Blogmas 2018 Day Four: Tips for Christmas Shopping

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Hello darlings!

Today I thought I’d do a bit of an advice post about one of the season’s most dreaded events: Christmas shopping. I’m the kind of person who loves buying gifts for people. I love finding the perfect present for a loved one, wrapping it up, writing the card, and placing it beneath the tree until I finally get to share it with them. But the whole process of actually buying the gifts can be extremely stressful especially if you suffer from anxiety, like me. So I thought I’d share a few of my favourite tips for making the most of the Christmas shopping experience.

1. Add a little bit of fun.

A lot of the time when we’re faced with stressful situations, it can be really easy to fall into the trap of telling ourselves it’s going to be an all around awful time. It can make a huge difference if you go into it thinking it won’t be so bad! If you’re going out to brave the pre-Christmas mall crowds, especially as it gets closer to the holidays, try to set up your trip with a few relaxing, fun things. Make a playlist of your favourite Christmas tunes and play it on the drive to the mall. Dress in layers (this is so important, malls get hot my friends). Bring a friend and grab a festive-flavoured coffee or tea that you can sip while you walk around the shops. Seriously, these might sound like such small things but they really do make a major impact on your overall stress level!!

2. Make a list.

There’s nothing worse than getting to the mall and falling into a panic because you have zero idea what you’re looking for or which shops to even go to. It makes you 100x more stressed out. Before you decide to head out, make a list of the things you’re considering for each person on your list. Even if you only have a vague idea of what you’re looking for, it will at least narrow down the shops you’ll have to go through and give you a better grasp on what you’re aiming to buy. There’s nothing worse than feeling completely overwhelmed by the chaos of the mall shoppers and the million shops with all of their displays. Make a list, put it on your phone, and look back at it whenever you’re feeling a little uneasy or lost.

3. Try online shopping.

This is my greatest Christmas shopping life-hack EVER. Online shopping has become my BFF over the last couple years, especially when my anxiety has been at it’s peak. You can basically buy anything online nowadays (thank god for that) and a lot of stores will offer online exclusive deals throughout the holiday season, like BOGO or free shipping - so definitely take advantage of that. There’s also a whole community out there of online independent shops! It’s always nice to buy from online shops (like from Etsy) because you know that the money is going to someone’s family, rather than just a corporation. Not to mention you’ll be gifting your friend or family something that is a lil more unique which is really special as well!

4. Shop on off-days.

Back to the in-store shopping… If you decide that online shopping isn’t for you or it’s not accessible, but you still hate those mall crowds, try to do your Christmas shopping on off-days, or even off-times. Shopping in the morning or afternoon on a Saturday or Sunday is going to bring you face-to-face with the roughest of shopping crowds. But if you go on a Tuesday or Wednesday night, or even on your lunch breaks throughout the week, you’ll definitely face far less intimidating crowds than on the weekend rush. You’ll have more time and space to get your creative gears going!

5. Check online for coupons or sales.

There’s no shame in getting a good deal on a gift!!! Lots of us are on tight budgets and what’s wrong in needing a little bit of help in buying our loved ones the perf gift? These days, coupons and sales are everywhere you look. If you sign-up for newsletters of stores you’re planning on shopping at, they’ll send out weekly or even daily emails full of information about how to save a few pennies. And if you’re shopping online, you can download a money-saver program like Honey or Wikibuy, which can go right on your Internet to directly save you money on purchases while you’re checking out your order.

What are your top tips for Christmas shopping?

Felicia x

To view a list of all my Blogmas posts, click here.

Mini Homeware, Bath + Clothing Haul

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Looking back on the history of this blog, I am fairly certain that I have never written a haul blog post. Isn't that crazy??? I mean, I rarely have the money to buy myself that many things anyway, so I guess it's not that much of a surprise lol but still!!! Today, however, I've got a mini haul post to share with you all after taking a successful trip down to the mall.

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The first thing I picked up were these candle holders from Bath & Body Works. My mum and I have been on the hunt for candle holders for about a month or so, as we needed a lil something to decorate the mantlepiece and these were just perfect!! They easily fit Bath & Body Works candles, as well as candles from other brands that are the same size. Definitely a nice addition to our living room.

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Next up, I grabbed these Ultra High Rise Jeggings from Garage. I promise they're different shades of blue!!! Garage jeans are by far my fav for two reasons: 1) they're SUPER high-waisted which I find flatters me way better than low-rise jeans and 2) they're stretchy and crazy comfortable. They were actually having a BOGO 50% off sale, so it was the perf time to buy some new jeans which I needed so badly.

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My last purchases were from Lush. The first thing I picked up was the Pink Bath Bomb, which is shimmery and has a wonderful candy & vanilla scent. Kinda worried about the shimmer, just because I don't want the sparkles clinging to my tub, but hopefully it will be ok. I seriously cannot wait to hop into a bath and just soak in this!!! I also grabbed the Eau Roma Water, which I've heard a lot about and have been dying to try out. It's a toner with rose water and lavender in it, which is geared towards 'mature, sensitive or dry skin' which is perf for me. I'm v excited to give this a try!

Have you tried any of these products before? Lemme know in the comments!

Felicia x