November is here, which means Christmas is next month. Which means if you haven’t started thinking about the big day, now is probably the time!
With 8 weeks to go, the countdown has begun and we’re to help guide you into having an organised, stress-free Christmas to ensure that you enjoy the festive period as much as possible with loved ones.
Here’s your November ‘to-do’ list to help you along the way.
Keep an eye out for Black Friday deals
In the last few years, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become increasingly popular for retailers in the UK, and is often a great opportunity to grab a fantastic bargain. This year, Black Friday falls on the 26th November, but many businesses will start a lot earlier in the month, some even as early as the 1st November. So remember to keep your eyes peeled prior to these dates.
If there’s something that you’ve had your eye on for yourself, or a loved one is searching for some of the latest technology, Black Friday and the weeks leading up to this day will most definitely be a good chance to save some money.
Time to order the Christmas turkey
You may already know what you’re going to cook on Christmas day, but it’s always a great idea to start writing a grocery shopping list just in case you miss something. If you have your food delivered to your home, now is probably a good time to secure your delivery slot as the popular dates will soon get booked. In many cases, you can go back into your trolley and amend it just in case you’ve forgotten anything important!
If you’re hosting guests this Christmas, remember to check dietary requirements? Are you serving any vegetarians, pescatarians or vegans this year? Don’t wait until you’re carving the turkey to find out! Speaking of, many shops ask for you to book your turkey by mid December at the latest, so check with your favourite food supplier in good time.
As we all know, online shopping seems to be the preferred way to shop in recent years, especially when it comes to Christmas.
However, you can’t beat taking a stroll through your local Christmas market, or taking a road trip out of your area to experience something different.
Christmas markets start this month, and while they may be operating throughout the festive season, some may only last a single day or weekend. If you want to visit a certain market, check their opening dates first so you don’t lose out and book it in your calendar!
Markets are fantastic for finding locally produced foods and gifts that you won’t find down the hight street or online, and will support local businesses. Plus, it gives your shopping a touch of individual style and one-of-a-kind feel.
Check postage dates
If you have friends and family abroad and are planning to send gifts their way, remember that the last date to send parcels for guaranteed
Christmas delivery for the US, Canada and most of Europe is in November.
The Royal Mail website provides advice on wrapping and packing so that your items deliver intact. You can also pay for postage online and arrange to have your post collected from home to save the Christmas queues.
Now is also a good time to check your address book to ensure that you have everyone’s correct addresses for Christmas cards. You don’t want to leave it too close to Christmas, find an original design and send it a few weeks early so that they have time to enjoy their heartfelt card.