For the past two months we have been blogging about toys and of course the odd Christmas blog hasn't gone amiss. It’s been a long build-up to the biggest day of the year, particularly for children. But now Christmas is literally a few days away and the question is; are you ready?
It’s been a busy month for us here at Wicken Toys, so we had to prepare ourselves for the rush in advance, but for the parents out there still teetering on the brink of Christmas Day without having picked up all their presents, we know how stressful it can get. You are probably so rushed off your feet you don’t even have time to read this!
So what’s our best advice we can give for you?
First of all – breathe!
You need to relax. The Christmas rush is one of the busiest times of the year... anywhere. If you have been unlucky enough to have been in London recently you probably got caught up in the craziness on Oxford Street or in Piccadilly, on the tubes or the buses, above and below. It’s manic, it’s a panic, it’s every man and woman for themselves. It’s like a scene out of Jingle All the Way (a surprisingly and scarily accurate depiction of parents on Christmas Eve).
But do not be too frightened. This isn’t our first rodeo at Christmas – we know how to navigate these problems.
One option is to know exactly what it is that your kids want and to perform a Google search of all the places in your area that have shops which supply what you are looking for. Make up a list and know where you need to go. The worst thing is when you are not sure about what it is you need to get or where to go. Casual browsing during the Christmas rush is nigh on impossible, at least doing it casually anyway. Know your toys and know the shops you need to get to in order to get them!
A second option is even simpler... order online! Wicken Toys has been receiving online orders for outdoor toys for a long time and we find it is the most effective way to avoid the heavy, heaving streets in the last few days lead up to Christmas Day. Of course, you have to order in advance by at least two days in order to guarantee delivery on time. There are always order options with any online toy supplier, so if you need specific times and dates something can always be arranged for your convenience.
Just don’t panic. There is still time and you'll still have options. Just be prepared and be sensible. Don’t get caught up in the hysterical pandemic that is the Christmas shopping rush. While everyone else is running around, you can be sitting down at home with a nice cup of tea with your feet up and your cupboards fully stocked with those presents.