As soon as summer is out of the way, and the weather starts to turn, we start to think about all of the exciting things that are happening in the coming months. You might already be looking forward to Halloween, Christmas and the holidays. Even if you’d rather not think about it yet, you can’t have avoided hearing about it. With only a few months to go, you might have seen countdowns on social media and cards and gifts popping up in stores. 

When it comes to Christmas shopping, there tend to be two camps. Those that have already started as autumn makes its arrival that has lists and plans and might have already picked some things up in the January sales. And those that wouldn’t entertain the idea of shopping before we enter December. But, whichever camp you fall into, there are plenty of advantages to starting your Christmas planning and shopping early. In fact, it’s safe to say that it’s never too early to do so. Here’s why. 

You Could Save Money

Perhaps the most obvious reason to start early is to save money. You’ll have more time to get the best deals and voucher codes for Fanatics, to keep your sports fan friends and family happy. You’ll be able to shop for deals and take your time to shop around. 

It also means your finances will take a smaller hit. Not just because you are saving money, but because you are spreading the cost. Losing a little from your paycheck each month can have a much smaller impact than losing most of what you earn in December. 

To Reduce Stress

Christmas is wonderful. But, the build-up can also be exceptionally stressful. If you’ve got a family to feed, a lot of people to buy gifts for, a house to decorate, parties to attend, and other festive commitments to stick to, it can be hard to fit it all in. You might find that by Christmas you are so exhausted and stressed out that you can’t enjoy the festivities. Spreading things out as much as you can means that you won’t get anywhere near as stressed out, and that you’ll get to enjoy yourself more. 

How Much Time Do You Really Have?

You might think that leaving everything until December is fine. It gives you a month after all. But, in that month, how much free time do you actually have? If you work full-time, you might only have six days off in December before Christmas. If you have children, you might spend the month attending nativities and other events. 

No Chance of Missing Out

If you’ve ever seen Jingle All The Way, you’ll know how terrible leaving your shopping until the last minute can be. Start now, and there’s no chance that stores will sell out of the things on your shopping list. 

More Thoughtful Gifts

Leave shopping until the last minute, and there’s a risk that you’ll just rush out and buy things for the sake of it. Start now, and you have time to put more thought into all of your gifts, finding things that each recipient will love. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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