‘And I surely like to get my hands on the fella that said Christmas shoppin’s fun’

At this time of year, where store windows light up and snowflakes fall, it can be hard to resist the call of the outdoors. And it’s good, of course, to embrace the High Street – to shop with your hands and not with your laptop. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut Christmas shopping can also be really, really stressful, and with so many eager shoppers out hunting for bargains, it can be a mission to even remain upright in the busier shops. And for the anxious, highly strung and easily shoved among us, these times are some of the most irritating, demoralising and generally un-festive of our entire Christmas holiday. It makes you want to run for the door as fast as you can. PB260319.jpgSo I thought, as part of this year’s Blogmas, I would try and come up with a few simple tips to help you keep calm, and stay sane, when hunting for those precious Christmas pressies!

Take breaks

Whether it’s the pre-shopping coffee, having just spotted the woolly hatted masses heaving through the streets and turned away in a panic, or the mid-way pitstop, to refuel and refresh yourself for the next few hours of chaos. Try to avoid the major chains if you really want somewhere to de-stress and stick to the quainter, smaller foodie spots for some quality brunch time.PB260335.jpg

Plan

If the idea of an uncoordinated mosh-pit shopping experience really doesn’t take your fancy, why not take a couple of hours to sit down and organise your day. What gifts are going where, where are the best sales at, can you get this cheaper online, is this gift really worth the anxiety? There are so many sites and discount sources to help you track the best reductions, there’s no reason to be left floundering this December. PB260316.jpg

Dress to Un-impress

Although we all want to look our best as we strut around the high street, desperate for that festive photo-finish, but in reality, it’s not always the most practical look for shopping. For most people, the basic outfits for Christmas shopping should include:

Gloves. So the sharp straps of all your many shopping bags don’t slice into your fingers.

Comfy jeans/trousers. We all know that Christmas shopping isn’t Christmas shopping without picking up a little treat for ourselves – so why not make it easier on yourself and pick out an outfit that’s easy to take off, you know, just in case something catches your eye.

Hard-soled shoes. There’s nothing worse than sore, blistered feet when trawling the shops. Pick out a pair that you know can keep you upright for the day, without wearing down to the ground in the process. PB260309.jpgA big, non-slip bag. The one thing that always manages to irritate me when out shopping is my handbag. It constantly seems to slip from shoulder and come crashing down onto my wrist, right at the crucial point of paying, collecting or trying to leave a high-brow store. Find one that’s big enough to store some of your smaller trinkets in, but with a solid enough strap to actually stay upon your person.

And no hats. Hats will get knocked off, fall to the floor, slip over your eyes and inevitably mess up that hair-do you spent most of the morning trying to perfect. They might look adorable, but in reality, they’re not exactly an essential when doing the festive shop. PB260305.jpg

Happy Thoughts

When caught in the depths of Christmas Shopping Hell, one of the last things you’ll want to do is conjure up ‘happy thoughts’. You’re stressed, you’re sweaty, you’re tired and you kind of hate everyone you love for making you buy them Christmas presents. But honestly, so is everyone else. Everyone else is just trying to make the same journey you are, they all want the same perfect present, and they all want to show just how much they love someone with a gift. Yes people might shove you, and bother you, and barge into your in their hurry, but it’s Christmas. It’s a time to forgive and forget and be happy in the knowledge that when the big day comes, everyone will have everything they wanted and there’ll be nothing but smiles in the house. PB260294.jpgAnd if these tips still haven’t swayed you, here’s a list of big superstores to avoid instead, if the Christmas shopping does eventually get too much.

  • Harrods
  • John Lewis
  • Debenhams
  • M&S
  • Tesco
  • Asda
  • The Range
  • B&M
  • Argos

If you decide to go into any of these shops, then God Speed and good luck to you my brave friend. PB260334.jpgThank you so much for reading, I hope you’re all enjoying Blogmas as much as I am…and here’s to hoping the Boxing Day Sales aren’t half as bad! Cheers!

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