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What Type of Christmas Shopper are You?

Christmas is eagerly anticipated by many, dreaded by some and viewed with indifference by others. What sort of Christmas shopper are you? We consider four main types and provide some tips for reducing stress . 

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Four key types of Christmas shopper – which one are you?

 The Early Bird – the most relaxed and least stressed Christmas shopper, plans and budgets carefully, shops throughout the year and has all gifts wrapped and squirreled away, ready to pop under the tree on December 1st.

The Average Shopper – most of us fall into this category, generally starting shopping around November – with a combination of planned and impulse purchases.  The lovely festive displays and Christmas music act as a catalyst.

The Last Minute Shopper – this person gets to the week of Christmas without a single gift under the tree.  Unfortunately by this time, many shops have sold out of the most popular items, some online shops can’t guarantee delivery pre-Christmas and it’s so busy that it’s impossible to get advice from harassed shop assistants.

The Chronic Procrastinator – this person literally puts things off until the very last minute, often trying to cram all of their shopping into Christmas Eve.  While they may benefit from bargains, their panicked buying at depleted shops can result in inappropriate or unwanted gifts.

Five tips to enjoy Christmas shopping and avoid stress:

  • If you know something is going to be very popular e.g. newspapers often run features on the year’s top Christmas toys, order that item as soon as you see it on the shelves to avoid disappointment.
  • Christmas shopping online can be much more relaxing and enables you to shop around from the comfort of your home. Many retailers often have exclusive online offers that are not available in store, but bear in mind delivery charges and timings.Visit the Whittard Christmas shop here.
  • Instead of giving individual gifts, you could consider giving a hamper which contains something for everyone – saves on wrapping too!
  • Instead of racking your brain for inspiration at the eleventh hour, keep a note of throwaway comments friends and family make during the year about things they’d love to own.  Think how special you feel when you unwrap something you mentioned back in June!
  • When money is tight - you can combine a smaller present with something homemade e.g. a beautiful Kilner tin of tea or coffee accompanied by some home-baked cookies or florentines.

Happy Shopping!

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