‘Tis that time of year again. As they say, the best laid plans of mice and men always go awry. At this time of year, they often get thrown aside and many people continually find themselves scrambling to get holiday gifts at the last minute. Don’t get frustrated and stressed out, that can ruin your holiday. Follow these tips to make your last minute gift shopping easier.
1. Make a list
Lists aren’t just for Santa; we mortals need them, too. Make a list of people you need to buy for and set a budget for each one. This will help keep you organized and will help assure you don’t overspend as well. Plus, if anyone on that list is naughty, you can cross that name right off!
2. Give Food
Holidays are about food. Go with that theme when you’re trying to think of a last minute gift for someone. When you don’t know what to get someone, a food item is a great go-to, it also works for that person on your list whom you don’t know well but need a gift for. But food can go beyond that. A nice plate of the family’s secret-recipe homemade cookies can open up the floodgates of memories for a beloved elderly loved one.
3. Shop online
Technology has invaded our lives and there’s no going back. So, don’t fight it, use it to your advantage. Let’s face it, if Santa could use the Internet to get his shopping done, there would be a lot of elves out of work. Not only can you avoid the long lines at the malls, you’ll get tons of products to choose from. If you’re planning on using the Internet to get some shopping done, be on the lookout for great online deals and shopping dates. Many retailers offer great holiday deals and can guarantee arrival of products on time if they’re ordered within a week of Christmas.
4. Don’t buy clothes
Clothes are hard to get right even when you’re buying for yourself. It’s too easy to spend lots of unnecessary time vacillating over whether something is the right size, color or fit. When you’re short on time when shopping for holiday gifts, do yourself a favor and skip the clothes department.
5. Shop during off times
One of the most frustrating parts about holiday shopping in stores is fighting through the throngs of people. Standing in long lines can be frustrating and get us right out of the holiday spirit. So, do your shopping either early or late in the day. Many retailers will offer details during these times to entice people into the stores, so you can beat the crowds and get a good deal, too.