Christmas Preparation & Budget Tips

Survival tips for Christmas

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…). With the correct Christmas preparation, you can do everything you need without getting stressed!

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.

Whilst we are making this list to help you avoid a stressful festive season, we still believe that Christmas should not be hard. If you are struggling with money or other issues, you should not feel pressured to provide the perfect Christmas time.

1. Plan Ahead

There is nothing worse than a last-minute rush, especially at a busy time like Christmas. Preparing for Christmas is essential in getting everything you need without having any slip ups.

Planning Christmas Presents

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.

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Planning your Christmas Cards

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.

Reasons to buy/send your Christmas cards early

1. Because you absolutely want them to arrive on time

There’s nothing like leaving things to chance to make an absolute mess of things. Fortunately, there’s still plenty of days left to make sure your cards arrive in time for Christmas but just don’t leave it too late or you may be in for a disappointment.

2. So your friends and relatives can enjoy them sooner

Christmas cards may be just for Christmas but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them for as long as possible throughout the weeks before. Make sure you feature on your friend’s and family’s Christmas card mantelpiece arrangements and Social Media posts for the world to see.

3. So your family overseas don’t have to wait longer than is absolutely necessary

Overseas mail has, in many cases as you can see above, much early posting dates than in the UK.

Although these dates are final dates to arrive in time. We would suggest you send earlier than the suggested dates. We advise this just in case there are any issues in the postal services. (you know what they are like!).

4. Because rushing things can lead to mistakes

Misspellings, crossings out, scrambling to find correct addresses and envelopes that fit can send the most placid of us into a wild panic. You definitely don’t want to be adding stress to your day or getting flustered, so take your time and stay focused this Christmas by planning ahead.

Not all of us have the best handwriting, the best spelling or punctuation. If you want us to write out your Christmas cards for you, make sure you leave your message in the “Personalised message box”. Just make sure the address is correct and it will get to your recipient on time.

5) Because your time is valuable

While Christmas cards may be a priority in your December calendar, we appreciate that there’s going to be a host of other tasks and events to be getting on with and you may find yourself pushed for time. Having another thing checked off your list as early as possible frees you up for other things and keeps your priorities in order.

You don’t want to be rushing around in mid to late December searching for presents & Christmas cards. Post them early so that you can sit in Costa and enjoy your gingerbread latte in peace whilst you watch the unorganised people rush around.

6) So you’ve got one less thing to worry about

The nail-biting worry about your cards arriving on time or at all is simply not worth the anguish. Give yourself peace of mind, and even take advantage of our special handwritten card service, available alongside each card at Creased and we’ll mail the card for you so you don’t have to!

7) Because leaving it late leaves you with less choice on what to send

You know that perfect card you saw for your Mum that you thought you’d come back for tomorrow? Well, the later you leave things to increase the chances that it may already be gone.

If you leave it too late you will certainly miss out on all of our very best designs. You will be left with something plain and boring… And you don’t want that, do you?

As soon as postage companies release their official postage dates for Christmas 2020, we will update this article.

Santa holding a present

2. Christmas Budget

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 or cutting people from your list.

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…

Here are a few top tips on Christmas on a budget

Stop with unimportant gift giving

Agree with family and friends that you should skip the present giving this year. – This is usually just a tradition that lead to both parties feeling too awkward to stop and feeling pressured to buy. Speak to them, they are probably agree

Buy Cheaper Christmas food

Just because it’s Christmas, it doesn’t mean you should overspend on food that you don’t need. Stick to the quality of food you would usually purchase. You don’t need to shop at M&S just because it’s christmas.

Boost funds before Christmas

This is an excellent idea for creating a Christmas fund in the weeks/months approaching Christmas. The best method for this is by selling unused items on Ebay or Depop. You will be surprised how much you can get for some of your “junk”.

Search the web for Cheaper gifts

The problem with shopping in shops is that you lack the opportunity to find the same product for cheaper. By using online shopping, you can search many different sites for the cheapest possible price. You could even reduce this further by using discount codes. Honey is a great tool to find the cheapest gifts this Christmas.

With the internet you also have the chance to shop on eBay. This could save you lots of money with your gift buying this year.

Order presents early

Ordering presents early allows you to get the cheapest stock possible but also opens the door for extremely cheap small Christmas bits which will be sold out by the end of November.

When ordering your presents early, this also gives you the opportunity for early delivery. You can use the web to find the cheapest costs possible. One of our favourite providers are parcel monkey.

We hope that helps you out a bit? If you want to find more money saving help for Christmas. This Christmas money planner is extremely useful.

3. 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…

Christmas trees

4. Cleaning

This step only really applies to households who are hosting the Christmas festivities. If you aren’t, you can skip to the next tip.

If you are hosting family or friends and you are stressing about the state of your house. You have to calm down! If you give your house a big clean a day or two before Christmas day then everything will be fine. There is no need to panic and stress about the tiniest thing that falls out of place.

5. 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.

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!

6. Dealing with 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 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.

Secondly,

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 who is 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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