With December soon to be upon us, now is certainly the time to begin thinking about Christmas, and a part of that involves the somewhat dreaded Christmas shopping. With hoards of shoppers descending on high streets and shopping centres to stock up on festive gifts, it is certainly advisable to plan your trip ahead to make sure you know how you are going to get there, what you are going to buy and all the little things in between.
It can often be more enjoyable to go Christmas shopping as a group, so if you have planned to tackle the task of buying presents with your girlfriends, here are a few tips for planning the perfect shopping trip this December;
With spaces in car parks likely to be difficult to come by whilst trains and buses will be packed full, getting to your desired shopping location could be a difficult task. However, if there is a group of you going to enjoy a full day out, why not hire a mini-bus or mini-coach for the day that will remove the hassle of finding somewhere to park as you can be dropped off wherever you please and picked up at a set location, at a time that suits you; plus there will be plenty of storage space for all those shopping bags too!
Where to Shop
By making a list of the presents you hope to buy ahead of going, you will make the process far less stressful. Whilst others may be running around from shop to shop not knowing what to buy, you will be able to walk into each shop knowing exactly what you need before picking it up, paying for it and moving on. Although shopping in London offers practically everything you can think of, it can be a nightmare if you don’t have an idea in mind as there are so many shops to choose from.
If you’re out with the girls on your Christmas present shopping spree, you will undoubtedly want to take a break at some point, enjoy some lunch and have a good old natter. Fast food outlets, cafes, coffee shops and restaurants will all understandably be busy with so many shoppers on the streets, so a good tip is to try and avoid the times you know will be busy, 10am to 11am for coffee and 12pm to 2pm for lunch. Alternatively, you could always book a table at a restaurant in advance so you know you are guaranteed a seat and some food at a time that suits you.
Hopefully these tips will make your Christmas shopping trip less stressful and a lot more enjoyable, and remember, if you want to get to your shopping destination with ease, get in touch with us here at Westbus to discuss the range of coach hire options we have available.