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Going Home For Christmas: To Do List

Christmas is once again upon us! The trees are up, decorations at the ready and you are presumably thinking about going home for Christmas. Before you pack your bags or start fantasising about your mothers Christmas pudding, there are some crucial things to remember.

Make sure you have everything on this list covered so you can unwind, stuff your face and saviour this magical time of year.

  • Make sure you are up to date on work 
  • No need to over pack 
  • Don’t forget to pack all your presents 
  • Turn everything off
  • Empty your fridge
  • Be cyber-safe when leaving
  • Forget about work for a few days
  • Try not to become a complete slob
  • One last check before going home for Christmas

Make sure you are up to date on work

As exciting as it can seem to be finishing work for the Christmas period, you should still try to stay ahead of your responsibilities. No one wants to spend Christmas stressing out about reports when we should only be worrying about eating our body-weight in turkey.  

We can’t think of anything worse than returning to work with a week-long hangover, and finding yourself buried under a pile of work. Getting ahead will allow you to go home for Christmas and have a truly relaxing time.

No need to over pack 

How much to pack before going home for Christmas ultimately depends on how much time off you get. Whether you get a few days or a few weeks off, be sure to bear in mind that there will be a washing machine where you are going. With this in mind, do you need to take your whole wardrobe home for Christmas? 

You will be especially thankful for this tip when you are watching an army of poor souls dragging their suitcases through busy stations. By packing less, you will be the envy of everyone on your carriage. 

Don’t forget to pack all your presents

In stark contrast to the previous tip, we are now encouraging you to load up your luggage. Although, rather than filling up your baggage with clothes you don’t require, why not load it full of presents you’ve bought friends and family.

Make sure you make a note of everything you buy with a gift list. If not, you could end up forgetting grannies gift, and what a disaster that would be. Travelling back to collect it might not be an option, and posting it later may be expensive. So, if you take one thing from this list, remember your gifts!

Turn everything off

With so much spinning around in your mind before going home for Christmas, be sure to remember to switch everything off! Central heating? Off. Lights? Off. Wifi? Off.

The last thing you want when you return home is a mountain of scary bills on the floor when no one has even been home over Christmas. Worse yet, imagine getting to your family home and having a sudden panic that you have left the gas on the cooker and you are 150 miles away.

Empty your fridge

No one wants to return home after a pleasant, relaxing Christmas to find a carton of milk that’s spoilt and looks more like a carton of cheddar. Make sure you completely empty your fridge before returning home for Christmas. If not, the smell that will greet you on your return will be revolting. You may find yourself spending all of next year trying to get rid of it.

Be cyber-safe when leaving

One common mistake people make when returning home for Christmas is they post about their trip on social media. We can’t stress this enough: DO NOT announce online that your house will be empty for days, maybe weeks. 

Christmas time is one of the busiest years for burglaries because the criminals know people go home. Try not to make it easier for them by letting the world know you won’t be there. 

Forget about work for a few days

Christmas is a magical time of year, so relax and enjoy being back home. Try to wash any impending deadline or reports that need to be in for the new year.  

Set aside a few days between Christmas and New Year to go over anything bothering you, if it makes you feel better. Still, make sure you are not distracted and enjoy your quality time with family. After all, you may not get a chance to see them again for a while, and don’t want waste your Christmas fretting about work. 

Try not to become a complete slob 

We all know how easy it to return home for Christmas and turn into a clone of our teenage self. Just because your adoring parents are happy to have you back, it does not mean you have free licence to do nothing at all.

Try to make every effort to fall back in line with how your parents want you to behave at home. You have no doubt both changed slightly in your time away. In this case, just wash your dishes, clean your dirty pants and don’t expect your parents to wait on you hand and foot. 

One last check before going home for Christmas

Just before you go home for Christmas, double-check you have all your essential bits and pieces. These include your purse or wallet, train tickets, laptops, presents and your mobile phone. 

It seems obvious, but with so much on your mind before returning home, it can be easy to forget trivial things. You do not want to get on the train only to find out you left your laptop with all your work saved on it. This stuff does happen, so don’t let it be you. 

Thinking about travelling home for Christmas and want a load of fresh laundry waiting for you when you return? Laundryheap can solve all your laundry pressures over the festive period.


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5 Online Shops To Buy Unique Gifts

Whether it’s for a birthday, an anniversary, or any other special occasion,  you purchase personalised and unique gifts online that you won’t find in high street retailers. 

5 Online Shops To Buy Unique Gifts

  1. Etsy 
  2. Uncommon Goods
  3. ThinkGeek
  4. PrezzyBox
  5. Firebox

Let’s find out a little bit more about these online shops shall we…

1. Etsy

Etsy is a well known E-commerce website, where you’ll find hundreds of creators and designers selling handmade and vintage goods. Items include anything from clothing and jewellery to art and decoration, and they’re at an affordable price!

How cute is this fairy night light though!

2. Uncommon Goods

Just as it’s name says, Uncommon Goods sells… uncommon goods! They have unique items crafted and designed by independent designers and artists that you’d rarely find in high-street retailers and shopping centres.

Check out their couch arm table, perfect for putting drinks, snacks, remote controls on when you don’t want to reach out all the to the table.

3. ThinkGeek

If you want to give a gift to someone who is a computer enthusiast or in to the ‘geek/nerd culture’ in terms of being a fan of comics, video games, movies etc. Then ThinkGeek is the place to shop! They cater to StarTrek ‘geeks’, Harry Potter fans, retro gamers and more!

4. Prezzybox

Prezzybox is a place to find original and innovative gifts as well as stylish home and garden furnishing. The shop caters for all types of individual interests from Disney fans to adventure seekers, you’ll be able to get personalised gifts!

5. Firebox

For a very, very unusual gift idea, Firebox is the place to check out. Do you have a friend that’s always wanted to try dragon tears whisky? or want cheese on toast popcorn? Well, you can find all that on the Firebox website!

You can also be even more innovative and pay for a laundry collection and delivery for someone as a gift. HOW? Easy, just send them a laundryheap giftcard via email and voila, their laundry day is sorted! Just make sure we serve in their area first though!

If you know/have shopped at any other unique websites, let me know in the comments section! 🙂