‘Ho’, ‘ho’, hold up, did you know that the festive season begins on 1 December 2022? Oh boy, just how time flies when you’re nose-deep in work and studies. You’re also busy making time for yourself, family and friends. Before you know it, Christmas Day will creep up on you and you won’t have any activities planned for the kids, and haven’t sent any festive gifts to your parents who live on the other side of the country, and you’ll be spending way more than your wallet and purse can handle. Luckily for you, we’ve got a few tips to help you prepare for the festive season. We don’t want you feeling all holi-‘dazed’, but amazed that you managed to do it all, without breaking a sweat. So, get your notebook ready, or open your notepad on your phone. You’ll want to keep these tips handy, just in case you forget.
Budget, Budget, Budget
One thing you don’t want to happen during the festive season is running out of money before the year ends! You need to budget wisely so you can stretch your budget to the new year or at least until payday. Decide how much you want to spend on gifts, put the money aside to resist the temptation of pitching a few pennies from it, and most importantly, stick to your budget! What may play in your favour is taking advantage of Black Friday deals and saving on gifts you know they had their eyes on! Black Friday in South Africa is taking place on the 25th of November, meaning you have a few days to get your coins ready because the fastest fingers will win! NetFlorist has fabulous specials on items like scarves, gadgets, wallets and swimming shorts (it is summer after all.)
‘Sleigh’ Your Gifting Goals Early
If your gift-giving list is as long as Santa’s, you need to start shopping early. Also, it’ll help you to make sure you don’t forget anyone on your list! Not only that, you don’t want to disappoint your loved ones because the festive gift they had on their wish list is sold out! That would be absolutely heartbreaking. So start browsing online and add gifts like snow globes, stylish sling bags or even designer perfumes and colognes to your favourites list or shopping cart. This way you’ll know you’ve bought a gift for everyone, and you can relax during the weekends, completely stress-free! Don’t forget to sneak something in for yourself too, since you can catch the last of the best on cyber Monday!
You ‘Card’ Go Wrong With Pre-planning
One thing you don’t want to be doing at the last minute or on Christmas eve is writing out thank you messages or Christmas wishes to friends and family members you got gifts for. The smart thing to do to save you the admin is to order a greeting card online for nationwide delivery, well ahead of time. Simply browse our stunning range of personalised greeting cards, add a heartfelt message inside (or choose from one of our pre-written options) and schedule it for delivery! Now how’s that for a useful tip to prepare for the festive season.
Ease The Pressure And Plan Their Play-time
If you’re a parent and your kiddies are going on holiday soon, then this helpful tip to prepare for the Christmas season is for you! We know how crazy things can get when you’re at work. Plus the kids are left at home, bored with nothing to do or don’t have anyone to play with. That’s where teamwork, makes the dream work! Arrange play dates with your kids’ friend’s parents, so your son or daughter has someone to keep them entertained. We have paint-your-own T-shirts that can keep their creativity alive. We also have one-of-a-kind aprons and kitchen sets to help them have fun in the kitchen whilst cooking (or baking) up a storm!
And there you have it, 4 easy-peasy tips to keep your holiday stress at bay. For some, holidays are a fun time. For others, it’s a busy time but that shouldn’t stop you from making the most of it. Just remember to plan ahead and ease off the excuses and procrastination. This way you can spend time with the people you care about without a worry in the world.