Christmas might seem like it’s still far away, but it’s less than two months until the big day. But then you factor in the last time you’re going to see some of your friends and colleagues before the holidays. We really don’t have that much time to get ready. I’m still busy celebrating birthdays this month and next. But I’m trying to get ready for Christmas at the same time. I try to be as prepared as I can so I’m not panicking at the last minute. I’m not the sort of person to do a last-minute Christmas Eve shop! But even the most prepared person can feel stuck for ideas. You might feel like you’ve done everything interesting in previous years. If you’re getting yourself in a flap, here are my tips for what to do when you’ve run out of ideas.
Make a List
I love a good list! If you ever need to get organised and inspired, writing things down always helps. When it’s time for me to do my Christmas shopping, I make a list of everyone I need to buy for. Then I separate them into…well, what I’m willing to spend on them really! Close friends and family get something special every year. But colleagues and barely-more-than-acquaintances aren’t so lucky. I still think it’s nice to get them something. But I’m not buying them all designer handbags or West End tickets! This list helps me to get sorted so I don’t feel overwhelmed by what I need to do.
Look in New Places
You might have a few go-to gift shops that you use every Christmas. I know I’m guilty of returning to the same places. But that’s because they usually have just what I’m looking for. But if you feel like you’ll only end up buying the same things as previous years, it’s time to go elsewhere. There are tonnes of shops that sell unique gifts, both online and offline. You could find useful gadgets or entirely useless but funny items. Ask for recommendations from friends and family too because they could have some excellent ideas for where to shop.
This one’s for anyone who enjoys doing any sort of craft, or even likes cooking or baking. Some of the best presents I have ever received have been handmade because I know a lot of love and time has gone into them. If you have any crafty skills, you can put them to use to give someone an awesome gift. Make some candles, some Christmas decorations, or some cute notebooks. If you like cooking or baking, you could make put together some jars of preserves or bake some cakes or biscuits. If you’re worried they won’t last long, you can choose something like a Christmas cake or parkin that you can leave in the tin for ages.
Don’t worry if you’re running out of gift ideas – it happens to the best of us! I’m going to start making my list now, so I’ve got plenty of time to do all my shopping.