The DO’s and DON’Ts of Christmas Shopping

20 Dec


I don’t consider myself an expert in the concept of Shopping. In fact, I despise shopping with every fibre of my being. And Christmas shopping is indescribably painful. I don’t like crowds, especially hordes of people pushing me around. I don’t like walking around for too long and I absolutely hate standing in queues. But shopping is something most people have to do at this time of year. For those of you who hate Christmas shopping – and even for those of you who love it – I’ve put together a shopping guide to help you make this a fun experience.


DO make it a vibe

My man and I decided that instead of going to the nearest shopping centre, we’d make the journey out to Canal Walk. It’s bigger, there are more shops (therefore more surface area and less crowds – just a theory I had), more places to rest in between shopping. We decided to make it a vibe from the minute we got in the car, by playing awesome music. If you’re a fan of Christmas carols, the drive to your Christmas shopping destination is a great time to listen to some!

Canal Walk decided that they, too, would make it a vibe. They’ve set up a fake Snow hill for the kids. It’s quite cute and there was a little part of me that wished I was small enough to fit in one of those tubes and get pushed down the hill.

DON’T be ambitious

Even if you are a pro shopper, you need to take breaks and rest in between shops. Lunch breaks can be stressful if you aren’t good with crowds, so my suggestion is to avoid all food courts. We opted for Dros, and there were few people there, which meant our food came out quicker and it was a peaceful experience.

DON’T wear new shoes

It’s a schoolboy error I make every time I go shopping. Instead of being comfortable, I chose style. That was a mistake, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes that won’t give you blisters.


DO be a planner

We failed at this, which resulted in us walking from one end to the other and back. More than once. We also managed to buy our heaviest items first so we had to carry them around for hours.

DO buy presents for other people

I had an agenda. I knew what I wanted to buy. I even made a list. Unfortunately, I left the list behind (fail planning. See above) so I ended up buying more presents for myself than for anyone else.

Coffee & Chocolate Frappé

DON’T stress if you don’t have much time

For those of us who work full time, it’s difficult to find a day to go shopping. Weekends and public holidays are usually incredibly busy, and if you’re pressed for time, it’s not ideal. Most shopping malls tend to stay open until 7pm or 8pm (Canal Walk stays open til 10pm) during this time of the year.

Another helpful tip: Shopping at 6pm on Christmas Eve is surprisingly stress free. I did that two years ago and there weren’t many people there, so I didn’t have to worry about queues or being pushed around by other people.

Dros: Bacon & Avo burger and Chicken & Cheese Sauce burger

DON’T forget where you parked

Another rookie mistake I seem to make every time I go to Canal Walk. We made a point of remembering the N2 and the picture of the lion that was painted onto the pillar next to our parking spot, but we somehow forgot which door we walked through. We ended up walking from the A section and through three parking lots – with sore, tired feet – to our car.


Wherever and whenever you decide to do your Christmas shopping, we hope it’s a pleasant experience 🙂


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