Christmas is Coming!

October 26, 2015

When should you start Christmas Shopping?

What an emotive question that is! There’s many types of shoppers around that shop for Christmas in so many ways. Some have only a few Christmas cards and presents to buy, whereas some have many. Some love the season, while others can’t abide it.

Personalised Christmas Cards

But it’s not only Christmas presents that need buying and wrapping there’s also Christmas cards, which need writing and sending. When should you send your Christmas cards and when is too early? Well anytime after 10th December is perfectly fine to receive a Christmas card and opening them up from friends and family who haven’t been seen over the busy year can bring huge joy and warmth on a daily basis. This all helps the run up to Christmas to be a time for friends, family and giving. There’s little debate around the fact you’re allowed to be much more organised and an early bird with your Christmas cards. Like many people these days they get their Christmas cards personalised with their own words and address on the inside. They can pick a card from a variety to suit them, whether that be religious Christmas cards or contemporary Christmas cards, there’s sure to be one perfect for you. Personalised Christmas cards show the desire of the sending to express thier true Christmas wishes of the season to far more than just the few you but presents for. Plus having personalised Christmas cards shows an accepted level of organisation that receivers really do appreciate. After all they’ve had to get themselves organised, choose their cards a little earlier than those non-personalised shop bought cards and ensure they’re printed correctly.

Here’s a light hearted look at the different species of Christmas shopper out there.

The Christmas bargain hunter

These are the people with the energy to start Christmas shopping as soon as Christmas is over, possibly not even waiting until the January sales. They may even go online on Christmas day. They bag a bargain, but somehow the magic of Christmas is lost on them, as it’s all bought and wrapped by the end of January.

The organised Christmas all year rounder

They pick up bargains and that perfect gift as they shop all year round. It does save time buying that perfect gift when you see it rather than trying to remember where you saw it on Christmas Eve. They are the ones we’re all envious of. Christmas cards are all written, ready to be posted, all presents wrapped and hidden away from preying eyes by the end of October, while most of us are running around like headless chickens as the big day looms.

The last minute winger

This is the person who wizzes around the shops at 4pm after their Christmas drinks do on Christmas Eve to get the few presents they need. It can focus the mind and there’s allot less dilly dallying around. Plus these days many of the sales have started, so a good few bargains can be found. If you’re organised and know what you’re looking for it’s a perfect solution. As long as you don’t have many to buy for that is! Not so good for Christmas cards though, they’ve probably apologised for the lack of cards and bought them a pint instead. Not very Christmassy!

The online shopper

They often refuse to set foot in a shop from September through to December, it’s all done in time for black Fridays bargains and gets delivered throughout December. You avoid all the crowds and the endless piped Christmas music in the department stores. You can sit serenely at home, often at night with you feet up, the fire on and can plan methodically what everyone would like and find the best price at the same time. Sounds perfect, but you never actually get to see what you’re buying until it’s delivered, by then it could be too late! Some see this as too risky.

The prefect Christmas shopper

They start to think about Christmas as the clocks go back and start planning in earnest after Bonfire night, maybe even take a day off work to avoid the Saturday crowds, work out who to buy for with with an idea and have a list they follow with a budget. They have the choice of the best possible Christmas gifts as retailers will have launched all the ‘must have’ gifts by then and they have the pick of the crop, often with incentives to boot. Presents are wrapped to carols in December while sipping a little mulled wine with plenty of time to send to Santa.

Be an early bird Christmas shopper and order early to get 10% off your personalised Christmas cards from the Letter Press of Cirencester before 9th November – use the code ‘Christmas is Coming’

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