With Christmas quickly approaching, the stress of Christmas can get to us all. Not to fear! Glasgow blogger Cocktails & Fairytales shares with us her top tips to surviving Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, Christmas Day and Boxing Day!

“They say that it’s the most wonderful time of the year, the time of the year where we spoil our loved ones and stuff our faces silly. However, in my opinion, it is also one of the most STRESSFUL times of the year. As I write this, it is nearing Christmas Day. And I haven’t even started Christmas shopping. I’m really not looking forward to the mobbed streets of the city centre and the elbow jabs you suffer as you make your way to the checkout. And then, the discovery once you get home that you have forgotten to get practically everything that you went in for. Then there is surviving Christmas Day itself. But, don’t despair! I have devised a quick guide to keep sane whilst braving the festive season…”

Surviving Christmas Shopping

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1. The most fundamental rule is MAKE A LIST. A list will keep you on track and make sure you don’t forget anything. Group items in terms of shops you will need to visit so you don’t leave the store and realise you needed to buy something else. Having a rough guide in your head of what you are going to buy will make things much easier. Have a look online beforehand to get an idea. Or from the comfort of your bed/couch head over to “Glasgow’s Finest” where Glasgow Living are hosting a unique online store showcasing the best of Scotland’s local independent creative talent. This offers a great opportunity for home-grown individual creators and designers to engage and trade with a Scottish audience on a global level.

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2. Try to head into the shops early on. They will be less busy and the rails and shelves will be tidier, making it easier to find things.

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3. Have a coffee/vodka/valium break. I’M KIDDING. All jokes aside… a coffee and Panini break will give you the strength to carry on.

4. Make sure you ask for gift receipts if you think the person might want to return it or if you are unsure on the size.

5. Or to make your life even easier, buy everyone a present from the Glasgow’s Finest online store, check it out here.

Surviving Wrapping the Presents

Image: Cocktails & Fairytales
Image: Cocktails & Fairytales

6. Pour a glass of wine. A laaaaaaarge glass of wine and hope for the best.

Surviving Christmas Day

7. Wear stretchy clothes. Treat Christmas Dinner like you are tackling a long-haul flight, rest beforehand, eat a light brekkie, choose the best seat and make sure you are comfortable.

8. Speaking of choosing the right seat, don’t sit and the end of the table nearest the kitchen. You will be the one who will have to get up for endless drink top ups and the tomato ketchup for the big kid at the table. (Usually me.)

9. Go easy on the alcohol until you eat something. You don’t want to be THAT guy who drinks too much breakfast bucks fizz, ruins Christmas by blowing the ‘Santa secret’, fall on the tree and end up in bed by 4pm.

10. Don’t take board games too seriously. So what if someone forgot to turn the egg-timer round on Family Fortunes or someone is conferring with their team. It is just a game. It. Is. Just. A. Game.

11. If you there are small kids coming over make sure you have a stack of batteries and screwdrivers handy for their toys. And a gun to shoot the Elsa doll that repeatedly sings one verse of ‘Let It Go’. Over. And. Over. And. Over. Again.

Surviving Boxing Day

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12. DO NOTHING AT ALL. Stay in your onesie, watching Christmas movies and eating Terry’s Chocolate Oranges. All day. Because, when else in the year can you?

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