Overdraft Friendly, No Stress Christmas Shopping tips

Christmas shopping is stressful enough at the best of times but this year, thanks to lockdown, there’s less time to visit the shops, more competition for online delivery slots and far less money in the bank for many of us. Do you have a creeping feeling of dread that your budget just won’t cut it when it comes to creating a memorable Christmas?  Are you completely out of ideas? Read on for a Christmas shopping strategy to keep you in control and minimise your stress.

I don’t know about you but these are the typical thoughts running through my head at this time of year:

  • So-and-so never likes anything I buy… what should I do?
  • The kids keep changing their minds about what to put on their lists!
  • What to get for the person who already has everything?
  • How can I get all of my shopping done when I have no time as it is?
  • What should I buy for teachers, bus drivers, babysitters, the postman?

And of course, on the minds of just about every holiday gift-giver:

  •  How will I manage not to go broke this year?!

The best way to reduce Christmas gift-giving (and receiving) stress is to be upfront about what’s going to happen. Before a solid plan can click into place, there needs to be a frank discussion. Sit down with your immediate and extended family. Or, initiate an email conversation if that feels less awkward for you.

Ask questions like,

  • How much should we agree to spend per person this year?
  • Are we doing gifts for the adults in the family or just the kids?
  • What about a Secret Santa Grab Bag? This is a fun way to reduce the number of gifts to buy at Christmas time.

Something for Everyone

One good solution for Christmas is to come up with a theme that reduces the amount of factory-made, shop-purchased “stuff” that everyone is so tired of receiving year after year only to see it break after a few uses.

“Experience gifts” could be a great solution for the family who enjoys spending quality time or travelling together. Instead of sweaters and toys, you can plan a family outing, such as a museum trip, or themed event, like a hockey game.

Adults might opt to swap smaller, thoughtful gifts like a photo collage or picture mug, knitted mittens or a cosy throw for the sofa.

Gift certificates to things like a massage therapy session, pottery lesson, cigar bar, or golf outing could make a fun and exciting Christmas present for the avid hobbyist in your life.

Wine or beer and a set of glasses, or food gift baskets (could be homemade, could be store-bought) make nice gifts for the holiday host and hostess.

Teachers’ gifts can be homemade to save money, and you can do a bulk prep night if you’re crafty or handy. Think candle pouring, essential oil-based homemade soaps, or hand-painted votive holders. If you’re not the maker type, how about a gift card for Krispy Kreme or Starbucks? Coffee and tea are always well received, and won’t break the bank.

Being on the Gift Receiving End Can be Stressful, Too

How to handle gifts that you can’t use, so you won’t end up giving the gift-giver the wrong impression, and be looking at a decade or more of fuzzy slippers which you never did like, year after year?

Be grateful but honest. Timing may be the key as well. You may not want to blurt in the middle of the family gift exchange, “Oh, boy, ANOTHER year, another bad tie!”

But after some time has passed, you might gently explain to the gift giver that the tie (or whatever it was) isn’t quite your style, and you can ask if someone else in the family can make better use of it.

Another solution for less-than-ideal gifts is to stash them in a box in the attic and file under “regift.” We get enough invites in our lives that this hopefully won’t be an issue, as long as you circulate the gift into a different social circle. (If grandma gives you an ugly sweater that you really can’t stand, better to give it to a friend or use it at the office grab bag party, then wrap and give to your sister).

Avoid giving and receiving unappreciated or unwanted gifts in the first place by initiating an open up-front discussion about who needs/wants what this year.

You might learn that your £50 is better spent on a new shaving kit for your hubby than that scarf and hat set that you planned to spend knitting (which would have itched him anyway).

How to handle the tough topic of Christmas gifts and Santa, with kids?

First, have your children make a firm decision on what they’d like to see on their Christmas wish list this year. Tackle the task early, so that you can be sure the items are in stock. Explain to the children that Santa’s toy shop does run out of merchandise, and if we don’t put your order in they might miss out on getting what they want. “Mail” their lists to Santa right away, so they won’t be tempted to make changes.

One idea is to have your child list 2 or 3 big-ticket items, plus an assortment of smaller-sized (read: lower-priced) gifts. Explain to your kids that no matter how good they were, Santa can’t always make the ultimate gift happen for every child.

Staying Within Your Holiday Gift-Giving Budget

If you’re concerned about the holiday budget, you should be. People tend to go wild with spending at this impulsive, generosity tinged time of year.

Remember also, though, that time equals money. You might be tempted to try and break down the doors for those rock-bottom toy deals… but at the expense of what or whom else in your life?

If you feel uncomfortable driving to the shopping centre in bad weather or after dark, then don’t try to be a hero. You can avoid a potential car accident, or a panic attack from trying to accomplish one too many tasks all in one day, simply by ordering Christmas gifts online, paying a bit more and splurging on shipping.

Another way to tame the gift-giving budget this year is by penny-pinching some other aspect of your life. Worried about money? Give up your takeaway pizza or Chinese this month. Or, find creative ways to make a little money to lavish on family and friends.

House cleaning, odd jobs, and setting up small gifts to sell, like hand-painted picture frames, could help you increase the balance of your bank account before you head out to shop for presents.

What about stress around receiving gifts?

To avoid stress when giving and receiving holiday gifts, approach with an open mind, open heart, and laid-back attitude. If someone gives you something you really don’t care for, don’t sweat it. These days, we’re never too far from a donation bin, and if the person doesn’t see you with their gift in the future, maybe they’ll take the hint.

If the person who never seems to appreciate your carefully selected Christmas present for them, just shrug your shoulders and realize this is just one day in a long year, which will be over before we know it.

Helpful links:

Tips To Make Sure You Don’t Break The Bank This Christmas

8 Ways To Save Cash For Christmas Now

Brilliant Ideas For A Creative Family Christmas Card

Christmas Shopping? 8 Ways To Keep Your Cool

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187 Comments

  1. Caroles
    15 December, 2019 / 11:43 pm

    To go to the gym regularly

  2. Violet Perkins Phillippo
    15 December, 2019 / 11:09 pm

    To be more assertive about making decisions!

  3. Emma England
    15 December, 2019 / 10:42 pm

    My New Years resolution is to be more active and save more, spend less.

  4. Tee Simpson
    15 December, 2019 / 10:03 pm

    I aim to volunteer more

  5. Laura Findlay
    15 December, 2019 / 9:43 pm

    To cut down and live a healthier life after pigging out at Christmas x

  6. Kelly Hirst
    15 December, 2019 / 9:43 pm

    My new year resolution is to spend more time with my mum

  7. Naomi Williams
    15 December, 2019 / 8:52 pm

    To lose some weight and be more active

  8. Sarah Roberts
    15 December, 2019 / 8:24 pm

    To cut back on sweet stuff like biscuits and cakes…..mmmmm Cake!!

  9. Zoey H
    15 December, 2019 / 8:21 pm

    To stress less about stuff I cannot control and focus on stuff I can

  10. CAROL PATRICK
    15 December, 2019 / 6:27 pm

    My New Year’s resolution will be to try to lose a little more weight.

  11. Tracy B
    15 December, 2019 / 4:39 pm

    I’m not making any this year because I don’t want to feel like a failure when I don’t keep them but I will try to get a bit fitter and healthier

  12. Cathryn Crawshaw
    15 December, 2019 / 3:36 pm

    finally lose the baby weight

  13. Denise walton
    15 December, 2019 / 3:15 pm

    To get a bit more healthy

  14. Sandra Fortune
    15 December, 2019 / 1:47 pm

    Aiming to keep as healthy as possible

  15. Mrs Rachael Sexey
    15 December, 2019 / 1:20 pm

    To lose some weight

  16. Mel Pennie
    15 December, 2019 / 12:40 pm

    To complete the ‘Walk a 1000 Miles’ challenge. Haven’t managed it this year but am certainly aiming for it next as it will help me lose some more weight!

  17. Jeanette Leighton
    15 December, 2019 / 12:16 pm

    I’m not making any this year because I never keep them

  18. Adrian Bold
    15 December, 2019 / 11:56 am

    My resolution is to use my car less and my bike more.

  19. Lesley Cohen Wright
    15 December, 2019 / 11:08 am

    To live each day as fully as possible

  20. Jo Hutchings
    15 December, 2019 / 10:26 am

    To walk an average of 10000 steps every day.

  21. paula cheadle
    15 December, 2019 / 10:15 am

    I don’t make any, has I never stick to them

  22. Donna W
    15 December, 2019 / 7:45 am

    It’s a big wedding anniversary this year so my resolution is to get back into shape and try to get somewhere near my size when I got married. I’d love to try on my dress again, it’s beautiful and I felt amazing in it!!

  23. Natalie Gillham
    15 December, 2019 / 6:31 am

    I would like to stop smoking in the new year so have signed up to a stop smoking service at my local hospital. Thanks for the chance to win x

  24. Troy Easton
    14 December, 2019 / 11:25 pm

    Start going back to the gym.

  25. Patricia Avery
    14 December, 2019 / 7:09 pm

    To worry less about things I cannot have any influence on

  26. Sheri Darby
    14 December, 2019 / 7:05 pm

    I plan to go for a daily walk

  27. Rebecca Mercer
    14 December, 2019 / 6:46 pm

    To start believing in myself

  28. Marie Pomeroy
    14 December, 2019 / 4:08 pm

    To get fitter

  29. Allison Sherwood
    14 December, 2019 / 1:22 pm

    I’m not making one, I’m just going to continue with everything I achieved last year such as quitting smoking and losing weight.

  30. donna l jones
    14 December, 2019 / 1:04 pm

    to try and be more patient

  31. jo liddement
    14 December, 2019 / 12:38 pm

    I have made a list of all the d.i.y jobs to do inside the house and am determined to finish all of them next year.

  32. Ayten
    14 December, 2019 / 11:39 am

    My NYR is to be more sociable! This year I have really focused on myself to better my mental health. I’ve had to distance myself from family and friends, stick to a daily routine and just take care of myself in the tiny details of each day. It’s been a “comfort zone”, but in the new year, I want to push out of it, be more spontaneous, and be around others more ❤️

  33. Victoria Easton
    14 December, 2019 / 10:50 am

    Get my shoulder mended and try to decorate the whole house!

  34. Claire Willmer
    13 December, 2019 / 9:08 pm

    To find myself a hobby.

  35. Edward Guerreiro
    13 December, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    I’m going to try and quit vaping.

  36. Gemma Hendry
    13 December, 2019 / 4:25 pm

    My new years resolution will be to get my health concerns with my ms in order in hopes to have a second child by 2021

  37. lynn neal
    13 December, 2019 / 1:14 pm

    I will try to improve my fitness levels!

  38. Kat Allinson
    12 December, 2019 / 10:33 pm

    To enjoy every day and spend more time with my family

  39. Anthea Holloway
    12 December, 2019 / 6:05 pm

    Mine is to grow more vegetables and eat less meat!

  40. Michaela Turner
    12 December, 2019 / 5:59 am

    I want to try and be more savvy with my money in the new year

  41. Marie Powell
    11 December, 2019 / 8:55 pm

    To eat more healthy and cut out sugar

  42. Carole Nott
    11 December, 2019 / 12:53 pm

    Stop making resolutions that I dont keep!

  43. lorraine kirk
    10 December, 2019 / 11:37 am

    I’d just like to eat more healthily and get out walking more often

  44. Michelle Tinsley
    9 December, 2019 / 10:18 pm

    To get a lovely new job.

  45. James Travis
    9 December, 2019 / 10:08 pm

    Lose more weight and try something new

  46. Christine Caple
    9 December, 2019 / 1:48 pm

    It will be the same as usual, to declutter my house!

  47. Julia Kerr
    9 December, 2019 / 12:17 am

    I want to reduce the pressure on myself and the expectations I have of myself, and give myself time to get through all the things I never get chance to, some that I want to do and others that I need to do

  48. Adele Knight
    8 December, 2019 / 9:31 pm

    To finally transfer all our old home videos on to dvd, I bought the machine to do it ten years ago!

  49. claire woods
    8 December, 2019 / 4:28 pm

    do more exercise

  50. melanie stirling
    8 December, 2019 / 3:24 pm

    My life has been hold for a long time so next year I want to travel more.

  51. Joshua Harrison
    7 December, 2019 / 5:50 pm

    to live life to the fullest.

  52. Derek Wilson
    7 December, 2019 / 1:06 pm

    To take the stairs at work instead of the lift – I only work on the 4th floor, so it shouldn’t be too hard!

  53. Jo m welsh
    7 December, 2019 / 8:07 am

    To do more crafting and making

  54. Lia Burns
    6 December, 2019 / 1:47 am

    To pass my driving test

  55. Lindsey Martin
    5 December, 2019 / 4:21 am

    My new years resolution is going to be to get healthier. Not join a gym but eat the right foods and drink the right drinks.

  56. Gary Topley
    4 December, 2019 / 1:15 pm

    To be able to drive in 2020. Thankyou for the competition x

  57. ashleigh allan
    3 December, 2019 / 6:57 pm

    to lose weight!

  58. Amber Bloom
    2 December, 2019 / 6:17 pm

    To do more nice things for myself. To give myself rests and make myself feel good!

  59. Rebecca Beesley
    1 December, 2019 / 9:28 pm

    to stay on top of the ironing pile a bit better!!!

  60. Katrina Adams
    1 December, 2019 / 12:51 pm

    To seek discomfort more. I have gotten to used to my comfort bubble so to speak and I want to get out of that and have more adventures by saying yes to new things and doing things that challenge me.

  61. 29 November, 2019 / 8:01 am

    My new year’s resolution is to stay on top of my finances and not waste money!

  62. Emma Byford
    28 November, 2019 / 6:50 pm

    Be better at planning my time each week so I can be more productive!

  63. Laura Bryant
    28 November, 2019 / 3:49 pm

    Be the best mum I can be to my 2 week old baby boy

  64. Emma Walton
    28 November, 2019 / 2:26 pm

    To work harder on my healthy eating plan.

  65. Sarah-Jane Carter
    28 November, 2019 / 2:10 pm

    I want to save more money next year x

  66. Julie Ward
    27 November, 2019 / 5:50 pm

    I never make them because I don’t keep them

  67. Lynne Jarman
    26 November, 2019 / 10:22 pm

    To eat healthier

  68. Sophie Roberts
    26 November, 2019 / 3:44 pm

    To relax and stop letting little things bother me. Life is too short for things like that and I need to start realising that!

  69. Victoria Prince
    25 November, 2019 / 5:37 pm

    I honestly don’t know! I think it might be to appreciate the simple things more

  70. Julia Linsley
    24 November, 2019 / 6:06 pm

    To be healthier and to walk more – Be more active generally

  71. Claire Nutman
    24 November, 2019 / 11:09 am

    To overcome past pain and regain confidence…..

  72. Ashleigh
    24 November, 2019 / 9:53 am

    To be healthier.

  73. Michael K
    23 November, 2019 / 1:30 pm

    Lose weight!

  74. Ani Costa
    23 November, 2019 / 9:57 am

    My resolution will be to save more and spend less!

  75. Amy Bondoc
    23 November, 2019 / 9:20 am

    to stop eating so much junk food

  76. Joanie B
    22 November, 2019 / 9:16 pm

    Stay positive and not sweat the small stuff

  77. Lynne OConnor
    22 November, 2019 / 7:21 pm

    To stick closer to my exercise regime. I’ve lapsed on and off over the last few months

  78. blondie
    22 November, 2019 / 7:12 pm

    keep eating healthy and losing a bit of weight

  79. Stephanie Keill
    22 November, 2019 / 7:07 am

    To maintain a healthy diet.

  80. ellie spider
    21 November, 2019 / 10:16 pm

    i dont make new years resolutions as i never keep them

  81. Hannah Rowley
    21 November, 2019 / 6:12 pm

    To lose weight

  82. Charlotte H
    20 November, 2019 / 6:31 pm

    To drink more water. I’ve failed miserably this year!!

  83. Susan Crosswaite
    20 November, 2019 / 4:53 pm

    To try to stop worrying about the future and enjoy the present

  84. Helen Tovell
    20 November, 2019 / 4:53 pm

    I don’t make them to ensure i don’t break them

  85. Louise A
    20 November, 2019 / 2:58 pm

    To stop eating chocolate!

  86. Karen Usher
    20 November, 2019 / 2:32 pm

    To try and do more on weekends when I dont have work!

  87. Claire Sarcone
    20 November, 2019 / 10:03 am

    I need to get more excise and eat more healthy foods. Most of all drink more water.

  88. Pam Francis Gregory
    19 November, 2019 / 9:40 pm

    To walk to work instead of driving to help with getting fit

  89. Caroline Hunter
    19 November, 2019 / 9:40 pm

    To do a bit more exercise and drink less 🙂

  90. Natalie Burgess
    19 November, 2019 / 8:46 pm

    To start meditating regularly xx

  91. Hannah Lord
    19 November, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    I need to get back in the swimming pool!

  92. Diane Carey
    19 November, 2019 / 6:00 pm

    To move house and to also have more confidence to drive to various places

  93. Helen Stratton
    19 November, 2019 / 4:09 pm

    I am at the beginning of trying to rid myself of anxiety, so hopefully I will continue on my journey of overcoming this life-crippling condition.

  94. Paula Jones
    19 November, 2019 / 1:44 pm

    The same one as last year (it’s the only resolution I’ve ever kept) to be kinder to the environment,

  95. Tina H
    19 November, 2019 / 1:27 pm

    Rather than make resolutions, I’m just going to continue with healthy eating and regular exercise.

  96. Sally Collingwood
    19 November, 2019 / 10:33 am

    To try and be more active and healthier

  97. Rebecca Sutton
    19 November, 2019 / 9:04 am

    To prevent any bad luck!! Had enough for this year!

  98. michelle o'neill
    19 November, 2019 / 5:23 am

    to travel more! and make time for fun

  99. Jenny McClinton
    18 November, 2019 / 9:50 pm

    To try and start afresh, this year has been a bad year so I need to make some changes in the new year to start feeling happier again

  100. Jayne Townson
    18 November, 2019 / 9:15 pm

    Mine will be to do a ramdom act of kindness for someone every day.

  101. Lorraine Tinsley
    18 November, 2019 / 8:56 pm

    To not worry too much about being overweight- need to enough life, but not too much!

  102. Megan Kinsey
    18 November, 2019 / 7:08 pm

    To read more than I did this year 🙂 I aimed at 24 books this year, but want to see if I can make it 30 next year.

  103. Carrie H
    18 November, 2019 / 6:29 pm

    I just want to keep up the progress I’ve made this year being more organised and on top of things.

  104. Kim M
    18 November, 2019 / 5:56 pm

    Healthier eating x

  105. Alana Walker
    18 November, 2019 / 5:55 pm

    To be more active.x

  106. christine shelley
    18 November, 2019 / 4:19 pm

    I’ll make one then it never is fulfilled , usually to be more organised this coming yeat

  107. Sue McCarthy
    18 November, 2019 / 3:44 pm

    I never make them but good luck to you all that do.

  108. Abigail Cullen
    18 November, 2019 / 3:22 pm

    To keep healthy in my keep fit regime, and remain positive.

  109. Nigel Soper
    18 November, 2019 / 3:05 pm

    My resolution is to make no new years resolutions as I know I won’t keep them…. but what if I keep this one ….?

  110. Sinead ORourke
    18 November, 2019 / 2:58 pm

    to keep saving.

  111. ADEINNE TONNER
    18 November, 2019 / 1:55 pm

    For me it will have to be to eat more healthy and eat less meat

  112. Dawn Samples
    18 November, 2019 / 1:47 pm

    I really would like to be more financially secure and have lots of savings x

  113. Tracy Newton
    18 November, 2019 / 1:44 pm

    I am going to try and relax more. I spend soo much time looking out for everyone else.

  114. Alison Johnson
    18 November, 2019 / 1:39 pm

    To spend more time taking care of myself rather than worrying about everyone else.

  115. Emma Gibson
    18 November, 2019 / 1:04 pm

    Drink more water.

  116. Emilie Williams
    18 November, 2019 / 12:25 pm

    To start running again and implement better eating habits to set a good example for my son (due in less than four weeks!)

  117. Hazel Rea
    18 November, 2019 / 12:04 pm

    I’m going to try to worry less! I’ll do my best but I don’t hold out much hope!

  118. Helen B
    18 November, 2019 / 11:55 am

    To clear all our credit card debt within 6 months

  119. Emma G
    18 November, 2019 / 11:46 am

    My resolution will be to get more exercise

  120. baba
    18 November, 2019 / 11:43 am

    to try and be more healthier and more positive

  121. olivia Kirby
    18 November, 2019 / 11:39 am

    I never make them, I find it more depressing when you inevitably break them so don’t other

  122. Joanne Ahmed
    18 November, 2019 / 11:35 am

    I’ll be honest, I don’t normally make them but I will promise myself to continue swimming <3

  123. Amelia
    18 November, 2019 / 11:28 am

    To try and live a healthier life being recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic. I’m not overweight, but intend to watch my carbs and exercise more x

  124. Jodie Green
    18 November, 2019 / 11:26 am

    I don’t tend to make any, but I do have plans to finish decorating all the house and get our loft conversion done!

  125. belinda porter
    18 November, 2019 / 11:23 am

    to be clutter free i started doing the kon marie of the joy of tidying up but need to start again

  126. Lisa
    18 November, 2019 / 11:20 am

    My New Year’s resolution is to stress less! I bet it won’t happen!

  127. Kerry C
    18 November, 2019 / 11:08 am

    Try and live life in the day, one day at a time!

  128. Rachael Simmons
    18 November, 2019 / 11:06 am

    Move out of my parents home, again! Been saving for 5 years since my divorce to gain my independence back

  129. Helen R
    18 November, 2019 / 10:45 am

    Learn a new skill and cook from scratch more.

  130. Hilda Wright
    18 November, 2019 / 10:29 am

    I don’t make them really. I prefer to try to make improvements on an ongoing basis!

  131. Christine Lockley
    18 November, 2019 / 10:26 am

    To be happier, healthier and learn to crochet

  132. ValB
    18 November, 2019 / 10:23 am

    To continue to take a daily walk – great exercise and fresh air

  133. Ursula Hunt
    18 November, 2019 / 10:10 am

    I want to lose weight off my stomach

  134. Julie Scattergood
    18 November, 2019 / 10:05 am

    To enjoy more of the simple things in life

  135. emma c
    18 November, 2019 / 9:49 am

    more excerise !

  136. Ruth Harwood
    18 November, 2019 / 8:02 am

    To not make any resolutions I’m unlikely to keep!!

  137. Rachel
    18 November, 2019 / 7:11 am

    stick to eating healthy!

  138. Jayne Wilson
    18 November, 2019 / 5:56 am

    To be kinder to myself and learn to say no

  139. DANIELLE V
    17 November, 2019 / 11:38 pm

    Be kinder to myself and to try and stop stressing!

  140. 17 November, 2019 / 10:44 pm

    To eat five pieces of fruit or veg a day ! 🙂

  141. Mark R
    17 November, 2019 / 10:03 pm

    To make time to get out walking in the Lakes more regularly

  142. Ellen Stafford
    17 November, 2019 / 9:56 pm

    To lose weight so I can have my gallbladder removed.

  143. Caroline Tinsley
    17 November, 2019 / 9:26 pm

    I’ve not even thought about it but I more than likely won’t bother. I tend to make changes when I feel something isn’t going well as I’m more likely to stick to it then rather than at New Year.

  144. Kelly Wheelhouse
    17 November, 2019 / 8:47 pm

    Mine is to not get so stressed over silly little things

  145. donna skelton
    17 November, 2019 / 8:41 pm

    get healthy, save more money and get home decorated

  146. Gillian Hitchen
    17 November, 2019 / 6:49 pm

    Pretty much always to exercise/lose weight and read more books!

  147. Alice Gilkes
    17 November, 2019 / 6:02 pm

    My new year’s resolution for 2020 would be to cut down on the amount of salt that I consume.

  148. William Gould
    17 November, 2019 / 5:29 pm

    We don’t make resolutions at New Year as such, but do constantly review things throughout the year, at 2 or 3 monthly intervals.

  149. Lindsey Stuart
    17 November, 2019 / 5:17 pm

    To stop being such a people pleaser.

  150. Katie
    17 November, 2019 / 5:15 pm

    I want to eat healthier

  151. Charlotte G
    17 November, 2019 / 4:42 pm

    I want to do more exercise & drink more water

  152. Donna Loxton
    17 November, 2019 / 4:37 pm

    To have a good clear up of my house.

  153. Tanya
    17 November, 2019 / 3:07 pm

    To appreciate how lucky I am in my life!

  154. Fiona Rennie
    17 November, 2019 / 3:01 pm

    To only buy things we really need and start trying to save

  155. 17 November, 2019 / 2:29 pm

    I expect it will be the same as always – not to buy any new craft supplies apart from replacing essentials as they are used up. And as always, I’ll not make it to the end of January before I break it – although I’ll try to beat last year’s failure date of January 2nd.

  156. Fiona jk42
    17 November, 2019 / 2:23 pm

    my new year’s resolution will be to continue to take a walk daily, and to exercise 3 times a week.

  157. Susie Wilkinson
    17 November, 2019 / 1:43 pm

    To give myself a kick up the proverbial and get on with life!

  158. Joyce W
    17 November, 2019 / 1:14 pm

    To continue to declutter my house and to not buy anything else until it is done

  159. Marie Evans
    17 November, 2019 / 11:08 am

    Well every year I make one & then fail somewhat but I have nearly lol kept last yrs going so I am going to carry that one over this coming year.
    Be more Optimistic! Always being a glass half empty kinda gal but I’m trying lol.

  160. Margaret Clarkson
    17 November, 2019 / 8:27 am

    Not sure yet!

  161. Linda Ford
    17 November, 2019 / 8:09 am

    I want to be able to budget better and save more!

  162. Priscilla stubbs
    17 November, 2019 / 7:11 am

    I need to put myself first more often and learn to say no once in a while

  163. 17 November, 2019 / 12:22 am

    You know what, I haven’t thought of one yet. I have already kind of changed my lifestyle a bit in the past few months for better health and that would usually be the type of thing I would say. Hmm, I think maybe I need to try and be a bit more social. I find it hard to make friends, I let my disability hold me back and make me more awkward than necessary and it leaves me lonely and unhappy sometimes. I need to gain some confidence!

  164. Shelley Jessup
    16 November, 2019 / 11:41 pm

    To say out loud something positive about myself every day in the morning before the day starts & before bed to say out loud what my best part of the day was.

  165. Nikki Hayes
    16 November, 2019 / 11:31 pm

    I don’t make New Year’s resolutions any more as I never used to stick to them anyway – would probably be something like “eat less junk” 😀

  166. Anthony Harrington
    16 November, 2019 / 11:09 pm

    my resolution will be the same as every year, to not stress and worry so much, no doubt it will only last a very short while again!

  167. Margaret Gallagher
    16 November, 2019 / 10:59 pm

    Self care – seem to have lost me somewhere this year – time to rebalance life

  168. Nadia Josephine
    16 November, 2019 / 8:54 pm

    My resolution is to be more active and learn a new skill

  169. Susan Smith
    16 November, 2019 / 8:41 pm

    To lose weight, ready for my friends wedding

  170. Lisa Rowsell
    16 November, 2019 / 7:57 pm

    To be kinder to myself.

  171. MARIA ROGERS
    16 November, 2019 / 7:49 pm

    To get my blog up and running, no more excuses!

  172. Amanda tanner
    16 November, 2019 / 7:19 pm

    I never make any as I always break them within weeks. My normal one is to cut back on alcohol but that never happens

  173. Jade P
    16 November, 2019 / 6:45 pm

    I have a list. To give up smoking, to seriously save for a deposit for a mortgage and to exercise properly and sort out my diet!

  174. Susan B
    16 November, 2019 / 6:21 pm

    Get some decorating done is at the top of my ist.

  175. Catherine S
    16 November, 2019 / 6:07 pm

    To get back into shape

  176. Iain maciver
    16 November, 2019 / 6:07 pm

    lose weight

  177. Julia Bradshaw
    16 November, 2019 / 6:02 pm

    To visit my mother more often & take her out.

  178. Annabel Greaves
    16 November, 2019 / 5:54 pm

    I would love to have a new career

  179. Sheena Batey
    16 November, 2019 / 5:29 pm

    To exercise and tone more

  180. Pauline Dring
    16 November, 2019 / 5:19 pm

    To complete the 1,000 mile challenge earlier than I did this year

  181. Allan
    16 November, 2019 / 4:52 pm

    To continue with my not drinking alcohol 7 months now

  182. Solange
    16 November, 2019 / 4:44 pm

    To stop with all the fizzy drinks.

  183. Andrea Upton
    16 November, 2019 / 4:18 pm

    Lose weight, get fit!

  184. Tracy Nixon
    16 November, 2019 / 4:16 pm

    I seriously never make any!

  185. Peter Watson
    16 November, 2019 / 3:50 pm

    The same resolution as last year,to lose weight.

  186. Mrs C
    16 November, 2019 / 3:47 pm

    To appreciate everyday and be thankful for the smallest things, even on the hardest of days

  187. bev
    16 November, 2019 / 3:44 pm

    Enjoy life to the full!

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