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It barely feels like seconds ago that the Christmas tree was getting packed away, and already the year is flying by. It’s not uncommon to not want to start thinking about Christmas while it’s still summer, but getting a head start on the planning and buying can mean that you will be able to relax for once when the festive season hits.
The shops might still be full of bikinis and barbeque accessories, but if you do a bit of digging around you can start getting some bargains put aside now, ready to treat those you love during the festive season.
Spread The Cost, Spread The Stress
Starting buying gifts early in the year helps you, as it spreads the cost of Christmas, and if you’ve got a big family, you will probably need this. It also prevents you from having to stress about what to buy for everyone on the weeks running up to the 25th of December.
The Sales Are Better Earlier In The Year
How many times have you left all of your shopping until after the Black Friday offers? You wait for them to come around, and then you’re disappointed by the offerings, and you’re back to square one. Black Friday has been a great marketing ploy for many retailers; however, many of the products are available at those prices at other times of the year too. The sales are just designed to cause panic buying which fill the tills ahead of the festive season. Don’t fall for these tricks.
Retailers like to clear the decks during the summer, way ahead of the Christmas season, to make room for the increased stock levels. Black Friday sales items are generally brought in specifically for the offer. Buying from a genuine sale, earlier in the year is when you will see the most significant reduction compared to the products actual value.
It Gives You Time To Get Custom Items
You might want to get some beautiful pet art featuring your family dog, or you might want an item engraved. For anything that will take that little bit of extra time to prepare, buying early stops any doubts about if it will be ready in time. As you get closer to Christmas, companies will be inundated with custom orders, so beat the queues.
There Are Fewer Crowds
It’s the most wonderful time of the year until you spend a day fighting through the crowds, getting stressed and angry. It always seems like a good idea at first, but when you’re out in the stores at Christmas, you suddenly regret leaving it so late. Beat the crowds and shop when it’s quiet. You can actually find a spare assistant in the store too who will look like they’re happy to help during the quieter months.
The Weather Is Better
Shopping during wind, snow, and rain is no fun. When the weather is better, we are less inclined to want to be wrapped up in bed. Snow and ice can be pretty treacherous too.
What are some of the reasons why you start your Christmas shopping now?