Gift shopping for the holidays can be stressful, especially if at this point it is not all done.
Here are a few tips that may help save time and money for last-minute shoppers:
1. Make a List and Check it Twice
Sounds tedious, but keeping a list of who you will get a gift for helps to make sure that no one is missed. Also, a list can further ensure you do not spend more than what is needed and you can plan ahead as to where the shopping can be done.
Use the list not only to jot down names but also write down each person’s interests and possibly where you can go to purchase their gift.
Brother – Interests (electronics, music, video games) – Stores (Amazon, Best Buy, Game Stop)
Once you purchased a gift, write it down next to the person’s name so that you know which item belongs to who when you are wrapping gifts.
2. Set a Budget
Once a list is set, the budgeting is much easier. Devise a total amount that you would set out to spend on gifts and then divide the total by the number of people on your list to know the maximum to spend for each person.
For example, if $500 is the total you have to spend on gifts and you have 30 people on your list then the maximum you can spend on each person is approximately $16.67 ($500 divided by 30).
Having a set number in mind when shopping helps you to stay within your budget.
3. Two Birds with One Stone
If you are running really tight on time and money, a great way to save on both is to purchase one gift to cover a group of people. For couples, you may purchase one gift for both of them instead of a gift for each. You may also purchase one gift, like a snack basket, for each family unit instead of trying to find what to get each uncle, aunt, cousin, and so on.
4. Do a One-Stop Shop
The list comes in handy when you have added each person’s interests to plan out and narrow down the places to go to for shopping. However, the best places to save on time are the stores where you can find a little bit of everything in one place.
Costco (Membership needed)
BJs (Membership needed)
5. Shop Online
An incredible time and stress saver is online shopping. You can shop from various stores in the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the time it would take to drive to different locations.
Once again, having a list of interests for each person helps to know what to search for online and if you have a list of possible places to shop you can also shop online for that particular store (if they have an online option).
One of my favorite one-stop online shopping websites is Amazon.
You can also find unique gifts and support startup companies with Amazon Launchpad.
Amazon Launchpad offers gift guides based on themes for shopping made easier.
The best tip is to start shopping earlier, however, the best of us get caught up in life and find ourselves with very little time to spare. I hope the latter tips can ease the fretfulness and stretch time and money so that we can better enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!
Much Love and Happy Shopping,