17 December 2012

Festive M8, your local mate in the UK: Top 10 Christmas party season tips

You all seemed to love our Christmas shopping tips – and have been bagging some fantastic MyVoucherCodes deals using M8 along the way – so we’ve come up with another Top 10 for… partying!

With so many social outings organised, we find ourselves caught up in a haze of office parties, liquid lunches with friends old and new, family brunches and carol singing! Exhausting….but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Here are top tips for what can be a frazzling few weeks:

1.Be prepared!

Make like the Boy Scouts and prepare yourself! With colds and winter bugs – not to mention hangovers and other ailments associated with overindulgence – threatening to kill your buzz at Christmas, stock up on vitamins and medication to keep you in tip top condition. Essentials for our team include effervescent vitamin tablets, paracetamol, rehydration sachets, tummy settling medication and milk thistle – a winning bathroom cabinet line up!

2. Call on your local M8!

Yes we may be biased, but M8 is the perfect mobile app for your iPhone, Android smartphone or BlackBerry Touch device as you party this Christmas! A handy companion, it’ll help you bag a spray tan and manicure offer through MyVoucherCodes, select the best place to sample mulled wine or taste good pub grub and provide great directions, locate a cash machine when you need one, get the best 2-for-1 pizza when bars close, and get any designated drivers home again without running out of petrol. Multifunctional I think you’ll agree!

Christmas revelling sorted, from start to finish – perfect!

3. Maintenance

We tend to burn the candle at both ends in the run up to and over Christmas, so some occasional primping and polishing is necessary. We find the 28th particularly terrifying and a day that usually sets a little ‘emergency work’ in motion.

At-home treatments such as uplifting aromatherapy bath oils, revitalising face masks, (streak-free) fake tan and illuminating makeup are like liquid gold to members of our #M8 team and we thoroughly recommend a little pampering session mid party season – great for mind and body! Take advantage of great packages and discounts that beauty brands offer at Christmas – treat yourself and keep sparkling ‘til New Year’s Day!

4. Explore and feast

With so many people to meet, Christmas is the perfect time to try something new in your local area, or wherever you find yourself in the UK. Make plans to go for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, cocktails or dinner – there are so many opportunities for festive fun!

Carry out a little research – check out reviews, get recommendations from friends or crowdsource ideas from social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry BBM – and you’re sure to find the perfect place. Did we mention M8 integrates Trip Advisor, Yelp, Lonely Planet reviews into our maps? No? Oh, well it does, and it’s very handy when you’re on the go…

5. Plan your transport

Essential. It’s going to be freezing when you travel to and from a night out, guaranteed. So, for a stress free evening it’s best to plan your route, check for reduced services on public transport, book a licensed minicab before you set out, or even give your liver a break, and drive! If you do leave travel planning until home time, make sure to wait at a designated taxi rank, and never alone.

NB. Remember, if you’re going out and plan to have a few drinks, avoid early morning chauffeuring people to shops, meetings, or anywhere else. It takes longer than you think to get rid of alcohol from the system so put the car keys down, relax, have a good breakfast and watch a Christmas movie instead.

Stay tuned for more Festive M8 top tips this afternoon!