Last Minute Gift Shopping Tips

woman holding gold gift box

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.
For example:

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.

Recommended Places:



TJ Maxx



Big Lots

Dollar Stores

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,


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32 Comments on Last Minute Gift Shopping Tips

  1. Some great tips here. Also, if I know I’m not seeing someone till the New Year I will often leave purchasing their present until the January sales. I also try to have a few spare pressies around incase of unexpected gifters – boxes of chocolates, toiletries sets and that kind of thing. X

  2. Some great tips here. I always manage to forget someone. Another tip is if you know you won’t be seeing someone until the New Year you can purchase their present in the January sales. Also I try to have a few presents on standby for unexpected gifters. Boxes of chocolates, toiletries and that kind of thing. X

  3. I solved my buying presents problem by moving out of the country! Downside is that I don’t GET any presents either. But when I did shop for presents, it was always a “back-against-the-wall” kind of situation, always.

    • Haha! Maybe I will do that, too;) Move out of the country. Yea, it is not pleasant to shop like that at all. Honestly, I would love to just ban gifts altogether so that we just look forward to gathering with one another with less stress.

  4. I know the last minute things I need but I have to go to that MALL place – I hate the mall – getting my gram a comforter or quilt that will go on her daybed but the store is literally in the middle of the mall. Going to go early so the anxiety stays low but noooooo

  5. Love your blog…such good ideas….and my oh my you have beautiful eyes…I read through your previous post..all good!!! Have a happy holiday …..thanks for all the information you put into your post….kat

    • Kat, so nice to meet you and thank you so much for the compliments:) I am seriously blushing LOL! It is my pleasure to share what helps me in hopes it can aide someone else:) Happy Holidays!!

  6. Good post, Nina. Losing focus is one of the most common casualties during the holiday season. One of the perks to being a starving artist is that nobody expects to receive much of anything tangible from me (particularly the poor and homeless – my primary focus). The best part among my family and friends is how the receivers now appreciate the handmade gifts I begin crafting early on every year. The kids typically don’t understand all that goes into the books about them, but their parents are beginning to understand. Yeay!

    • Handmade gifts are incredibly special:) So great that your family understands because it’s more about the thought and effort that goes to making a gift:)

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