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This year I am trying to be more organised for Christmas.
Last year was a horrible rush of trying to find pretty recyclable wrapping paper at the last minute (much harder than it sounds if you’re looking on the high street), trying to stock up on food and drink that had already gone missing from the supermarket shelves and having zero idea what to buy for my partner’s family on a budget. We even failed to get our Christmas tree out of storage in time.
No one really wants to start thinking about Christmas too early, but at the same time I think a bit of planning in October goes a long way to a more relaxed December. Below I’ve shared some tips of how I’ll be more organised this year. Of course, for me, the most important thing is to have a good selection of quality food and drink to see you through the festivities – and whatever you do, don’t forget to stock up on wine!
Top Tip 1
If you’ve not saved up for Christmas, write a list of everyone you need to buy a gift for and a rough budget per person. If you need to manage your cash flow, buy a third of your gifts in October, plus another third in November and December to spread the cost. Just make sure anything that has a longer delivery time is bought early and that perishable items are purchased closer to Christmas Day. If you’ve already saved up for presents, then why not do the shopping early and get everything wrapped and hidden away so you can avoid the crowds?
Top Tip 2
Keep an eye out for Christmas fayres and markets in your local area. It is a great way to discover products you might not find online or on the high-street. It’s also a good chance to support small local businesses and it makes a great day out with friends and families. Our Christmas Fayre is on Saturday 23rd November. We’d love to see you there!
Top Tip 3
Plan your festive menu early so you can start thinking about food and wine matching. We’ve got fantastic food pairing ideas and some recipes on our wine product pages. Plus, don’t get so focused on Christmas that you forget to plan for New Year celebrations too. At Bolney we’ll be offering free tastings in our shop from the 1st November to the 31st December, so come along and talk to us about what food you’re thinking of serving and we’d be happy to give some suggestions.
Top Tip 4
Be mindful of the environment. Try to buy gifts with less plastic and that have recyclable packaging where you can. Purchase recyclable wrapping paper and gift bags and try save all the ribbons and decorations on gifts you are given to use yourself next year. Finally, try not to purchase gifts that people might simply throw away – if you’re not sure what to buy someone then why not get them a bottle of something special that they can keep in their cellar or a gift experience voucher?
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