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Tips from a busy mum: Organised gift buying

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In our household like many others, the task of gift buying lies at my feet. I am the person who maintains the family diary, so when a birthday for a cousin or grandparent rolls around, I flag it up in advance so we can find something suitable or organise a card.

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I get a lot of my gifts online, simply because it is easier to compare prices, find stock without having to race from shop to shop, and also if you are early enough, you can make sure that you have all the gifts and cards in your home for every event, birthday or anniversary. But I also like to go sale shopping too when I know the High Street has chopped prices.

I like to be organised so I don’t get caught out, so to help give you an insight of the systems I use, I’ve compiled a handy checklist for making sure you never miss an event or birthday again!

  • Firstly, you need to know all the birthday dates for the whole family, any friends you wish to celebrate and also other important dates like wedding anniversaries. Compile this information into a list on your computer – organised by date so you can see at a glance all the January birthdays etc. I call this my ‘annual checklist’ and as babies get born or people get married, I add to this list as it happens so that they get a card next year!
  • Each month, look at your annual checklist to see what is coming up for the month. You can also check the month after too in case there are any events happening during the first week of that month, as you’ll need to organise those gifts too.
  • Once you know who you are buying for that month, you can start to look for deals on the things that they like. For example, it is Father’s Day in the UK this weekend, and Amazon often have some good Prime Day deals on tech.
  • It is especially handy to be mindful on who is celebrating an event within the following three months or so when stores have their seasonal sales, as you can often pick up a bargain by shopping early. If I waited to buy a gift the week before someone’s birthday, I’d feel like I hadn’t had time to make sure I’d found the best deal, or that I was just buying something to have a gift – rather than because I know the recipient really wants it.
  • When large retailers have toy sales or baby sales, I see who on my list fits that age category. Toys can be stored for several months to no detriment, and if you manage to find a half price deal – it’s worth buying early!
  • By planning ahead, you can also take advantage of more unusual presents such as concert tickets, to secure the seats when they go on sale, and not have to resort to secondary selling websites which bump up the prices.
  • Finally, if like me, you like to order personalised birthday cards from the online retailers, you often can get a free P&P deal by purchasing at least 4 cards at a time, so I check who in my diary has a birthday coming up so I can get their card early and avoid P&P!
  • What tips do you have for organised gift buying? Let me know in the comments!

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