Hitting the shops to do your Christmas shopping this week? Stockland’s Ben Allen shares his top tips for a stress-free Christmas shopping experience.

1. Make lists
Plan your gift and food shopping by making lists and include the store details you need to purchase them from. This will help plan which stores you need to visit and avoid multiple trips to the shopping centre.

2. Plan a budget
Have a budget in mind and keep a record of your purchases to try and minimise unconscious over-spending.

3. Shop sooner rather than later
To avoid the last-minute rush, make your first trip sooner rather than later.

4. …or hit the shops at night
If shopping earlier is unavoidable, take advantage of the extended trading hours in the last week before Christmas.

5. It’s not a bloodsport!
Rest and refuel during your shopping trips. A coffee or lunch break will help clear your mind and rest your legs.

6. Multi-task
Check with your local butcher or supermarket whether you need to order your turkey or ham by a certain date.

Are you an early Christmas shopper or do you leave it to the last minute?