The Countdown to Christmas - get organised
The Countdown to Christmas - start here!
We know for some it might be a bit too early…whereas others can’t wait to get started! It might only be November but before we know it the year will have ended. It can be overwhelming to know where to start with planning Christmas, so we’ve compiled a handy list of what to think about when.
Get plans in place – Look into what you want to do for Christmas this year; who do you want to see and what events do you want to go to? Think about what you need to do for them to happen, for example, if you need to buy tickets to travel, you’ll want to do it earlier rather than later.
Set a budget – spend some time thinking about the Christmas period, if you’re hosting people, what food do you need to buy? Think about what presents you want to buy and what events you’ll be going to, such as work Christmas meals and make a realistic budget. If you think about it early enough you can be calm in the knowledge you have already prepared.
Have a sort out of your own stuff – The time before Christmas is a great time to have a good sort out of your stuff to make space for any gifts you might receive. And if you don’t have time before Christmas, there’s always January - ‘New year new me’ and all that!
Black Friday – keep your eyes peeled for bargains and offers on the last Friday in November. Don’t fancy elbowing through crowds of eager shoppers? Most retailers including us have sales online, with some starting earlier than in the shops. So you can do your shopping from the comfort of your duvet, sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about what we will be doing for Black Friday!
Wrap as you buy – It’s a good idea to wrap as you go when you buy presents, in order to save time and not leave them all until the last minute – which could take hours! You’ll also get an enormous sense of satisfaction knowing how organised you are and that the bulk of the wrapping is done. It’s also a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.
Buy food by - If you’re cooking you’ll need to order your meat at least three to four weeks beforehand, and then collect it nearer the time. There’s a method to buying food as you don’t want to buy things too early as it will go past its best, but too late and you might have limited stock to choose from and it will all feel rushed. So make sure you plan out what you need and order it in good time.
Send cards and gifts in time – If you’re sending cards and gifts, 18th December is the Royal Mail’s last recommended date to send second class in time for Christmas, with 20th December for first-class and 23rd December for special delivery. So make sure you’ve got your stamps!
January sales – If there’s something you fancied for a while, or perhaps an appliance that you need to replace, January is the perfect time to pick up a bargain. And if you’re feeling really organised, you could buy presents for birthdays or save them for Christmas that year.
Taking down decorations - There are many different times it’s thought you need to take your decorations down by, and some people even do it on Boxing Day! The tradition, however, is to take your decorations down by the Twelfth Night, which is 5th January.
If you’re stuck for a Christmas gift, why not Build Your Own Box? Here at TreatBox, we have a variety of items that all contribute to the perfect thoughtful and personalised gift. Take a look here.