If you’re a person who is dreaming of or planning to spend the Christmas season abroad, it can be certain that your last thoughts are going to be on the Christmas shopping and gifts.
Being able to travel, whether it is around the country or abroad is often a gift in itself, with all the new experiences you have and memories you create.
Whether you are going with your partner or you’re a family travelling with two kids, it becomes easy to forget about Christmas shopping when you’re planning your destination.
However, here are some of the many benefits of doing your festive shopping early.
Quick and easy:
One of the easiest and most time efficient ways to complete one’s Christmas shopping these days is by doing it online. Moreover, if you’re already packed, you can do it with one click before you go.
Shopping websites, such as Yellow Octopus, have some great ideas for gifts, especially if you’re an Aussie who’s abroad and travelling to a foreign land.
Such items include “Essential Foreign Swearwords”, a perfect, humorous present for the trip, with correct profanity in foreign languages.
Whether it’s your non – PC partner, who is easy going, you can easily have the gift sent to your door before going away.
One thing we all like to do nowadays is save time, whether it be by booking photos in advance or purchasing gifts for family.
By doing your Christmas shopping early and not right before the day, you save yourself the crowds, as well as the last minute rush.
If you intend to be heading abroad, this also means you can take select gifts with you. (Just remember to label them for airport security)
It may be hard to believe, what with so many department and retail stores extending their hours over Christmas but shopping early can actually save you money.
By disciplining oneself and not having the retailer’s mad Christmas rush for your business, you’re actually more likely to stick to your budget of how much you are able or willing to spend.
In addition, if you’re heading abroad, by budgeting, this also gives you more spending money for the trip.
According to Business Insider Australia, you can save up to 75% on the airfare; “the first week of October” is the main time you will find cheap Christmas flights. Therefore, if you intend to travel, it is best to plan.
Buying gifts people want:
When you do Christmas shopping early, you have time to plan and think about what your family and friends actually want.
This makes it so much nicer and more meaningful than gifting souvenirs from your destination, or indeed, cash to spend on the trip.
Not leaving with more stress:
As much as some of us hate the reminder, there is a good reason for putting out the Christmas stock 3 months before the event actually arrives.
According to Insurance line, by doing it all early and having it “wrapped under the tree,” you can devote your time to the destination you seek to visit.
You can actually enjoy it!
Moreover, by doing your shopping early, even if you’re planning to travel in the New Year, you can still enjoy it, by remembering the gift of family and friends to celebrate the holiday season with you.
Lifehacker has some great ideas, such as dedicating more time to a hobby, or watch a foreign film to experience other cultures. Make a playlist to relax and escape.
Now, there are some of the ways doing your Christmas shopping early can save your time and your wallet.
Writer: Alana King