Believe it or not, but Christmas is just around the corner, and its about time to start planning (if not actually starting) your Christmas present shopping.
Why start early?
- You can spread the expense over a couple of months.
- You are not left running around for gifts at the last minute.
- You can order things on-line knowing that they will arrive on time.
- You will be able to post international and interstate gifts early in December.
- It is less stressful.
Things really start to ramp up in late October, so make sure that your Christmas preparations are underway:
- Buy presents and cards
- Present making
- Start preparing your Christmas budget, at this time of year there are a lot of bills due. Don’t forget to cater for the following expenses:
- Cards and wrapping
- Food and drink
- Electricity bill
- Gas bill
- Water rates
- Council Rates
- Mortgage/rent payments
- Car registration
- Membership renewals
Now is the time to get stuck into your Christmas planning.
- Are you making your own fruit mince? If you have not done so already then this is the last chance to make a really good one.
- Time to start planning for the day
- Are you going to be doing entertaining? When -Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day?
- How many guests are you anticipating?
- Start thinking about themes, food and other party planning things
- Set up a preliminary gift and card list
- Who did you receive cards from last year? Make sure they are on your list.
- Who will you need to have gifts for?
- Are you making gifts, or buying gifts, or a combination of both
Are you planning to go away for Christmas?
- Book hotels and travel (flights etc.) now to ensure that you get the best options and prices
- Let relatives know that you are going away for Christmas
- Don’t forget to book and/or arrange lodgings for your pets while you are away. Last minute arrangements will be expensive (if you can find something).
- Decoration making – work this into your regular week so it doesn’t become a chore
- Present making – again, pace yourself here. Obviously August is too early for perishable items, but it is a good time to start card making, craft gifts and alike.