Christmas Planning: FAQS Answered

Want to know when to start shopping or put up your Christmas decorations? This ultimate Christmas planning guide answers all those sticky common questions.

Christmas? I hear you scream in surprise. It’s the start of November!

True. But the malls are already decked out in giant snowflakes and twinkling lights, Advent calender’s are at the forefront of every grocery store in town and I swear that we heard ‘Last Christmas’ playing on the radio yesterday…

As the temperatures continue to fall and the evenings get a little frosty, we can’t help but feel a little Christmas joy every time we see a speck of tinsel or stray fairy-light.

Not sure how early is too early to start planning for the holidays? We answer the FAQs everyone wants the answers to in our Christmas planning guide…

When Should I Put Up My Christmas Decorations?

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Ah… the age old question. How early is too early? Traditionally Christmas decorations are put up on the first day of Advent, which is the 3rd of December. Despite this, many Holiday fanatics put up their decorations and tree in early-mid November.

If you’re planning on having a real tree this year, don’t buy it until December the first. Any earlier and it will have biodegraded to a pile of fallen pine needles come December 24th!

When Should I Start Christmas Shopping?

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According to time.com, 30 million American’s had already started Christmas shopping by September the 30th. Before you start panicking, we’ll let you in on an even crazier fact: 30% of American’s have not finished their Christmas shopping until Christmas Eve! Eeek!

Unless you like feeling like a sheep in a meat market and elbowing your way through hundreds of unorganized husbands and boyfriends to snatch that last perfume bottle for your Mother in Law, don’t leave it until the last minute!

We recommend starting your Christmas shopping whenever you feel like it (duh). However, it’s sensible to be finished by the around the 20th to avoid the last minute Mall-panic!

If you hate crowds and rude retail staff altogether, why not do the majority of your Christmas shopping online? After all, there is far more variety. Here’s our Christmas gift guide to get you started!

Here’s some of our fave gift ideas for Mom:giftsformom

1. Paisley Wool Scarf

2. Paisley Embroidered Pillow Covers

3. Elegant Dahlia Pillow Cover

4. Hand Painted 7 Piece Table Runner and Placemat Set

5. Hand Painted Duvet Cover Set

How Much Should I Spend On Christmas Presents?

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This one’s a little controversial. For many, the thought of buying a family member or friend a $10 gift and receiving a $50 one can be pretty embarrassing. We don’t mean to sound like your preachy Aunt here, but it honestly is the thought that counts!

For some buying expensive Christmas gifts can be too much of a financial strain and it honestly isn’t worth putting yourself and your family through hardships for the sake of a slightly better present.

Disturbingly, one in three Brits put their Christmas gift splurges on credit. American’s aren’t much better and rack up an average debt of  $986 per household. Our neighbours down under buy almost half of their Christmas gifts on credit.

At the start of your Christmas planning, set yourself a strict budget for presents and stick to it!

As a guideline, the National Retail Federation reports that the average American spends $462 on gifts for family members.

Ready to start planning your Christmas? Check out our range of stunning hand crafted Indian decor items that are perfect for gifting.

 

 

Rachel Holliday

Rachel Holliday

Interior design and fashion contributor at Banarsi Designs. Writer and Aussie-based fashion and personal style blogger at www.thedailyluxe.net