It’s getting close to Christmas and you’ve still not started the Christmas shopping. We’ve all been there but whatever the reason for your last minute dash, don’t panic. Our guide will make sure it is possible for you come up with the perfect gift ideas just in time for Christmas. The main thing when you’ve left everything to the last minute is to stay calm and focused on what you want to achieve. Make a list of everything that you need to do, as well as all the people you still have to buy presents for, ensuring that you haven’t missed anyone off the list. Once you are organised you can start to think about what they would like and whereabouts you need to go. Staying as organised as possible allows you to walk directly into a shop and get exactly what you need without running around like a headless chicken. When you’re shopping last minute, you risk buying generic Christmas staples that nobody really wants. Rather than buying socks or bubble bath think outside the box and make your gifts yourself. Homemade gifts can be less time consuming than you think! Handmade candles, jewellery, or even CD’s with memorable songs on can all be done in an evening, whilst making great gifts with special value. If you have a bit more time, why not make friends and family Christmas hampers? You can choose themes from a foodie hamper to gardening, craft or beauty. Just a few hours baking some Christmas biscuits may just be the most well received gift you’ve ever given! When it’s too late to order online, one of the biggest drawbacks of last minute Christmas shopping is squeezing through the crowds of other last minute shoppers just to get a few last items. From Christmas presents to things for the dinner table, try to avoid city centres and larger shopping centres and give your local shops a go instead. You might find you can actually find everything you need for Christmas Day just down the road! No matter how prepared you are this year, make sure you don’t let the stress of last minute shopping take over and ruin the spirit of the holiday. If you find yourself not feeling the festive cheer this year then our Happy Holidays special offer is sure to put a smile on your face. We are offering £5 off every credit card reading all through December, so if you need someone to talk to this Christmas there has never been a better time to get in touch. Simply call Freephone 0800 915 2347 and quote ‘Xmas 2012.’ Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time for all, and that includes you! Having the perfect day will be reliant on a happy atmosphere and the gathering of loved ones, not expensive presents and extravagant food, so make sure you look forward to spending time with those that mean most to you and you will have a Christmas to remember.