Christmas Shopping Survival Tips

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017

The countdown to Christmas has begun and with only a few weekends to go before the big day, you should start thinking how you plan on tackling the buying of gifts.

This is by no means an uncommon problem and you’d like to think that with the advent of online shopping’s constant rise, that the whole endeavour these days is much easier. Whether this is the case or not, there are many who still prefer to head out and fill stockings in real time.

Thankfully there is a worthy solution to your woes.

If you are a one-stop shop to satisfy all your buying needs for the festive season then stop by South Wharf, in particular, DFO and Homemaker Homewares. The DFO centre features a smorgasbord of big name brands to please anybody including:

  • Aquila
  • Bed, Bath N Table
  • Billabong
  • Hairhouse Warehouse
  • Fila Victoria’s Secret.
  • Cotton On
  • Edge Clothing
  • Lacoste
  • Platypus Shoes
  • Speedo
  • Supré
  • Typo

Before you do anything, here are a few things we advise you consider before you start pulling your hair out (or what is left of it).

Get the kids sorted

Whether you organise a babysitter or can bring help to manage the kids, you are going to need to keep them at bay – the fewer distractions the less stress.

Whatever you do, just don’t leave them in the car, not even for a short time.

Arrive early

As above, get there early and avoid the rush. Or perform a Google search see when the quieter times are.

DFO google search

You can find the popular times to the right in the Knowledge Graph.

Preferably you should venture out during the week. Even though taking a day off work may sound like overkill, you will be grateful in the long run.

Plot a course

Instead of just wondering around aimlessly, it is a good idea to target specific venues and match them up with people you plan on getting gifts for. Do a little research prior to arriving and then hit the ground running when you arrive.

Bring a friend

An extra set of hands can lighten your load in more ways than one. Not only can they help carry your goods, but they can also help you make decisions on purchases.

Think about transport

Depending on the number of items and help you have you may want to consider public transport and leaving the car at home. Trams run down Spencer street and stop close to the venue or if you plan on driving there is a large car park available. If you need the car then get there early to avoid any car park rage.

Set up a budget

This is a bit of a no-brainer but avoid doing this in the weeks leading up to your shopping. Make sure you do this way ahead of time so you aren’t scrabbling for cash at the last minute.

Simple do’s and don’ts

  • Guys, this one is for you – don’t be stubborn! Ask staff for help right away if they are free – you’ll save time finding stuff plus you’ll get an extra opinion on things.
  • Make a list and literally cross things out as you go, it will make you feel a sense of accomplishment.
  • Set a bit of time to pick up anything extra just in case you run out of time.
  • Buy the things you are 100% sure of first and leave the things you’re unsure of till later.
  • Wear comfy shoes and loose-fitting clothes.
  • Don’t shop on an empty stomach.
  • Treat yourself to something.

Despite many of the above items being fairly common sense to a few, some of them do get forgotten even by the sharpest in the crowd. So, before you begin your shopping this Christmas, keep these tips in mind and don’t complain to us if you get in a fuss later.