It feels like a blink of an eye since you were serving up Christmas dinner. You probably don’t want to start thinking about it yet, but there are plenty of excellent reasons why you should be.
Many of us are quite happy to not think about the most expensive time of the year until at least November. But planning ahead and buying as many of your Christmas gifts and essentials can be really beneficial.
You Can Allow Time For Custom Gifts
You might want to buy your partner some custom dog art featuring your lovely dachshund. You might fancy getting something made to measure. Personalized gifts mean a lot more to the recipient, but they do take longer to arrive. If you order them in advance, you beat the rush, and you know you’re guaranteed to get it back in time.
You Will Spread The Cost
One of the most apparent benefits is that instead of buying all of the gifts at once, using your entire pay packet the month before the big day, you can spread the cost over a few months. Buying things bit-by-bit will mean that you don’t see a massive chunk of your hard-earned money just vanish into thin air.
You Can Think Ahead
How often have you left it late and ended up panic buying? Retailers love a last-minute shopper because it is the best way of getting rid of all of the slow-selling lines that nobody wanted. The person who leaves it too late gets left with the poor choices.
There is much less stress in giving yourself plenty of time to think about things. With any luck, by the time party season hits, all of your presents will be wrapped and packed away, meaning that your evenings are free for relaxing and enjoying.
The Sales Are Actually Better Earlier In The Year
Yes, this is true. There is often the perception that Black Friday sales are the best of the year. But they are a marketing ploy. All of the products have been bought in specifically for that offer. If you want to see a genuine reduction, try shopping around the time when the stores are clearing their stockrooms ready for the big Christmas deliveries about to hit. Many retailers will have an end of season clear out, to wave goodbye to lines that they will no longer carry.
You Beat The Rush
Swarms of people flocking around shops at Christmas can make everything that extra bit more stressful. It’s exhausting having to fight your way through the high street, or queue for ages in each shop. Getting your shopping done during the quieter months makes the whole experience much more pleasant. You can take your time over your decisions, and not feel pressured by the uncomfortable feeling that you’re in someone else’s way.
So what are you waiting for, start now and then put your feet up when November comes, and everyone else is in a rush to buy everything in sight.