Avoid a Christmas meltdown

Does battling the Christmas crowds with tired cranky children, shopping for the “must have” gift for your hard-to-buy-for friend only to discover it is sold out sound familiar? Stay organised this Christmas with these fantastic Christmas planning ideas. You’ll wonder how your survived Christmas without them.

As your calender fills up over the silly season keep on top of your commitments by responding to invitations promptly and recording the details immediately on a single calendar. Encourage your family to do the same to avoid double bookings or overload. Allow some free time for Christmas shopping and the normal day to day activities so you don’t arrive at Christmas exhausted.

If it’s your turn to host Christmas plan the menu well in advance. If family and friends usually help out with the food you will more easily be able to advise them on what they can make or contribute to the day if you know what you need. Order specialty items and purchase non-perishable items early to avoid disappointment. Buy your wine and other beverage requirements early so you can take advantage of any special offers and avoid the last minute rush. Tallis Wine has a incredible Buy 2 Cases, Get 1 Free Christmas offer right now which will save your Christmas dollars and have your cellar well stocked for the festive period.

If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping already it’s probably time to get started. Think about who you need to buy for including of course family and friends, but also employees, work colleagues, business associates and neighbours to name a few. Then write a list of all the gifts you need to buy and group them by types of shops or location for efficient shopping. If you have children consider arranging with a friend to take turns looking after each others children so the other person can have a day of uninterrupted shopping. It’s amazing how much more you can achieve by shopping alone.

Shop early to take advantage of pre-Christmas sales and to avoid the problem of the gift you need being sold out early or limited choices available. Shopping early also helps with cash flow as you spread the expenses of Christmas over a few months. Shopping early enables you to buy on line to source specific items you may want and to send overseas gifts on time.  Avoid the crowds and do your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your home with the Tallis Wine gift range. If you are having difficulties finding a gift for someone who seems to have everything consider giving them an experience instead such as a “pat a tiger” visit at the zoo, movie tickets, a trip in a hot air balloon, gym membership, beautician treatments, etc. Maintain a receipts folder for your Christmas shopping in the event of an item needing to be returned.

Plan ahead, stay organised, shop early and you could be well on your way to a stress free Christmas.