Are you excited to start your Christmas gift shopping? I know I am!
Christmas shopping can be a fun and enjoyable affair, but it can also stresses you out and make your holiday a little less fun.
Now, don’t fret and start dreading that shopping trip just yet. I have here an easy-to-follow guide that will make your Christmas shopping both stress and hassle free.
1. Make a list
Write the name of each person you want to give presents to. Find out what they want for Christmas. You can either ask or use your brain for ideas. For example, a good present for a grandmother who likes gardening may be a new gardening tools or various types of seeds to plant. Carry this list with you when shopping.
2. Don’t leave it until the last minute
This is the most obvious, but many choose to ignore it.
Consult your list. If you have a tiny list, then one trip to the mall may well be enough. If your list resembles the length of the Great Wall, then you will need more time. Be smart.
Don’t start your shopping a few days before Christmas. It’s chaos. And the queue wastes time.
Set enough time. The sooner you do it, the greater the possibility that you’ll be able to acquire everything on your Christmas gift list. Remember, thousands of others are also purchasing their Christmas gifts. The good gifts will be long gone before Christmas Eve. You already decide to act like Santa this Christmas, so put on the efforts and get everyone on your list a decent present.
2. You don’t have to start on December
There is no rule against starting your shopping months before. Visit the stores when they’re having their sales. If you see a nice sweater, on discount, purchase it. It’ll be a nice gift for your mother or your aunt. But, be careful not to overbuy.
3. Your gifts don’t have to be expensive
Many of us do not have the inside of Donald Trump’s wallet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give a nice and thoughtful gifts. Your gifts don’t have to cost you the earth. But don’t be cheap either.
Are you running low on cash? Bake cookies and put them into nice jars. Supermarkets have a huge selection of ready-bake cookies, which are both delicious and cost-friendly. You can buy the jars on dollar stores. Tie a gift tag on the jar and you’re all set. Sites like Paper Crave or Love Vs. Design offer free Christmas gift tag printables. If you’re looking for a more personal option, Etsy has a lot of designs in affordable prices.
Go beyond department stores like Target or Macy’s and start visiting thrift shops (great gifts for vintage lovers), your local bookshops, factory outlets, or exploring sites like Etsy. The stuffs on sale at Etsy are all handmade or vintage at prices that won’t break your wallet.
4. Gift vouchers are personal gifts
I know some people think that giving gift vouchers is a bad idea. Maybe because gift vouchers seem like an easy way out. It’s been defined as something that you give to someone when you have absolutely no idea what else to give.
I disagree. I personally think that gift vouchers is one of the best gift ideas, providing you select the right voucher for the right person.
Has your best friend been telling you about wanting to learn to cook? Then a voucher for a cooking lesson is a great idea. Do you notice that your Mom have been feeling under the water lately? Give her a voucher for a spa treatment. A gift voucher can be a great present if you choose it right.
5. No need for fancy wrappers
Don’t spend a fortune wrapping your gifts in pretty wrappers, adding extra ribbons, etc. People will rip them out anyway. In fact, don’t spend money at all on wrappers. Usually there are free wrapping stations on malls. Yes, the queue is long, but if you do your shopping early, it’s not that bad.
6. Shop online
You won’t get tired. You don’t have to stand on a long queue. Your purchases will be shipped straight to your door. What’s not to love?
7. Remember that this is a joyous occasion
Christmas is a time to be jolly. Don’t get stressed out with your Christmas shopping. Take it easy. So what if you can’t find all that you’re looking for? Settle for something else. Do the shopping with a friend. Make it a fun day out. Slip in some time for lunch or coffee. Laugh and have a great time.
I hope my guide will be able to help you do your Christmas shopping the fun and easy way. Have a great Christmas shopping, everyone!