Yes, it’s 3 days to go until Christmas day and I woke up with full blast energy because today is a BIG day for me. No-no, it’s not my birthday nor anyone from my family… It’s a big day for me because today is my ONE-DAY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DAY. Super redundant? I noticed that, too. Hehe 🙂
After starting my Christmas countdown yesterday (4 days to go ’til Christmas) at my social media accounts, I realized that I am not yet prepared for the coming Christmas day. No gifts for my family yet, no groceries, nothing! Well, yes, except that our Christmas tree is up and the Christmas socks of my kids are already hanging. So, I slept early last night for today’s “big” day.
I woke up fueled up today, ready for an action-packed Christmas shopping. Some quick points to remember when you’re planning to have a full day Christmas shopping:
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes – Choose clothes that you’ll feel at ease and relaxed while shopping. You don’t need to wear dresses with very tight belt to look sexy or whatever your motive is. Your goal for this day is to complete your shopping and grocery list, not to flaunt your fashion style or be a ramp model in the middle of the supermarket. For shoes, wear something flat and comfortable, something that won’t be a load for a long day walking around the mall.
- Get a list of things that you will buy at the grocery store. Plan your menu ahead. This will help you manage your time better with lesser chance of missing any ingredients.
- Make a list also of the people you are going to give gifts. If you can write across their names the gifts you think they would like, the better.
- Go out alone or plus one companion who can help you carry things (or be a hero to fall in line at the cashier while you grab the last items from your grocery list. Haha!). DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT BRING KIDS. It is of greater percentage that they’ll have tantrums when they get bored.
- EAT BEFORE STARTING YOUR GROCERIES.
So, today’s the day!
I started the day at the mall with my groceries. Why? (1) Since it’s already December 22, I assumed that there will be long queues at the cashiers. And I am right. Good thing I already planned my menu and jot down the ingredients. I was able to finish everything in 2 hours. (2) Priorities, food before gifts. I don’t want to spend my money to buy gifts for everyone at first and then sacrifice the food that we’ll eat or even the basic necessities at home. So, whatever’s left from my Christmas shopping budget after doing the groceries, that’ll be the money I will spend for the gifts for my family.
Want to know what are the GOOD DEALS I got for gifts?
- Entity – men’s cologne and lotion (Php 149/box)
- Fashionable earphones – (Php 149 each) There are also some cute earphones that costs Php 129 each, these doesn’t have mic (pure earphones) and some because they doesn’t have pouch or casing.
- Nivea gift pack – lotion, soap, deodorant and facial cream (Php 159)
- Flash Cards/Picture Cards – I bought two packs: shapes/colors and fruits/vegetables. (Php 160)
- Bath brush/sponge with wood handle – It’s 2-in-1, has long wood handle to reach the back and can be converted to a smaller one for reachable body parts (Php 109)
- Glam BB Cream – a good deal which is buy 2 take 1 (Php149 each)
- Hurricane – free size shirt (Php 99)
- Pentel drawing set – drawing book/coloring book, color pens, oil pastels (Php 149)
There are some of the cheap items I got at the department store. You can really score a lot of good deals out there, just be patient and have plenty of time to roam around. But of course, when it comes to gift giving, it is always the thought that counts. The importance of remembering them, and giving back.
But do you know what’s the most important thing to remember on December 25?
“Joy to the world, the Lord has come!”