If you’ve got a big family, then planning Christmas presents way in advance is totally normal. Getting it all out of the way now not only saves you from stressing out last minute, but you won’t have to fight anyone off for the last item in the toy store! Plus you could save yourself a lot of money because the festive prices won’t have kick started up yet, so a lot of items are buy one get one free! So get right in there and bag all your goodies now while you have the chance.
First, start by splitting people up into categories. Have the boys on one side of your list and the girls on the other side. Then split them up into different age groups.
By doing this, you will make it so much easier to know what you need to look out for, and who it will be going to, and then you can just cross them off the list.
It’s a good idea to make a budget so you don’t end up spending more than you have, as it is very easy to get carried away when shopping for gifts.
Make note of how many people you are buying presents for, and whether you will be buying them more than one. It’s good to have a basic estimate of how much you’re willing to spend anyway, and then you can calculate whether or not you guessed correctly.
Next, you need to decide where you want to shop. Nowadays it’s so easy to buy everything online. All you have to do is type in what you want, and you’ll have hundreds of colors and styles of exactly that!
If online shopping isn’t for you, then figure out where you need to go in order to find what you’re looking for.
Also keep an eye open for any offers or deals going on in store, as you may benefit from them.
Now we all know, babies don’t really appreciate the presents we buy them. They’re too young to understand what’s going on, but it’s just a nice thing to do, and it makes the parents happy. So when shopping for a baby, keep in mind they’re sensitive. So you’ll only want to buy things that are soft to touch and big enough so it can’t be swallowed. (Remember babies put everything in their mouths!) Consider buying toys that make a little noise, as they might find this really exciting and new. You could also get a big cuddly bear for them, something that’s a little bigger than them that they can sit on, lie with, or even climb on.
Do not buy anything that is fragile, as this could be very dangerous for your baby, and also make sure you don’t give them anything small, or anything that can break off into pieces, as your baby may choke on this.
Children shouldn’t be too hard to shop for because they have probably made it very clear to you by now exactly what they want. So the issue won’t be figuring out what to buy, it’ll be narrowing down the list to make it an affordable Christmas, not a bankrupt one!
Think about what will last the longest. Kids get bored very easily and move onto the next thing within no time, so bear this in mind when choosing what to purchase.
Teenagers are probably easier to buy for, but also the most expensive because they are at that age where technology, gadgets, and fashionable clothing is the most important thing in their lives! So expect to be told numerous times that they need a new phone or the latest shoes. Although those types of gifts cost more, teenagers won’t expect loads of presents; they will just prefer one big one, so you won’t need to go too overboard.
…They should have a job by now anyway, right?
The Young Adults
This is where it gets tricky. This age group aren’t usually very vocal about what they want, so you find yourself trying to snoop around, looking for any clues of what they’re missing in their lives. If you can’t figure it out on your own, just ask them what they’d like. If they’re not even sure, just give them some money or a gift voucher for their favorite store. That way when they see something they like, they can just buy it for themselves.
The Grown Ups
As we get to a certain age in our lives, we stop expecting gifts. The more our family grows, the more you want to focus on the little ones, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about each other entirely! Make your best friend, family member or other half feel appreciated this year with a little gift. Could be a bottle of nice wine, or something more sentimental like a piece of jewelry, a pretty watch or a personalized item. And it’ll be even better because they won’t be expecting anything. So have a look and see gift ideas here.
Granny and Grandad will always say not to get them anything, but it wouldn’t be fair to miss them out! So spend a little extra on a well-aged whiskey, or whatever they enjoy drinking. If they’re not big drinkers, why not get them something nice to wear? Maybe a blazer for him, and a cute skirt for her. And if all else fails – a big box of chocolates will hit the spot.
Now you’ve got all your presents sorted, hide them somewhere they won’t be found. Don’t forget some nice wrapping paper to finish it off nicely. You may have to get this online though as shops won’t be selling anything festive yet. But remember, you have months to go until the festivities start, so keep things unwrapped just in case you end up changing your mind about an item. So keep ALL of your receipts in a safe place!