Are you completely relaxed and prepared for Christmas? No, of course, you aren’t, none of us are… Don’t let all the stress get you down because it will all be worth it in the end (We hope…)
We have compiled a Bear Grylls like survival guide to help you get through the festive season… Whether it’s the irritating drunk relatives or just the sheer fact you have to spend your own money on other people, we have a survival tip to cover just about everything.
We are going to start from the very beginning of the Christmas preparation right through until it’s all over.
- Plan Ahead
There is nothing worse than a last-minute rush, especially at a busy time like Christmas.
Let’s start by talking about planning Christmas presents. You’ve probably been receiving hints or lists in the build-up to Christmas, so use that useless memory of yours and remember what people ACTUALLY want! Don’t buy something half-assed and put them through the “Oh thank you I absolutely love it” when they are just lying… They hate your present.
You can prevent this failure by asking people what they want for Christmas early. Then at least if you can’t find it or it is sold out, you have the chance to ask them what else they would like and sort out a replacement.
A good way of keeping these ideas is by simply typing them into your notes onto your phone as soon as they mention them. Then you can plan when you are going to get them.
As for planning ahead for your Christmas cards… This can be done by starting out by making yourself a Christmas card list.
This list should compile of people you actually like, family (because it doesn’t matter if you do or do not like them) you have to buy them a card and then you best friends and people close to you.
We understand that could create quite a hefty list, but at least you know you wont miss anybody. There isn’t anything more awkward then receiving a Christmas card but not sending one to that person.
Once you have your list together, go through all of our best Christmas cards and find one that can suit each of your recipients.
We usually do this by matching a type of card to their personality. For example, if they don’t have a sense of humour, get them one of our beautifully unique cards whereas if they can take a joke, get them one of our rude Christmas cards. With plenty of styles to choose from, you are bound to find something for your recipient.
Once you have got your Christmas card and gifts ready you should be left with plenty of time to post them.
Planning ahead gives you opportunity to plan when you are going to post them or when you will drop them over. This means that no one will be getting Christmas cards & gifts late this year.
This tip you could quite easily include in planning ahead, but we think there is too much to be considered a first step.
First up, you need to budget your spending on each person for gifts. The best way to do this is to list everyone you are buying for this year and give them a single budget for each person. AND STICK TO IT!
Once you have a budget together, calculate the final budget and figure out if and how you can afford it. If not, consider cutting present exchanges that should have ended years ago.
The next step to budgeting at Christmas would be creating a list for cards. We mentioned this in the previous Christmas survival tip but this time you need to plan whether your recipient is special enough to receive a single Christmas card or will you send them one out of a 10 pack?
This will give you ways of saving money by sending certain people Christmas cards from a set.
Our third tip would be to make sure you budget for other Christmas spending such as Christmas trees & Christmas food.
Saving on Christmas trees can be easy, if you haven’t already, go to ASDA, M&S or somebody and go grab a fake Christmas Tree. This automatically saves you the yearly £45. Another tip… stop buying new decorations! No one notices…
We will save Christmas dinner for a tip later on…
- Decorating the tree
Leading on from the previous Christmas tip…
This one we will keep short and simple. Stop stressing about what the decorations look like!! No, your tree doesn’t have to be colour coordinated or look like a piece of art. Just stick it on, so it doesn’t look bare.
If you have children, this is a perfect time to sit back relax and let them do the work. They will enjoy all that whilst you can grab some well-deserved relaxation time. If you have a little bit of time on your hands during your relaxation…
- Dealing with the Christmas parties
It’s that time of year where you have to participate in Christmas drinking, secret Santa and the annoying parties. This can be even worse if you hate your work colleagues…
Our first tip for surviving your Christmas do is to not drink too much. This may be obvious, but we know some of you are lightweights. The reason for not drinking too much is firstly so that you don’t embarrass yourself, secondly so you don’t make any mistakes, thirdly and most important, so that you don’t tell your work colleagues about your deep dark secrets.
All of the above are pretty obvious things you won’t want to do at a work Christmas do.
Now we’ve got onto what you shouldn’t do at a work party, let’s get onto what you should do.
Get to know your work colleagues better, even if you don’t like them because it could make the upcoming year ten times more manageable. You never know, you may make a new friend.
Secondly, is how to deal with the hangovers at work. If you’re anything over 25, you should have learnt the ways of dealing with a hangover by now. A secret tip from us is… Drink sprite. Trust us, it works!
- Family Members
We all love our family members… But this does not mean we should be stuck having to be with them for a whole day on the biggest festivity of the year.
We’ve come together and packed all our experience into a few brilliant tips!
Firstly, You have to make sure you don’t get them a rubbish present or card! This is a very important tip. A but hurt family member, will no doubt, be moody and a little rude if you have given them a half-assed 50-99p card and a Lynx gift set (We would be disappointed too). Avoid this by checking out our brilliant cards for Relations; we are stocking cards for every single member of your family. If you would prefer a more general Christmas card then we won’t be disappointed, with over 200 designs on our website.
Listen to their boring stories… If you accept your fate and just smile and nod, you’ll find their conversations a lot more bearable. It is a lot less stressful than trying to avoid them all day. Hopefully, they will get bored of talking to you after a while.
Our last tip and probably the most common with us,
If you get a little tipsy throughout the day, you will probably have a more enjoyable day no matter whos there. Although if you are not drinking on the day or at all for that thought, we hope you can find your own coping mechanism for these irritating family members.
Once the dinner has been destroyed and you are just left with turkey leftovers for your dinner over the next 5 days. It’s time to sit back relax…. And fall asleep halfway through a film/programme you have been looking forward to all day.
That’s it, months of preparation and stress to just prematurely fall asleep…
We have found another huge list of hilarious tips to battle through Christmas which we are sure everyone can relate too (Not just students)
For our wonderful customers, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and to check out our full Christmas Collection…
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