Last Minute Shopping Tips

Only 8 days until Christmas Eve! Have you gotten all the presents, recipes, and decorations ready? I always feel like I have everything set and ready, but I’ll think I’m missing something or someone from my Christmas shopping list. Luckily, I have a few last minute shopping tips up my sleeve to save me from this bind.

Make a list. Before thinking about what to buy, make a new list consisting of everyone in your circle of life. Then ask another person to verify the list to make sure you didn’t miss anyone this time. Make sure to check off who already has a gift and who hasn’t.

Buy e-gifts/ gift cards. An alternative to actual gifts are e-gifts and gift cards. They are easy to get and you don’t even have to leave your house! You can now get most gift cards online and get them sent directly to the recipient.

Order online. Many online retailers promise to deliver presents by Christmas if you order by a certain date. You might just save yourself a trip by scouting out all the sites you plan to shop at and see what their shipping policies are, before you head out to the store.

Pace yourself. Retailers love the holiday season because they tend to hang sale signs promising discounts and great deals. To avoid the temptation to overspend or impulse buying, pace yourself while you shop. Focus on only getting what you need and get out.

Gift of food.You’ve heard the saying, “the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach” right?  You can avoid buying gifts by gifting something you’ve made like homemade cookies, cakes, and treats.

There are many ways to give a “gift” since it comes in many different forms. What really matters is the time you spend together as family, friends, and co-workers. Christmas is a time to enjoy the company of others and be grateful for who we are.