Published: 28th Oct 2015
Whether you’re already keen to dig out the tinsel or bemoaning how early the festive season seems to have started, the excitement and preparations that surround Christmas are hard to avoid.
Many people (particularly those who take on the lion’s share of gift-buying and catering responsibilities) find the run-up to Christmas very stressful. However, when combined with a little forward planning, the internet can be a really helpful tool when it comes to sorting out Christmas with the minimum amount of hassle.
One way to make Christmas easier is to make the switch to e-cards. By cutting down on the amount of paper mail and postage, you are not only helping to reduce the impact on the environment, but also on your pocket. There are plenty of websites where you can find a variety of free designs, which you can then send to as many people as you want.
Online shopping is another way to help manage the demands of Christmas. Browsing potential gifts is much easier when you don’t have to deal with crowded streets and busy shops. It also means you can choose from a wider range of items, and also compare prices in a way that is often difficult in a bricks-and-mortar shop. You may even find that your recipient has created an online wish list at a website (although not all have their feature), which can take the guesswork out of the process.
However, it is important to start online present-buying in good time, so as to allow for delivery. Most websites are aware of how important it is for Christmas gifts to reach their destination on time, so they are likely to have information on the last day when orders placed will arrive in time. Make sure to check which delivery service they are using, as some suspend their operations a day or so before December 25th, which can throw your calculations out.
If you want, you can even order the big Christmas grocery shop online (turkey and all) to avoid a trip to the supermarket, and give yourself more time to enjoy the company of your nearest and dearest.
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