Did you brave Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday? Are you completely finished holiday shopping or have you not even started yet? Well don’t worry, you still have time before gifts have to be wrapped and under the tree.
Make a list – this will help you get organized and save you money. Once you know what everyone wants you can plan your trips to the mall, or bundle shipments on websites if you plan to Internet shop.
Shop early in the day and during the week to avoid crowds, parking lot nightmares and long lines at checkout. If you can, take a day off of work and make holiday shopping a special and fun event.
Instead of purchasing presents for everyone on your list, why not make them a homemade gift? A quick look online for holiday craft ideas will give you plenty of inspiration for doing this. These can be really special presents, as you will have put a lot of time and effort into them, which is something everyone appreciates.
Visit a holiday market. Often times you can find unique ornaments and decorations that you could never get in the mall. Markets are also fantastic places to enjoy time strolling around the stalls, people watching and trying some festive food.
Once you get home with your purchases or they show up in the mail, start wrapping them immediately. This will prevent the late night wrapping marathon that inevitably leads to frustration and bad feelings. You don’t want to be a Grinch.