Tinsel showering the house, candy canes melting in little hands and the inescapable Jingle Bells – Christmas is already a stressful, jam-packed holiday, without the added overwhelm of navigating crowded shopping centres around gift giving time.

Indooroopilly Shopping Centre‘s resident stylist Cate Massi is sharing her secret shopper tips and the best style tricks to make shopping this Christmas a breeze.

Massi advises all of her clients to start their shopping with a key purpose. Think about what items are crucial to track down, and make a detailed list of what shops to visit.

“This plan of attack will save you valuable time and will help you stay sane and on track,” said Massi.

Next, plan the day to avoid feeling daunted by Christmas crowds and decide which popular stores to hit first to escape battling hoards of shoppers at peak times.

Another important part of Christmas is the parties. When approaching festive outfit shopping, check what style of attire will be suitable, and tailor your frock to the events’ needs. Is it formal attire, a relaxing get together or an outdoor activity?

“Ultimately, stay true to your style and what you’re most confident in,” said Massi.

“Whether you’re a relaxed Boho girl who loves florals or a classic girl who prefers clean lines and block colours. Inject your personal style to your chosen outfit.”

Facing the festive shopping manic is easy when local centres provide all the tools to simplify the shopping experience.

“[Indooroopilly Shopping Centre has] a range of free activities for every shopper, including a personal shopping session with me to find that perfect Christmas outfit, as well as free champagne and canapes in a four metre magical bauble!”

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