW.  I’ve shared a few last-minute gifting inspiration below.

Don’t forget you can shop online view Big W Christmas website.  Visit their facebook and instagram to keep up-to-date with latest offers.

Gifts for Him

Silverlit Mini Quad Copter – Fly high with the Silverlit Mini Quad Copter. One of the smallest quad copters on the market weighing in at only 2.4g! Undertake your own secret missions with this stealthily small toy helicopter with 4 propellers.

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A great gift that father and son can spend some time outside together with.Big-W-Copter-2

Find more Christmas Gifts for Him.

Gifts for Her

NutriBullet – effortlessly pulverises raw fruits, vegetables and superfoods to unlock the vital nutrition inside. A great gift for those that have very busy mornings, to quickly whip up a fruit smoothie before heading out the door. I love how quick and easy the nutribullet is to use and very easy to clean.

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Smoothies and Juices – Or if your recipient already has something to make smoothies, consider a recipe book. This little book is packed with delicious and nourishing smoothie and juice recipes that you can whip up in a jiffy.

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The Ultimate Colouring Experience – The Ultimate Colouring Experience has everything needed to get inspired and find inner calm. Everything you need to doodle, create and colour is in this kit, so go with the flow and see where your imagination takes you!

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Find more Christmas Gifts for Her

Gifts for Kids

Shopkins – is a popular new line of cute, tiny, grocery-themed characters that kids are going crazy for.  I’ve been hearing stories of parents madly hunting sets down. It’s a little mini kitchen mixer and adorable snow peas!!!

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Bunch O Balloons – Bunch O Balloons is the ultimate way to make water balloons! Connect the attachment to a hose, fill the balloons and see them self-tie to make over 100 water balloons in seconds.

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They come in a range of different colours, pick the bright coloured ones so the balloons are easy to find on the grass.

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Find more Christmas Gifts for Kids.

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

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21 comments

Mandy, Barbie Bieber and Beyond December 3, 2015 - 10:02 AM

I haven’t even started yet and I an quietly freaking out! We are currently putting in a kitchen (as you do a few weeks out from Christmas)..I will think about it next week. Great suggestions here.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 3, 2015 - 10:42 AM

If you can Mandy get to the shops child free so you can complete all your shopping in one go 🙂

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Sairey December 12, 2015 - 11:29 PM

I do ALL of those tips and it is still stressful.. the lines are big and it just seems everyone is in a last minute rush so i strongly suggest not taking children as my daughter got bumped to the ground ? hurting her head and i had to leave the trolley with all gifts in it as she was bleeding.. and once we had her calm and established it wasnt major we continued to trolley to see people had picked through so we just left.. done it all last week while she was in daycare and it was so much easier as i only had to look out for the things i needed rather then making sure my kids didnt get run over in the mad dash ?????

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Sairey December 12, 2015 - 11:30 PM

I do ALL of those tips and it is still stressful.. the lines are big and it just seems everyone is in a last minute rush so i strongly suggest not taking children as my daughter got bumped to the ground ? hurting her head and i had to leave the trolley with all gifts in it as she was bleeding.. and once we had her calm and established it wasnt major we continued to trolley to see people had picked through so we just left.. done it all last week while she was in daycare and it was so much easier as i only had to look out for the things i needed rather then making sure my kids didnt get run over in the mad dash ?????

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Sairey December 12, 2015 - 11:30 PM

I do ALL of those tips and it is still stressful.. the lines are big and it just seems everyone is in a last minute rush so i strongly suggest not taking children as my daughter got bumped to the ground ? hurting her head and i had to leave the trolley with all gifts in it as she was bleeding.. and once we had her calm and established it wasnt major we continued to trolley to see people had picked through so we just left.. done it all last week while she was in daycare and it was so much easier as i only had to look out for the things i needed rather then making sure my kids didnt get run over in the mad dash ?????

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Caitlyn December 3, 2015 - 10:55 AM

I try and get my shopping done in the mid year sales, but these are usually on during school holidays when the kids are around, so I can’t sneakily do it, so I didn’t buy in the sales this year and still have all the kids gifts to buy. Love your tips Kat, as this usually stresses me out quite a bit I become quite anxious how to do it, I didn’t realise that Big W was open past 5pm, good to know.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 3, 2015 - 9:40 PM

Yes it’s brilliant, and it’s a quite time to shop. The staff are re-stocking the shelves and happy to grab items from out the back if you can’t find it 🙂

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sheryl December 3, 2015 - 7:12 PM

my Christmas treat for my working family is to cook for their freezer over Christmas ..I am retired now so have plenty of time ..they give me ingredients and I do egg and bacon pies ..savery toast ..sausage rolls are just puff pastry skinned sausages rolled up cover with egg with pastry brush ….all flavoured sausages now make these a treat ..biscuit mixture to put in freezer just need to roll in balls flatten and cook .there are just so many things to make and my family just love it and to tell the truth I just love doing it for them ,

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 3, 2015 - 9:38 PM

Same Sheryl, I get such a joy out of baking and my family enjoying it 🙂 Egg and bacon pies sound delicous!

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Best Toys For Boys In Australia December 3, 2015 - 8:36 PM

Wow ! Really wonderful kids christmas gifts .

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 3, 2015 - 9:37 PM

yes my son was struggling to pick the best, the quad copter or water balloons 🙂

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Justine December 4, 2015 - 6:31 AM

I’ve been wondering how to get all my shopping done, this has helped thank you, tick for a gift for my nephew, tick for those cute shopkins for my daughter an tick, I’m going to get my mum to look after my kids so I can get the shopping done and dusted, sometimes I don’t like to ask but your right if i don’t it won’t get done.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 6, 2015 - 10:48 PM

and you never know Justine, your mum may be stoked that you asked and can spend time with the grandkids.

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Lucy F December 4, 2015 - 6:33 AM

No way….. water balloons that don’t take over an hour to fill them all up and hurt your fingers, never. I didn’t realise there was such a think, brilliant, I’m going to buy some for my sons end of year celebrations for school, he will be so surprised.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 6, 2015 - 10:47 PM

they will have a blast Lucy, they will be filled in no time and off having fun!

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Belinda December 8, 2015 - 10:50 AM

I buy bits and pieces throughout the year. Iy all goes in a box. Than i do the june/july sales on layby till as close to christmas as i can. Big w u can also layby gift cards that arnt activated until u pick them up. That way if u dont know what they will like at Christmas it’s already paid for. Or just give them the card to pick out. Useful for teens. But if ur going away u can use the gift cards for food at woolies or Woolworths petrol. Christmas is paid for over 6 months that way. Done and dusted. No stress small fortnightly payments. Than Merry Christmas.

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Pamela December 8, 2015 - 8:03 PM

Best tip ever “shop online” omg wow i tell you this christmas i have been pushed with time. Working 5 days a week and weekends off is hard work when you have kids and when your hubby works most weekend. But i can’t even begin to tell you how much i saved. You know you go to the shops to pick up 2 things you seen advertised you walk out with 10 more items double spent what you was going to and making yourself broke in the mean time. I had a hard look last year at all the silly stuff i got for my kids when i went shopping some stuff never even got touched just chucked in the bin because it was $2 items that i thought was cool and my son’t didn’t. So shop on line if you do it right you can get free deliver its all done and delivered to your door with in a couple of days of being ordered. You can beat the crowed, stay cool in your own home and shop in your pjs if you want to :-).

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 14, 2015 - 7:32 PM

great tip Pamela, yes it does make you stick to your list to keep in budget!

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Sairey December 12, 2015 - 11:30 PM

I do ALL of those tips and it is still stressful.. the lines are big and it just seems everyone is in a last minute rush so i strongly suggest not taking children as my daughter got bumped to the ground ? hurting her head and i had to leave the trolley with all gifts in it as she was bleeding.. and once we had her calm and established it wasnt major we continued to trolley to see people had picked through so we just left.. done it all last week while she was in daycare and it was so much easier as i only had to look out for the things i needed rather then making sure my kids didnt get run over in the mad dash ?????

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 14, 2015 - 7:30 PM

ooh Sairey, that sounds awful, hope you daughters is ok?

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Sairey December 16, 2015 - 11:12 AM

She was ok.. but if people can avoid it leaving the kids at home with someone is better for them and to get the shopping done ?

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