Guest Post: How to fit Christmas shopping around a 9-5 job

No matter how much time you feel you have, there's never quite enough when it comes to Christmas shopping. Every year you vow to be more organised, but if you have a stressful day job and busy weekends, chances are you'll still find yourself dashing around the shops buying last minute gifts on Christmas Eve. Avoid the panicked rush with these handy tips and make the festive period a time for rest, relaxation and gorging on mince pies - as it should be!

Make a list of ideas:
The first step to ensuring that Christmas shopping doesn't make you want to tear your hair out is to actually get organised! Compile a list of everyone you need to shop for and at least two gift ideas. Tick items off as you go along so you can track your progress and see how many people you have left to buy for. This way, it won't seem like such a daunting task to get it all done in time for the big day.

Shop online:
No need to fight the crowds or vie for the last parking space when you can shop online in the comfort of your own home or during your lunch break at work. Not only can you browse everything from one place but you'll be able to ask for your friends' and family's opinions without having to take them all with you.

Avoid delivery drama:
When you're run off your feet at a 9 to 5 job it's impossible to stay in and wait all day for a delivery. This is particularly problematic if the parcel is too big to fit through the letterbox and you don't want to bother the neighbours. Relying on the post might also leave you with little time to return a faulty gift, meaning all your clever planning will be dashed. Avoid these issues the very handy Collect Plus at Isme, which lets you choose to have a parcel delivered to a convenient location where you can pick it up later.

With a bit of forethought and these new shopping options you can have your presents beautifully wrapped up and ready well in advance, leaving you to enjoy Christmas without the mad dash to grab the last bath and body set for your mum!

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