​How to save money on your Christmas shopping

Don't bust your budget! Discover 6 savvy ways to save on holiday gifts this festive season (including starting early)...

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​How to save money on your Christmas shopping

It may seem early to start thinking about the festive season, but if you want to save money this Christmas then now is the time to get organised. 

We've rounded up a whole Santa's sack full of brilliant tips to help you save money this festive season on your gift shopping

When it comes to the holidays, costs can quickly add up. There's all those pre-Christmas parties to attend, plus decorating the home, finding new outfits for the festive season, buying food for Christmas lunch and then, of course, shopping for presents. It sounds overwhelming but with a bit of careful planning and some clever tips, you can have a happy Christmas on a budget - without resorting to eating mince pies for every meal.

We've rounded up a whole Santa's sack full of brilliant tips to help you save money this festive season on your Christmas present shopping

1. Start early

Whether it's jotting down gift ideas months ago or buying the perfect pressie for mum over the summer, it's never too early to start thinking about the holidays. Just don't forget to keep them hidden - you don't want any curious children stumbling upon their Christmas presents before Santa has arrived. By starting early, you'll also avoid those last-minute (ahem, expensive) panic buys. 

2. Set a budget

Figure out how much you can spend on Christmas shopping this year and then stick to it. The easiest way to stay within your budget is to be organised, which leads us to our next tip...

3. Make a list - and check it twice!

The best way to manage your holiday shopping budget is to break it down. Write down everyone who you plan on buying a gift for - even if it's just a box of sweets for your children's teacher. Next to everyone's name on your list, jot down the maximum amount that you'd like to spend. 

4. Do it yourself

Show friends and family how much you care with a thoughtful, homemade present. Whether it's a box of homemade chocolate truffles or a knitted woolly jumper, there are plenty of DIY gifts that your loved ones will adore. 

5. Give an IOU

Shopping when everyone else is shopping can be stressful and expensive. Instead, consider gifting IOUs to friends and family on Christmas Day, telling them what gift they have to look forward to and then pick up their presents in the January sales. Simple!

6. Save on postage

If you're sending gifts to friends and family, don't pay more than you need to for postage fees. The deadline for second-class post within in the UK for 2017 is Wednesday 20 December, while International Standard for Australia/New Zealand is 11 December. Check out Royal Mail's full list of 2017 last posting dates here.

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