Festive Top Tops

1st November, 2021

IN ORDER to be prepared for Christmas, we have pulled together some handy hints to help you feel less stressed before the big day...

Keep A Diary
With so much happening throughout the festive season, it’s good to plan-ahead but don’t rely on memory alone. Whether it’s the nativity play, last-post dates or when to pick up the turkey, a to-do list diary is the perfect solution to the busy festive period.

Declutter 
Now is the perfect time to have a declutter before everyone descends on you for Christmas and you say ‘hello’ to a mass of new toys and gifts. Clear out all unused and unwanted items you’ve collected over the last 12 months and donate them to a local charity.

Make A Gift List
You may have gifts to buy for all the family, so to make sure you get everything (and stick to a budget!) make a list before you head out to the shops and tick them off as you buy them. If you’re feeling super organised, plan it on Excel.

Research Online
Log-on before you head out to the shops to research prices and availability. Some retailers, including Boots and Wilko offer a click & collect service so you can order online and simply pick your gifts up in store at Castlegate – a great time saving option.

Food & Drink
Decide in advance what food and drink you may need over the festive period and start early by buying all the non-perishable products. Bear in mind, that many food shops are only closed for a couple of days so don’t get carried away and buy 20 loaves of bread!

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