Post in collaboration with Selfridges, but love of talking about Christmas long before December all my own
There are several reasons why this year I’m thinking about the a certain festive season a little early:
1) I’ve been on a spending ban for the past month, so naturally present shopping for others is the next best thing.
2) It’s my first Christmas away from home, so naturally every other conversation with parents turns to ‘what are your plans for Christmas this year love?’
3) I always leave things too late and witness the dreaded ‘sold out online’ logo far too often.
4) It’s the first Christmas where I don’t have to hide presents in the back of my wardrobe so LET’S GO BIG PEOPLE.
So, I’m going to start the Christmas conversation here.
I’m not sure if it’s a little early (possibly as we still have a few days until Halloween)- but having spoken to a couple of pals who are already comfortably halfway through their Christmas shopping- it posed the Carrie Bradshaw-esque question of: can you ever start prepping for the best season too early? In all seriousness, with Autumn in full swing and it also being my first Christmas in my own place- I’ve started thinking about the festive season involuntarily early, hampers and all. With a wedding to save for, and the season of giving and spending with those you love being my absolute favourite- getting organised in true Monica Gellar style has become my new hobby of choice.
Growing up my mum always used to pick them up for family that didn’t live in London- and always consisted of so many treats that people would always be thrilled to have in the cupboards too. This year one of my favourite department stores in London, Selfridges, have a ridiculously impressive selection with everything from salted caramel hampers (I know) to a breakfast in bed option– which, in my opinion would be the most beautiful gift for someone the morning after a dinner party (fancy, but perfect no?)
My tips for preparing early:
– Start making notes (phone or otherwise) on gift ideas! Drop hints into conversations, browse Pinterest boards and go shopping with friends if you can- taking pointers along the way!
– Pick up small bits when you go out so it feels less full on when the time comes around. Pick up a book of stamps with the food shop for Christmas cards (because 100 stamps isn’t cheap) and gift wrap when you see it to avoid missing out later.
– Look online for special gifts that’ll be harder to come by the nearer to Christmas you get. You don’t have to buy them instantly but keep an eye on things- beautiful hampers fly out so make sure you don’t leave it too late.
– Bake! A lot of seasonal treats, including delicious fruit cake, can be made well in advance and frozen- meaning more time for Christmas films and putting your feet up come December- not badio dadio!