Tips for Stress Free Holiday Shopping

Christmas
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Every year thousands of people are determined to get into the Christmas swing early. They aim to have the cake and pudding made in October, the decorations made, bought or gathered in November and adorning the house by early December. The main agenda though, is surely the Christmas present shopping. Whether it be online trawling through numerous web sites or braving the crowds, it can be a complete hassle trying to remember everyone and  find suitable items for your loved ones.

One idea that many people find useful is to have a “theme” for the gifts they buy and give.This means you decide on an item or items, for example food, jewellery, cosmetics, books and then buy something from your chosen area for everyone. If you are lucky enough to find a shop with a large enough stock, you could actually get all of your shopping done under one roof (or on one site!)

A Love of Reading

Supposing you chose books, where better than to shop at the number one American bookstore (not only do they have 700 stores but their biggest store is online) and they are of course Barnes & Noble!  Surely most people would love a good book to lose themselves in and for the more tech savvy you could even buy an online book with Nook their e-reader range.

A Bit of Bling
Another popular item is jewellery whether it be fun bangles for youngsters or a beautiful piece for the love of your life. Now, jewellery can be very expensive but how about if you could buy wholesale and cut out the middleman - wouldn't that help your finances and give you a huge range to choose from?! One such place you could visit online for some fabulous ideas is jewellery designs by ELF925 a wonderful one stop shop for all your jewellery needs. Based in Thailand you are most likely to be doing an online shop and the good news is that the minimum spend is 99$ - how good is that?! Of course there could be customs, duties and taxes, so do be aware of this. The company is happy to be contacted with any questions you may have and their range is huge from children’s silver ear studs to stainless steel chunky bracelets for men. From body jewellery for your favorite teen to a string of beads for grandma their would be no trouble getting something for everyone here.

Let Them Pamper
If neither of these ideas appeal then how about cosmetics and toiletries.Of course there are hundreds of companies filling the market from well known major brands to small start up companies. Obviously the aim of this post is to give you a one stop shopping experience and so one company where you can be sure to do that as it caters for all tastes from young to old and both sexes is the amazingly good(and good for the planet) Lush USA.  There are many many stores worldwide and an easy to use online store with a whole host of divinely smelling goodies to choose from. From hand cream and foot rub to bath bombs suitable for babies, their service is fast and reliable and should someone on your list be extra special, why not treat them to a Lush Spa gift card so they can book themselves a spot of relaxation after the Christmas rush.

A Delicious Gift
Finally on my list is a place that you could actually buy everything from each category should you be so inclined and have the finances to match. However for the purposes of this post we are looking at the wonderful world of Harrods Food hall. Unless you are lucky enough to have a trip to the hall itself, wandering amongst row after row of handmade chocolates, pastries and treats, sampling cheeses and pates from all over the world, you’ll need to make do with a virtual shop. Harrods are happy to ship overseas and the range of items available from full hampers of exotic food to Harrods chocolate santas should provide enough choice to please every palate and cause delight in young and old alike.

So there you have a few ideas that will hopefully take the stress out of your gift buying if not your purse! Christmas should be an enjoyable time of year from start to finish and not one big ball of stress you’re happy to get over and done with come December 26th. Hopefully this post will help make sure your festive season is all round great and as we all like to say… Have a Happy Holidays everyone!

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