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The (Digital) Christmas Survival Guide – Part Two

2014-12-15 18:40

I have vowed to make Christmas 2014 stress free.  I have vowed to bring joy back into Christmas and prolong my life!  So I have devised a Christmas Survival Plan using all the best features of the online world.

In Part One, I detailed the best digital hacks for making your lists, buying presents online and pumping out Christmas cards and party invitations, so here is the second instalment of my Digital Christmas Plan.

Fingers crossed it helps make your Christmas a little easier too!


  1. Christmas Decorations

Many retailers such as Big W, Myer and David Jones will sell you beautiful artificial Christmas trees online but why not buy a fresh Christmas tree online? The Dural Christmas Tree Farm in Sydney allows you to nominate your tree height, order online and then choose your delivery date. Too easy!


Christmas Kingdom, Christmas Warehouse and Christmas World also all have an extraordinary range of decorations that you can order online.  If you are contemplating entering the competitive world of Christmas light displays then these stores are made for you – their ranges are mind-blowing!


When shopping online remember to only buy from trusted retailers.  Always look for the lock and ensure the site you want to visit has an address that starts with https.  If in doubt, download McAfee’s free Site Advisor to check whether a site is safe.


  1. Christmas Attire

Deciding what to wear to the array of Christmas parties and end of year functions can be very time consuming – particularly if you are female.  So why not take your search online?  Target stores that have a solid return policy and a fast delivery option if you are running out of time!


I love The Iconic – a fantastic Aussie online fashion store that offers 3 hour delivery.  They have a fabulous range and have a tried and tested returns policy.  Also check out BirdsNest – an awesome online store that provides recommendation based on your preferences and shape! Asos, Next, Review, ShopBop, TopShop, me and moo, Witchery and Hunters and Gatherers also offer a great range of party style dresses.  And don’t be put off by the overseas stores – their delivery is really quick and in some cases even free!


Remember when shopping online to ensure the site is secure and also trust your gut.  If the pictures are dodgy and there are spelling mistakes best to find another online retailer.  Also retain all transaction records for tracking purposes and in case of a dispute.




  1. Christmas Food

If you are hosting Christmas or even a festive soirée then it is essential to get your menu sorted ASAP.


Nigella, Jamie Oliver and Donna Hay have fantastic Christmas menus and meal plans online. So make yourself a cup of tea and get researching.  Also check out Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Garden and the ever faithful Taste.com.au for fantastic ideas and planning tips.


Work out what you can prep beforehand and remember your freezer can be your best friend during this crazy time of the year.  So cook and freeze spare meals so you always have something on hand for those weeks when you feel you have no time.  The BBC and Taste have a great selection of freezer friendly recipes that could get you out of trouble.


  1. Christmas Holidays

If you are thinking about taking a Christmas holiday then researching and booking online is a no-brainer.  Skyscanner is a great starting point for airfares as it brings together the best deals from a variety of online stores. Webjet is another great resource as is Lastminute and Wotif.  If you are thinking more of a holiday house experience, check out Stayz or HomeAway.


With just 5 weeks to go there is still time to turn this around and make it stress free.  A little bit of preparation now will ensure you can have a fabulous and stress free Christmas – and wouldn’t that be the best Christmas gift ever?


Till next time…


Alex xx

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