With Christmas just around the corner, now's the time to tick off all the holiday essentials. From cooking to decking the halls to shopping, we’ve listed everything in one handy Christmas checklist. Getting organised is key to ensuring that you can relax and enjoy the festive season to the fullest.

Here are our Christmas tips to get ahead before Santa starts ringing his sleigh bells.

Six weeks to go
Blue and pink wrapped gift box

Write to-do lists

Setting a budget and writing a Christmas to-do list will clear your mind and simplify the whole process. Creating separate lists for food, décor and gifts will help you to stay on track as you shop.

Shop for Christmas cards and wrapping paper

One of the advantages of shopping for Christmas cards and wrapping paper ahead of time is that you can choose from the new range as soon as it hits the shelves. If you prefer browsing online, add a few extras to the cart for those inevitable last-minute cards and gifts.

Make your guests feel at home

If you’re expecting guests this holiday season, make sure that you have enough towels and bed linen for regular replenishment and write a Christmas shopping list to ensure that your fridge is stocked up with their favourite food and drinks.

Four weeks to go
Decorated Christmas tree beside ornate feature fireplace

Deck the halls

It’s time to untangle the fairy lights and dust off the tinsel as the Christmas countdown officially commences. Do a check to see if there's anything that needs to be replaced – then start decorating to create a magical holiday ambience.


Start your shopping

From gift cards and vouchers to lifelong keepsakes, it’s time to get ahead of schedule and start tackling your gift wish list. This period happily coincides with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the most famous shopping days of the year that promise stellar deals. Make the most of those to treat your loved ones to something extra-special for a fraction of the cost.


Three weeks to go
Candlelit scene with Christmas stockings hung above fireplace

Gift wrap the presents

Start wrapping your gifts and writing cards now to avoid any last-minute panic in the eleventh hour leading up to Christmas Day. If you've got different sets of guests at different times, store them separately to save rummaging for the right ones.

Go Christmas tree hunting

Nothing says ‘it’s Christmas’ quite like the sight and smell of a pine tree welcoming you home. Put an evening aside to decorate it – carol singing mandatory – and begin to pile up the presents.

Order the turkey

Place your order in early for a turkey or ham, so you can relax in the knowledge that your mouth-watering Christmas lunch is on track.

Two weeks to go
House of Fraser gift card in wallet

Purchase stocking fillers

With just two weeks to go until the 25th, now is the time to tick off the final bits and bobs on your checklist. Start by thinking about possible stocking fillers and create a selection of small gifts for your final Christmas shopping list.


One week to go
Female in white jumper holding silver bauble

Spruce up your home

Time to give your house extra attention and make sure the focus is firmly on the festive décor. Do a headcount on crockery, glasses and chairs if you're hosting a Christmas meal.

Stock up on extra food

Now is the time to stock up on extra groceries to store in the pantry so that you're always prepared for surprise visits from friends or relatives.

Bake and freeze

Get ahead of the game by preparing batter for festive treats in advance. Set aside an afternoon for mixing and freeze the mixtures so that everything is on hand when it’s time to start baking.

Christmas Eve
Christmas turkey and trimmings

Prepare a few side dishes

Use this time to prepare a few side dishes that won’t spoil overnight, ensuring fewer things to do on Christmas day.

Defrost the turkey

Play it safe and allow your bird 24 hours in the fridge so you're all set for the big day.

Christmas Day
White dining table set up with feature fireplace

Now, the only thing to do is relax. Sit back and enjoy a celebratory drink with your loved ones for a job well done. It’s time to get merry.