1. Do Your Research Before Buying a Gift
Knowing what your loved ones want for Christmas can save you a lot of money, as their preference could be cheaper than what you had in mind. If it’s still on the pricier side of life, try to find retail outlets that might be selling that gift at a discount. You can also source affordable stuff on sites such as eBay or Amazon, these are convenient options as you don’t have to go to a packed mall.
Lastly, try to buy gifts well before the 25th of December to avoid finding out that what you’re after is out of stock.
2. Book Tickets and Accommodation in Advance
At Ardboyne Hotel, our hearts sink when we have to turn guests away because all our rooms are booked. If you’re planning on travelling, try to reserve everything months before the Christmas rush. Not only will this help you to secure your flights and accommodation, but also it could allow you to walk away with great savings.
3. Make a To-Do List
Create a list of all the things you’d like to do during the festive season. This might include the places you want to visit, people you’d like to see and parties you don’t want to miss out on. You don’t necessarily have to stick to your list – and spontaneity isn’t such a bad thing – but at least you have a plan, which will make organising anything simpler.
4. Bring Christmas to those in Need
Christmas is all about being generous and you can find great joy in giving to those less fortunate than yourself. Take a look at all the belongings you don’t need, such as clothes and blankets. Once you’ve decided what you’re going to give away, find out which charitable organisations in your area accept donations.
5. Lastly, Just Enjoy Yourself
Christmas celebrations is about having fun. Try not to get too stressed about buying gifts or organising events. This could cause you to burn out, well before Santa pays you a visit. If you feel overwhelmed, get someone to help you out, or take a break – it is the festive season after all.
Try to spoil yourself as much as you treat others, by enjoying your favourite sport or being pampered with a spa treatment. Never look a gift horse in the mouth, and enjoy every moment you have with your loved ones – we know we will.