Last Minute Shopping Guide
The countdown is on people! Whilst those organised (and smug) few among us have all of their loved ones presents wrapped and safely nestled under their wouldn't-look-out-of-place-in-a-shop-window Christmas tree, I am reppin' for those of us who are yet to even write a list of who to buy for. Yes. If you are yet to battle the Christmas crowds, figure out what a hover board is (and get your head around the fact that someone actually invented them and whether it's safe for your best friend's boyfriend's niece) or just if you generally can't face what lies ahead of you over the next few days, then stick around. I got you.
Step 1. Write a list and a plan a route.
Ok..so pretty basic. But think of this as your cheat sheet through the high street labyrinth. Perfume set for your nan/mum/boss - you got it! Then a quick shimmy through Argos for all kids you know under the age of ten, winning! And finally, last stop at that department store that tries to sell you something you don't need, because you know by this point you'll be spent up and won't be lured in by the spritzer girl, or fit Dave in the electronics department. Repeat after me. You do not need a new i-Pad. Neither does your Grandad. He doesn't know what one is. Which brings me to step two...
Step 2. Know thy family.
Yes you might think it's a great idea to get your little bro a Star Wars thingy-ma-jiggy, but hey, if he's waited for the second release of Yeezy Boosts to drop for months, then you you aren't gonna win any sister points by getting him the former. So, do yourself a favour, ask questions, do your research...and drop a few hints for yourself while you're at it.
Step 3. Do not make eye contact.
You may laugh, but when there are only a few bottles of your mum's fave perfume lingering in Boots you need to get there quick time. So to prevent you dancing around the dithering dears and loved up, hand-holding couples down the high street like a scene from Strictly, just don't look up. Walk on my friend, just keep walking. Disclaimer: Shoulder barging is rude. Don't do that.
Step 4. Forget everything I've just said and shop online.