How to beat the Christmas stress

Skip the Christmas stress this year with our tree-topping tips.

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the busiest. With parties, shopping, decorating, baking and making to be done, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve put together a handy seasonal survival guide to help you beat the Christmas stress. Read on for our December hacks that will make this year’s a holidYAY to remember.


Park your sleigh for free

Christmas is expensive enough, so until the 9th of December you can get up to two hours parking for free when you shop at a Debenhams store (excluding Oxford street and Edinburgh).

Simply take a photo of your car parking ticket, show it to a store colleague when making a purchase & we will refund you your car parking fee. 3rd – 9th December. Click here to find the Ts and Cs. 

Nail the present-ation

Ever put your presents right under the tree, near the back, so that no-one will see your rushed wrapping? Well, not this year. This Christmas be a wrap star. Fill our gorgeous luxury gift boxes with your thoughtful gifts and place them front and centre and you’ll definitely get that #youknowyoudidgood feeling. Click here to shop the boxes.


Spend time with people who matter

Don’t feel like you have to say yes to every festive invite that comes through your letter/in-box. Your time is precious. Share your Christmas minutes with the friends and family who really mean the most to you. Whether it’s a cosy dinner for two or a stroll around a German-style market, nothing beats the Christmas stress like time with the people who make your Christmas truly magical.


Make your money go further

Every Christmas it feels like that the list of people to buy for gets longer and longer. But with our new 3-for-2 gifting offer, your festive budget will go further too. Click here to shop all 3 for 2 gifts.

Keep calm and drink gin

What’s the best way to beat the Christmas stress while shopping? Why, a gin of course! Winners of the London Dry Gin of the Year and Gin of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Gin Awards, Eden Mill, are hosting pop-up gin bars during December in forty of our stores. Visitors to our pop-up bars will be able to sip perfectly poured gin and tonics, sample and browse a wide selection of Eden Mill products and have their Christmas shopping queries solved by the experts. Click here for store listing and the full story The Debenhams pop-up gin experience.

Give the halls a fresh decking

Fiddling with broken fairy lights and trying to make mismatched baubles look good together is a surefire way to sap the fun out of putting up the decorations. Treat your home to a fresh set of decs with a clear theme for a festive refresh that will be so fun to put up, you’ll never want to take them down. Why not get the whole family together one evening, mull some wine and play the best Christmas songs for a night of unforgettable festive fun. Click here to read the full Christmas tree trend lowdown.


Make time for cosy

We’ve all got engagements and invitations coming out of our (elf) ears this month. Not to mention the festive FOMO on special Christmas moments and activities that ‘should be done’ this time of year. But we’re here to tell you that it’s okay to hang up the ice-skates and carolling outfits occasionally. Put some time in the diary with your friends and family to perfect the art of doing nothing. Schedule a movie marathon or a build a blanket fort. Whatever you do, don’t get out of your pyjamas and don’t feel any guilt, these moments of cosy togetherness will make memories to last a lifetime.

Bake it till you make it to Christmas

Find some peace away from the festive bustle in the Kitchen this December. It’s a great excuse to put your phone down and get lost in a hands-on task. Stick on some Christmas music, get the kids on mixing duty and remember what the season is really about. Here’s an amazing Christmas stress-busting cake made by a member of the Debenhams HQ team. Click here to find the recipe she used. Thank goodness calories don’t count at Christmas.

Present problem solvers

If all else fails, or if they just love to shop for themselves, you can’t go wrong with a gift card. Click here to shop gift cards online. Or give them so much more than spending power with one of our Personal Shopper experience gift cards available at till points instore. These store exclusives come with style advice from one of our specially trained experts,  your own private suite, a beauty consultation* and complimentary refreshments – all for no extra cost! Christmas – cracked.

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