Five ways to stress less this silly season

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Five ways to stress less this silly season

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It’s a time of rest and relaxation, of exchanging gifts – and of feeling happy and jolly.

Unfortunately, with so many people to buy for, and so little time (or so it seems) to do it in, many of us can wind up feeling really tired and stressed out – which isn’t exactly what the Christmas spirit is all about, is it?

Let’s make it easier, shall we? Below you’ll find out all about special Christmas opening hours, where you can get free delivery, stores with complimentary gift wrapping – and all the juicy little extras you can look forward to.

RELAX, TAKE IT SLOW: enjoy longer opening hours
Don’t rush from work to the shops, look out for special, longer opening hours in the lead-up to Christmas from these major retailers…

– View David Jones Christmas opening hours.
– Check out MYER Christmas opening hours.
– Note down Tuesday 20 December in your diaries – as most Westfield shopping centres Australia-wide are open until midnight for your Christmas-shopping convenience.

FORGET THE HARD GRAFT: take advantage of complimentary gift-wrapping
Stop fiddling with hard-to-wrap presents! Take the pain out of gift-wrapping this Christmas and let the shops do the hard graft for you. Discover where you can take advantage of free gift-wrapping…

Estée Lauder is offering complimentary gift wrapping when you purchase from its online store, right here…
– Go in-store or online to take advantage of L’Occitane’s gorgeous complimentary gift-wrapping.
– When you purchase a Jo Malone gift this Christmas you can expect it gift wrapped in the iconic Jo Malone box trimmed with silver ribbon.
The Body Shop also offers complimentary gift-wrapping – so don’t forget to ask for it!

STRESS LESS ABOUT MONEY: choose gifts with free shipping
Don’t get caught out paying huge delivery fees for your Christmas gifts; check out the retailers that offer complimentary delivery this Christmas…

– MYER is currently offering free shipping in the lead-up to Christmas.
– When you shop at the Jo Malone online store, you can enjoy free shipping, plus two fragrance samples of your choice!
La Prairie is offering La Prairie product trials to take home and complimentary gift wrapping to customers to make a purchase.
– Enjoy free shipping on all orders before 19 December when you purchase gifts from the Estée Lauder online store.

GET HAPPY: with much-needed shopping assistance
Need some inspiration or a little pampering while you shop? There are plenty of ways to make your Christmas shopping an absolute breeze.

– Why not try out the Westfield gift finder? Not only can you shop by budget, but once you’ve indicated who you’re buying for,  you can even search for gifts by personality type. Cool, eh?
La Prairie is offering weary shoppers the opportunity to indulge in complimentary Skin Caviar hand and arm massages at participating David Jones La Prairie counters. This pampering pit stop also offers complimentary skin consultations and La Prairie product trials.
– Struggling to find the perfect gift for that person in your life who is impossible to buy for? Jump onto the David Jones website and choose a bulging hamper to suit any budget!
– On the hunt for Kris Kringle gifts to suit your $25 budget? MYER can help…

KEEP CALM: chill out and carry on
If you’re all stressed and wound up from running around trying to get sorted in time for Christmas, why not take the time to chill out after your shopping marathon? We recommend jumping in the shower with Apivita Relaxing Bath & Shower Gel with Honey & Vanilla. This pampering bath buddy features vanilla and ylang ylang essential oils to help leave you calm and relaxed.

Stockist: Apivita Relaxing Bath & Shower Gel with Honey & Vanilla, $32.90, www.apivita.com.au

What is your favourite way to stress less at Christmas time? Which service do you think is the most useful when you’re Christmas shopping?

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