How to Be an Efficient Christmas Shopper

Brace yourselves folks because things are about to get a whole lot more festive here on the blog! I’ve been dying to post about Christmassy goodness since the moment Fashion Week ended but finally, with gift guides appearing here there and everywhere, I feel like it’s finally acceptable. What better way to kick of the Fashion Mumblr festivity than a Gift Guide with a difference, not just some gift ideas, but also some tips on how to be an efficient Christmas shopper! 
Each year, Charlie and I proclaim that we want to be super organised when it comes to Christmas – getting the presents bought early, decorations down from the loft, cards written and ready to go, and this year we decided to kick things off early and made a beeline for Debenhams on Oxford Street earlier this week to make a head start to our Christmas shopping.

1. Make a List!
Sounds kinda obvious but think back to last year’s Christmas shopping, did you have a list? Did you really?! Charlie and I made lists on our phones for everyone we needed to buy for, Mum, Sister, Brother, Friends, oh and of course each other! This made it so much easier to be an efficient shopper, each concession we encountered lured us with different tempting gift sets, so we consulted our lists to see who we could treat. In Debenhams we were spoilt for choice – with Clarins, Clinique and YSL to name a few all creating perfectly packaged box sets with cult favourites – our Mums were ticked off our lists within moments of stepping into the store!

Look out for Promotions!

The Christmas shopping period is SO important to retailers, and many brands and stores will cut their prices in the lead up to the festive celebrations. Box sets are a great way to get lots of product for your pennies, and in Debenhams we spotted some incredible special offers on top such as in Clarins you get a free festive candle when you spend £75 or more.

Set a Budget
Again it’s one of those things that I tell myself that i’ll do, and then once I step into the store and am faced with all the pretty products, it goes out the window. But it’s important to sit down and think about all your outgoings over Christmas – from gifts and food to travelling to see family and friends. Charlie and I agreed on a £100 limit for each others pressies this year, and luckily we both found each other’s favourite fragrances in Debenhams. I snapped up a large Eau de Parfum of Charlie’s favourite Bleu de Chanel for £65 as well as a Clarins Men Grooming Essentials Gift set for £39 (OK, I went £4 over but shhhh), both of which I know he will love! As for me, I spotted Charlie eyeing up a gift set of Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb which I’m hoping that he added to his basket!

#FoundIt at Debenhams
In less than an hour Charlie and I had ticked off everyone from our lists, just from visiting one store – now that’s what you might call efficient Christmas shopping! There’s no harm in keeping an eye on an more special promotions that might crop up over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend, but for now, I can tell you that the feeling of having our Christmas Shopping sorted is pretty darn good!

Have you started your Christmas Shopping yet?


This post is kindly sponsored by Debenhams