Christmas Shopping in September – 4 Reasons Why You Should Start Now

Customise Christmas gifts and cards with photos + text using easy Snapfish design tools

Christmas is a merry time but Christmas shopping can be stressful. As soon as August ends, Christmas shopping becomes the main focus. Christmas madness used to start immediately after Halloween and Black Friday, but savvy shoppers are now starting earlier. Christmas adverts appear on TV almost before the summer holidays have ended, but shopping two months ahead of the main event seems like the most reasonable time to start. 

Early Christmas shopping is such a great idea. It lightens the workload, and makes it easier on Father Christmas when you start your Christmas shopping in September. Checking things off your Xmas list now, has many benefits.

1. It Allows You to Plan Ahead

An average shopper spends more than £100 on Christmas gifts for their family and friends. For most people, Christmas shopping is a heavy hit on the budget but starting early and shopping smart helps you prepare and come up with a sensible plan. Determine how much you can spend on presents, divide the figure by the number of gifts you need to buy, and stick to the plan. You can even make an Excel spreadsheet to take things to another level and keep everything under control. This also lowers the chance of impulse buys and allows shopping off-season when there’s no crowd, queues, elbowing, nor panicking.

2. It Makes You a Better Gift-Giver

Planning ahead and having enough time will provide you with a chance to think through your present list thoroughly and buy the ones your friends and family will actually like. Don’t overthink it, and opt for personalised Christmas gifts instead of off -the -shelf, shop-bought, presents since they make the perfect gifts, even for those hard-to-shop-for persons. With Snapfish, it is surprisingly quick & easy to create bespoke Christmas gifts for all your loved ones, leaving you with more time for other things that make Christmas presents so magical – wrapping them and writing personalised Christmas greeting cards. Do all of this in September, and enjoy the festivities in December while everyone else is going crazy.

3. It Improves Your Mental Health

There’s nothing worse than last-minute Christmas shopping, especially when everybody’s trying to do the same as you – to find the perfect Christmas gift that hasn’t been sold out yet. That’s why early shoppers say Christmas shopping in September is so relaxing – you’ll have enough time for everything. You’ll spend less and you’ll feel the magic of Christmas much longer. You can write a shopping to-do list, set deadlines, and enjoy getting things done. Even Christmas shopping madness can count as self-improvement – all you have to do is to look at things from the right angle.

No matter which of the reasons listed above appeals to you the most, Christmas shopping in September is not as silly as it sounds. All it takes is a little planning and you can save tons of money and have some fun along the way. Start shopping now and prepare yourself for the most relaxing Christmas ever.

4. Snapfish have some amazing new custom gifts!

Photo Prints

Gift these printed memories as is, or turn them into personalised Christmas gift tags. Whether you choose to send a few printed pictures inside your Christmas card, or go all out and print out all those camera phone pictures to frame or stick into an album, Snapfish has a wide range of photo printing products to choose from.

Print photos of your family pictures with Snapfish

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Photo calendars are the gift that keeps on giving. Snapfish offers a wide range of wall and table-top calendars and you can start them from any month.. Our newest calendar addition is re-usable year after year – you just buy new calendar refills printed with your latest pictorial memories.

Create custom 2022 calendars with photos and text - even highlight key dates

New for 2021: Wood Block Easel Calendars

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Photo mugs are the perfect “go-to” Christmas gift. Our mugs come in a range of sizes and colours. You can print one picture or make a collage picture mug. We even offer a fun magic mug that only discloses the picture when hot liquid is added.

Customise mugs + water bottles with photos + text

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Photo Books

Who doesn’t love receiving a photo book as a gift? Instead of patiently sticking photos into an album, you can create a digitally printed photo book in just a few minutes. Our easy to use photo book builder guides you through the choice of book layout and designs, and even suggests book layouts based on the date your pictures were taken when you select our “autofill” option.

Create Christmas picture books with your photos

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Table, Wall + Home Décor

Home-owners and renters alike will love these decorative items for their home. Print these gifts using pictures of them, favourite landscapes or even just printed with their name and inspirational quote.

Decorate your walls with professional picture quality wall art

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Stocking Fillers

Create fun stocking fillers with Snapfish for Christmas

Make them smile on Christmas morning when they see what Santa left them. They will wonder how Santa found the perfect photo to print onto these gorgeous custom gifts and will re-live the magic of Christmas every time they use these heartfelt gifts throughout the year.

New for 2021:

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

Decorate your tree with photos of loved ones printed onto tree ornaments

Create a Christmas tradition and order unique photo tree decorations year after year to commemorate key family moments like births, weddings and deaths and all members of the family – including pets! Snapfish photo ornaments make the perfect re-usable gift tag or Christmas stocking label too!

New for 2021: Photo Bauble

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Christmas Cards

Personalise Christmas cards with printed messages and photos

Make Christmas more magical with unique, hand-crafted, photo greeting cards this Christmas. Just upload favourite photos and add text, or create custom designs using our pre-built card templates and address labels.

New for 2021:

Need help crafting the Christmas card message?

For more tips on how to create the perfect, custom Christmas greeting card,  read our How To blog article.

What will you gift this Christmas? Be sure to show it to us on social media! You can tag us with @snapfishuk in your photos on Instagram or Facebook or use the hashtag #snapfishuk. Don’t forget to follow us on YouTubeTwitter and Pinterest, too. Check out the Snapfish site for even more new Christmas gift ideas your friends and family will love.