THROUGHOUT the year, shopping can be quite enjoyable - browsing, selecting, finding a bargain and going home to unwrap something new.
However, towards the end of the year shopping can turn into a nightmare.
Crowded shops, indecision and time limits can all turn even the most seasoned shoppers away in tears and a lot of people end up over-spending at Christmas because they didn't go about it the right way.
Make shopping a breeze with these handy tips.
Although many shops stay open to midnight in the lead up to Christmas, you don't want to be scrounging through the bargain box trying to find something, anything at the last minute.
Try to set aside one or two days early in December so you can get it out of the way.
Make a list
Write a list of all the people you need to buy a present for and brainstorm gifts for each.
Come up with a back-up gift idea in case you can't find the first item.
Are you stuck for ideas? Take the "No Junk Mail" sticker off the letter box and develop a love for catalogues.
Not only will they give you fantastic gift ideas, but you will know exactly what to get, where to get it from and how much it will cost - perfect.
With food, travel and 100 other expenses to think about over Christmas, you don't want to overspend on presents.
Do your research about each of the gifts you have in mind -find the products online, figure out the average price and stick to it when it comes down to the purchase.
Map it out
I know it seems a bit much to create a list or map of each of the stores you need to visit, but going straight in with a list and a budget means you won't end up getting distracted, browsing and buying things that you don't really need to.
The finer details
There will be times when the recipient of your present will want to swap it, return it or exchange it. Be sure to keep all of your receipts, just in case.
With a little forward planning and organisation your Christmas shopping weekend could end up being your favourite time of the year.
Concealed in a quiet suburban street you'll be absolutely amazed by what this 4 bedroom home has to offer. With gorgeous street appeal and pristine gardens this...
Positioned centrally to a multitude of schools, shops and businesses this three bedroom property is poised to be your new home. This corner block offers three...
There is more than meets the eye with this charming home, delightfully modern inside with plenty of room for the growing family. With an easy to maintain 564 m2...
Cradled in a quiet street in the ever popular suburb of Frenchville sits this beautifully maintained three bedroom home. Ascend upstairs and you will find a large...
An amazing family friendly home which is fully renovated from top to bottom! Located in Gracemere with everything you need close by. Features Include: 3 spacious...
Beautifully positioned with views across Rockhampton from the front sunroom this original gable home features: * Polished hoop pine flooring * High ceilings and...
This wonderful home presents well, spacious, neat and tidy with plenty of cupboard space. Offering you an open plan kitchen and dining with a separate living room...
Imagine you and your family living on an acreage property, surrounded with established gardens, beautiful views, peaceful settings and great neighbours. This...
You don't need to look any further for your ideal first home. This property has so much to offer including a four bedroom house, large 1012m2 block, solar hot...
This 2 bedroom unit at Settlers Retirement Village has many many extras and inspections are a must for this beautiful unit. Features include, 2 Built-in...
Join the Community.
Get your local news, your way.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.