CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FOR FUN
It may seem like a while away but is getting closer. Christmas is about giving but sometimes it’s nice to enjoy your day out. I for one love Christmas shopping.
However, I know that there are people who can’t handle shopping. The crowds, the havoc. It’s especially hard for those people who suffer anxiety or similar issues.I can’t go shopping on my own without a mini-panic attack, but I’ve found some ways to beat those nerves. Now I’m able to shop without a worry.
So here are ten tips for having a great – anxiety free – day out shopping!
1. WRITE A LIST
Having a list for all of the things you need to buy when Christmas shopping can cut down the hassle by half. Yes, I understand you can’t predict exactly what you want to buy for your friends and family, but having an idea in your head can help. You won’t spend hours pawing at this-and-that before putting everything back and going for something completely different.
In fact, doing this can multiply how likely the gift is to be good. A gift bought in a panic is far less likely to match the person receiving it. So get yourself a catalogue or watch some adverts to rile up your imagination.
2. PLAN YOUR SHOP
Even if you don’t know where exactly you’re going to go, choosing the types of shops you want will help you pick the right shopping centre. Another reason is that it means you’ll cut meaningless ‘wandering’ time. Your friends will want to buy presents, too no doubt.
For example, Laura loves classic movies and Disney. So I’d be looking for a Disney store. Our local one is closed down so that’s a no go. Luckily, Liverpool One has one! No, I really am surprised. I didn’t even think they existed in England anymore.
3. CHOOSE WHAT YOU WANT TO EAT
Every shopping centre has a selection of places to eat, but some won’t have your favourite restaurant. And if you’re making a day of it, you need to pick somewhere you and your friends will all enjoy (and can afford). I know I’ve been caught short when my friends have decided to drag me to the most expensive place when I’ve said I have no money. You don’t want to be that friend.
Liverpool One has so many! I don’t know how Laura could just settle for Pizza Hut. I’ll definitely be looking at the places they don’t have at my local shopping centre. And they have BUBBLE TEA! I’ll be wrangling one of those, thank you.
4. CHOOSE A PASTIME
Not everyone wants to spend a whole day shopping. They either don’t have bottomless purses or struggle in large crowds for a long time. I know I do. So the best way to end a day of shopping is to pick something to do which isn’t shopping-related.
For example, pre-book seats at a showing of the newest comic book movie or Christmas themed rom-com. That way you will be able to pop your shopping in the boot of your car and head to the movies to chill and wind down.
The pro with going to a city-based place is that there are likely museums, too. In fact, most cities have something for everyone. So choose it and enjoy!
5. CHOOSE A SHOPPING CENTRE
Okay, so this one varies between why and when you are shopping. Most people wish to go somewhere big and flashy. Some are fools and go to Oxford street. Yes, that’s a lovely place to enjoy the atmosphere but you’d be damned if you’re going to get shopping done anywhere near Christmas.
You should keep the mini-checklist of priorities in mind. If it has everything you want and need, then definitely book everything and head on out!
You might want to go somewhere local, but if you’re like me or Laura we love the experience of a place. That’s why I hope to one day head to Liverpool One at some point. Laura told me about it and it sounds great. Looking at their website only further proved it to me.
I just have to convince my friends, now.
6. GO EARLY
But not too early. You still want the decorations to be up and all of the Christmassy music to lift your spirits. The best time would be just as November rolls to an end and December is on the horizon.
Going early means you won’t have to weave through crowds elbowing strangers in the belly. This is the main reason people have panic attacks or a simply unpleasant time. But going early also means everything is still in stock.
People become strange Greed Monsters when they are faced with a wall of people separating them from their loved one’s present. Instead of hunting wild beasts, nowadays our hunting is for the newest PS4 game.
7. HAVE YOUR PHONE ON LOUD
This is more for my anxious compatriots. If you lose your friend in a crowd, having your phone at the ready is important. I’ve never been to Liverpool on my own, so I would definitely have a panic attack if I got lost. With your phone there, you won’t have to worry. You can just shoot off a text or phone call and let your friends find you.
8. HAVE A MEETUP PLACE
If you plan to split or are separated by accident, another way of ensuring you’re all accounted for is to have a meetup. Decide on something you all know or can identify. There might be three Starbucks, so don’t pick there! Pick a landmark or a shop that is the only one of its kind, there.
9. HAVE SOMEWHERE TO STAY
Or a way home! If you’re over three hours away from home after such a busy day, you might not want to drive. So why not stay at a hotel? That way you can truly make a day of it.
However, most people don’t have that kind of money to spend. So ensuring you have enough petrol and a willing driver to take you there and back is key. Trust me, you do not want to be stranded.
10. THAT’S A WRAP!
Okay, so you’ve survived a day of Christmas shopping. What next? Wrapping the presents you dumb dumb! This is, in fact, the biggest part of all Christmas shopping.
Well, it’s my favourite part, at least.
So get your rolls of paper, your scissors, the gifts and any additions like ribbon and get cracking. Don’t forget to label everything as you go! You don’t want your dad to open up your sister’s Fifty Shades of Grey.
I’m planning on going to Liverpool One for this year’s Christmas shopping trip. Where are you planning to go? Have you any embarrassing Christmas shopping stories to share? I’d love to hear them!
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