Christmas, Planning, Presents, Shopping

Have you started your Christmas shopping

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?

 

  1. You can spread the expense over a couple of months.
  2. You are not left running around for gifts at the last minute.
  3. You can order things on-line knowing that they will arrive on time.
  4. You will be able to post international and interstate gifts early in December.
  5. It is less stressful.
Christmas, Planning, Things to do in October

Things to do in October

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
    • Presents
    • Food and drink
    • Postage
    • Electricity bill
    • Gas bill
    • Water rates
    • Council Rates
    • Mortgage/rent payments
    • Car registration
    • Insurances
    • Membership renewals
Christmas, Planning, Things to do in September

Things to do in September

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
Christmas, Planning, Things to do in August

Things to do in August

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.