Here are some tips on how to get the best prezzies for your friends and family, at bargain prices, without unnecessary over-spending.
What did the shopping addict say to the minimalist? Nothing, they were the same person. I know it’s not even funny, it’s terrible, I just made it up and I barely gave it much thought. But get used to shit jokes because Christmas is coming!
But seriously. I love shopping. I LOVE online shopping. Literally everything is there at your fingertips and you can even stay in your bed, possibly in your pyjamas and feel like you’ve improved your life in some way without getting up. I’m an absolute sucker for marketing. I see photos of happy girls wearing new clothes and I’m like “I WANT THAT FEELING.”
But, I’ve also been addicted to minimalism, the philosophy of less is more. I’ve been selling items on my Ebay, donating clothes to charity (or sometimes to my younger sister) and generally cleaning out my household. When Rose and I started talking about having a baby together I’ll admit that a small part of me panicked. I grew up in a family of 7 in a cramped house with shared bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The idea of another person in our house, and all the equipment that comes with a baby freaked me out and I started immediately getting rid of stuff. And guys. It felt GREAT.
I was literally only a few hours in to my clearing out experiment and I was having epiphanies about my life. Getting rid of the clutter made space in my mind to figure out things I didn’t realise needed figuring out. The house is tidier and more organised. It’s easier to clean. I can find things. And most importantly, I buy less.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t buy at all! I’ve realised that minimalism is an ongoing journey. People buy gifts, things get old and need to be replaced. Sometimes you are forced to buy things. And that’s when you can get sucked back in.
So tomorrow is Black Friday, and the shops have already started doing pre Black Friday Sales, then the first week of December there are MORE SALES.
Don’t worry! I’m here to help. I love shopping, I love a bargain, but none of us are millionaires and we can’t go too crazy. So here’s how I recommend navigating the sales to the best of your advantage:
It’s Ok To Buy Stuff, Sometimes
Don’t feel guilty if you do buy something. I’ve drastically cut down my spending and bringing useless junk into our household. But it’s also ok to treat yourself sometimes. I care about the environment and try to shop consciously. But guys. It’s ok to get yourself or a loved one something nice without worrying too much about it. Relax. At least it’s in the sales!
Make A List
Make a list of what you actually NEED before you go anywhere NEAR the sales. I mean it. Instead of browsing aimlessly, if you need jeans, look at the jeans. If you need boots, look at the boots. I’ve waited all year to buy myself some expensive wellies and slippers. I’ve needed them for AGES and I’m going for expensive versions because I want them to last rather than fall apart within a few months. I’m so happy I waited for the sales to save a bit of cash.
Use The Wishlist/Favourite Feature
Here’s what I do all the time to curb my shopping addictions. I don’t completely stop browsing online to look at the delightful new sparkly things. I create an account and use the heart button feature. I do this on every single site. It creates a wishlist/favourite list and then instead of putting things in my basket mindlessly, I heart them instead. Then, a few days later I come back and look at what I hearted. With fresh eyes, I usually get rid of things that look cute but are impractical and I will never wear. Coming back to it at a later time reinforces your impulse control. And when you come back sometimes the item you are after is in the sale!
Will You Love This Item?
I always think about this before I buy something. Are you realistically going to wear it/use it regularly? If yes, have you already got something similar and you are accidentally doubling up? Similarly, if you are buying for someone else, try to listen carefully during conversation to see if they slip up. If you are buying them something to do with their passions, they may already own this item. And don’t bother with joke stocking fillers. They may get a temporary laugh, but I believe that gifts that last and stay in someones home for a long time are more worthwhile.
On the flipside, if you find something utterly quirky and unique, this normally is a great treat for yourself or a fantastic present for someone else, because it’s not similar to anything anyone already owns, and it will draw lots of attention from people wanting to know where it’s from.
Make A Budget
Every year at Christmas I write down the names of everyone I am buying for, a rough budget of how much I want to spend for each individual, (this can seriously differ! A work colleague and a family member will have vastly different price ranges!) and then a few notes on things that person loves, to give me ideas. My problem is, I buy a present for someone early, then I forget and want to get them more. If you have a list and a budget it will stop you buying too many presents per person.
This is my favourite part! Here are a few of my fave brands/recommendations of items I would buy that are on sale NOW. Check it out and get yourself a bargain!
As you know I LOVE The Ordinary products. Lots of the sites selling The Ordinary are having an online sale right now.
Beauty Bay have up to 50% off selected lines right now!
Elemis has 30% off full sizes and selected gift sets. Laura Dix swears by Elemis!
Use code: 2019BF
First 250 orders today and get 20% your beauty basket!
Save 15% with the code: HURRY.
Charlotte Tilbury is my FAVOURITE. I can’t get enough of it. I swear by the Pillow Talk Lipstick, which is universally flattering. I use a lot of Charlotte Tilbury’s eyeshadows too. The website has 30% off selected lines only.
I buy a lot of shampoos and skincare from Feel Unique. They are having up to 35% off on over 350 brands + free beauty bags and limited time steals – which would make great little presents!
Office are having a 20% off Black Friday sale using the code TAKE20
Hunter are offering 25% selected boots right now!
I have shown a lot of shoes on my liketoknowit that are from Public Desire.
Public Desire are having 30% off everything with code CYBER30
Ahh my FAVOURITE. Here are links to some of my first choice websites for clothes and their offers this Black Friday!
Up to 70% off everything!
60% off everything!
(I can’t do a blog post without mentioning Topshop!)
25% off sitewide
I JUST bought a sports bra from Nike yesterday. They’re having a 30% extra off sale.
Up to 50% off
Up to 75% off everything at the moment but the deals are constantly changing!
20% off everything for members
20% off everything when you spend £75+ with code 20OFF
And for more expensive, higher quality items…
30% off sitewide
30% off sitewide with code VIPBF
Up to 30% off everything, 60% off jackets, knitwear and shoes
30% off everything
30% off all full price with code BLACKOUT
I hope this helps! I’m going to be blogging a lot more as the Christmas period is coming up, so if there is anything in particular you want me to blog about, let me know!
PS Shop my favourites below!
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