Get your Christmas shopping done early

MY Christmas dream is to give all my family and friends the perfect present, but, sometimes, you just can’t find what you want.

This week, I finally started my Christmas shopping – yes, I know, less than two weeks before the big day.

Every year I say ‘I will start my shopping months before the festive rush starts’, but, once again, here I am running around like a silly person, trying to get the most wonderful gifts so close to Christmas.

When walking through the seas of people, you see stacks of bags with branding of jewellery, clothes, shoes, tech-brand items, giving you an indication of what others are buying.

But, when it comes to me, I never seem to be able to find exactly what I want, when I need it.

Months before Christmas I see things that would suit my mum, sister or grandparents, but at this time of year I can never seem to make up my mind.

So, instead, I walk aimlessly around the shops, being forced to navigate around the huge trollies filled with really oversized kids’ toys that are hanging half out of the basket.

My trip to the shops was so poor on Saturday that I think I left with more things for myself than anyone else – whoops!

Although armed with some new goodies for myself, I left the shops on Saturday disappointed, with barely a start to my gift purchasing.

I was determined to make a start on Sunday, though – that was after spending the night before scrolling through page after page online, and finding several items that could make good presents.

Waking up Sunday, I was reignited with energy, and bounded into several different stores.

I saw exactly what I had viewed online, and was quick to snap up the few items.

Once I had made this start, my purchasing gained momentum.

By the end of the day, I had fairly well finished for both Matt and my family.

I will say this now, but there is no doubt that the same will happen again next year, that in the months leading up to Christmas in 2018, I will make a start to my shopping.

Some advice to all those disorganised Christmas shoppers, like me – firstly, be prepared.

Secondly, make a start!

Until next week, keep your glasses full.

Cheers x



Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.