Christmas shopping. The thought of it makes 50% of people want to hibernate, and 50% of people want to go out in santa hats jingling all the way as they make their way from store to store. Whether you dread Christmas shopping or you’re truly excited for it, there are ways you can streamline it so that it doesn’t take nearly as long – and you might even save some cash in the process.
Let’s take a look at how you can streamline your Christmas shopping this year below …
Plan Your Christmas Gift List in Advance
Always, always, always plan ahead. Start planning now. Make your Christmas gift list in advance so you know who you’re buying for. Write out some ideas next to their name, and perhaps a budget.
The key is to stick to your list and your budget so you don’t end up overspending. When you start early, it can be all too easy to buy too much!
Review bargain sales sites first to see if you can find any of the gifts you wanted to buy on there. Keep an eye on prices and see if you can find any sales online – some sites will publish dates of upcoming store sales.
Don’t Forget About Black Friday
Black Friday is coming, and this is one of the best times of year you can hope to buy gifts for people. Take advantage of it! Some stores even have sales for a whole week, taking it right through to ‘Cyber Monday’.
By planning ahead and waiting for this week to roll around, you’ll be able to spend the entire week doing your Christmas shopping and hunting for gifts at bargain prices. You’ll seriously save a fortune if you do it at this time rather than closer to the big day.
However, Black Friday shopping in person is stressful. It isn’t unusual to see people getting into fights over heavily discounted electronics. Instead, see if you can do most of it online. Things usually sell out fast online, so make sure you get there early and know exactly what you want in advance. Free shipping will sweeten the deal and help you to save even more money. You may only be eligible for this once you have spent a specific amount, though, so it could be a good idea to see if you can plan to buy multiple items from one place. Even if you’re not too sure what you’re looking to purchase yet, it shouldn’t be too hard to find unique gifts for men and women.
Only if something is sold out online, do we recommend going to get it in person.
Pay A Little Extra For Gift Wrapping
Some people enjoy gift wrapping, usually those who are naturally gifted at it. Others absolutely hate it, and it shows when people are given their poorly wrapped gifts with tape all over the place and creases and rips where there shouldn’t be any. No, it isn’t about the wrapping, but a well wrapped gift can make the excitement of giving and receiving all the better! Plus, it takes away stress from you.
Many stores offer this now, even online stores. The only downside with having a gift gift wrapped when you order online is that you won’t be able to inspect the gift to ensure it’s suitable, so bear that in mind. If you can stretch your budget to pay a little more for wrapping, you’ll save money on your own paper, tape, and other wrapping essentials, plus, you’ll save so much more time!
Avoid Going Shopping When Everybody Else Will Be Shopping
If there’s a day you can go Christmas shopping in the week, do it. You’ll be able to skip the crowds and get things done with minimal stress. When paying, try to find the least busy kiosk so you can just pay and get out of there. Items will be lined up by the till in the hopes that you make an impulse buy, and if you’re standing there too long, chances are that you will.
Check Out Various Sites For Your Gifts
Browse eBay, Etsy, Poshmark, and other websites for merchandise at less-than-retail prices. You may be able to find brand new items that were simple an unwanted gift, or something that has been barely used. Why buy brand new when buying second hand is better for the environment and often saves you money/gives the same result?
Give Your Time And Talents
Give away something you’re good at. For example, if you’re a mean baker, why not bake people a basket of muffins, or a box of delicious Christmas cookies? Maybe you’re a great artist, and you can give people your art as gifts. Making things can often mean more to people than simple going out and purchasing things.
Use A Cashback Site When Purchasing Online
If you want to save even more money on your Christmas shopping, make sure you use a cashback site when purchasing online. At the very least, you should be looking for a coupon code so that you can save a bit of cash. Apps like Honey will automatically check codes at a store for you and apply them if there are any, automatically saving you time and money! If you find a cashback site you can use, you might be surprised at how much cash builds up there once your Christmas shopping is complete – although you should be aware that it usually take a while before you can access it.
Are you ready to streamline your Christmas shopping this year? The ideas above will both help you to save money and get your shopping finished early, so you can enjoy the holidays with your loved ones with minimal stress.
Do you have any ideas that you’d like to share?
Perhaps you have a technique that always allows you to finish your Christmas shopping on time and on budget?
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