If procrastination is the thief of time, then it would seem we've all been robbed blind. After last's year's crazy dash on Christmas Eve searching for a gift for your cousin's impossible-to-please wife and jostling your way through the throngs in the butcher shop vying for one of the last turkeys, you promised yourself next year would be different. But with all those good intentions long forgotten, you find yourself less than two weeks from the big day not having bought a gift, baked a cake or decorated a tree. And the thought of having to face it all makes you want to crawl into a corner and hide. Well stress not, we are here to help. First, take a deep breath, make a cup of tea, grab a pen and paper and sit down. The most efficient organising tool is a list. Separate your list into sections such as presents, food and drink, decorations, Christmas cards and self pampering, and divide up the things you need to do according to importance and by the number of days left to Christmas. Sixteen days is actually quite a lot of time if you plan carefully. The main things you need to consider are thoughtful presents for the family, but remember that thoughtful doesn't have to mean expensive, and if you plan properly, you will find fantastic gifts on offer in all price ranges. Victor Chau, senior public relations executive for Lane Crawford, suggested visiting the company's Pacific Place Home Store or the Home and Lifestyle department of any Lane Crawford store for a range of gift ideas. 'Our Home and Lifestyle departments are one-stop shops that carry a diverse range of unique merchandise. And, if time is an issue, simply phone our concierge at our IFC or Pacific Place stores and order some European chocolates such as Cacao and VizioVirtu Cioccolateria from Italy and Chapon Chocolatier from France, a selection of our Daylesford organic gourmet food or some great spa items and scented candles, to be delivered to your friends and family.' Mr Chau said that you should always keep in mind that Christmas shopping should be fun, so let the stress diffuse and embrace the special atmosphere that comes but once a year. 'For me it's all about avoiding the crowds and not getting caught up in the Christmas frenzy. It's about the environment of where one shops. At Lane Crawford, there are some great backdrops to enjoy. We have a White Christmas story, a Moulin Rouge Christmas extravaganza, and at our Pacific Place home store, a Swarovski Crystal Palace exhibit.' When asked to pick a few personal favourite gifts on sale this year, he said: 'Cire Trudon candles (HK$600) from one of the oldest Parisian candle makers should be a must this year. For beautiful leather accessories from Italy, try Pinetti (HK$275 - HK$2,940) and Gigliodoro (HK$540 - HK$11,760). For pet lovers, we have a wide range of exclusive items such as elegant pet beds, bowls, leather leads and accessories from the British brand Mungo & Maud (HK$96 - HK$2,720). For the home, there is gold and silver ceramic dinnerware (HK$190 - HK$1,200) from Italy's fun company Seletti. And finally, Society bed linens (HK$1,500 - HK$8,900) are available in a range of stunning colours.' Seibu division manager of ladieswear Carmen Law also shared her ideas for Christmas gifts. 'I think a watch is a great gift as there are so many varieties to choose from, plus it's something you can wear every day and you can shop according to your budget.' Christmas hampers are another favourite of Ms Law's. 'Hampers are a lovely gift, but they don't have to be the pre-made ones. I love to mix everything on my own. It's easy to get everything at gourmet supermarkets.' Seibu menswear and childrenswear division manager Daniel Ng suggested two gifts from the store; for a woman an exotic necklace from Spanish brand, Croxe, (HK$1,280) and for a man, red skinny jeans by the April 77 Collection (HK$1,350). Marks & Spencer is always a reliable source for gift ideas. Marketing manager Renee Sin recommended the Make Your Own Christmas Tree Kit (HK$95) for children so they can build a 17-inch Christmas tree. She also suggested the Camouflage Percy Pig Piggy Bank with Soft Fruit Gums (HK$195) and various Christmas crackers (HK$95 - HK$295). The Body Shop won't let a little economic crisis get in the way of a good Christmas. It has launched the concept of 'Recessionista', so customers can still buy luxury products that won't break the budget or damage the environment. Estella Lau, regional product director of the Body Shop, offered these suggestions for gifts. 'Smart gifts are those that don't cost the Earth and are value for money. Customers can buy White Musk Moments gift set (HK$69) and for men the Maca Root Regime (HK$219).' And for the feel-good factor, one can purchase the Bag for Life for HK$30. 'All profits from every bag sold go to Children on the Edge, our partner charity which helps vulnerable children in southern India,' Ms Lin said. The best thing about leaving your shopping until the last minute is that you can take advantage of the pre-Christmas sales. Many shops are hoping to persuade customers to spend that bit extra by dropping prices by up 50 per cent. Also be sure to take full advantage of gift wrapping services so you can tick one more thing off that list. And if visiting the shops at all this season fills you with dread, then try to buy as many items as possible online. And one final piece of advice, remember that it's a holiday and the overall idea is to have fun, take a break from work and spend time with friends and family.