The Do’s & Don’ts of Holiday Shopping

The Do’s & Don’ts of Holiday Shopping

Holiday shopping has started, so the craziness of the Christmas season is beginning. It can be overwhelming to find perfect gifts for all of your family members and friends. Thinking of creative gifts, people will enjoy can be a challenge. Budgeting your money can be even more difficult. However, with a few tips and organized planning, your Holiday shopping can be stress-free and completed in no time. Below I have listed the do's and don’ts of holiday shopping.

DO GIVE SENTIMENTAL GIFTS

Sentimental gifts take thought. When I receive these types of gifts, I know my loved one put time into it. It made me feel special and cared for. I always try to give a sentimental gift during the holidays. It is usually less costly, but they are much more heartfelt than an expensive gift.

DON’T JUST GIVE MONEY

Have you ever just received a gift card or money for Christmas? Sure, you can go out and buy what you want or need, but it does not feel like an actual gift. When you give a personalized gift, you make the gift receiver feel more understood and loved. Personally, I would rather receive a thoughtful, inexpensive gift than a multitude of gift cards.

DO MAKE A LIST

Make a list of gifts for your family members and friends. Brainstorm gift ideas. Then, write down what you will give them for their Christmas gift. Making a list will help you feel more organized and keep the stress away.

DON’T RECYCLE GIFTS

Recycling gifts is a huge no. Never recycle gifts. Would you want to receive a gift somebody did not want? Recycling gifts are just a lazy way of getting your Christmas shopping done. However, shopping does not have to be stressful if you do it right, so there is no need for gift recycling.

DO MAKE MORE THAN ONE TRIP

Making more than one shopping trip can make holiday shopping less stressful and easier. If you try to get everything done in one day, you are bound to feel overwhelmed. Instead, make more than one trip. Divide your shopping into sections. You can organize it by store, people, or even gender. Finish each section one weekend at a time. This way when you do go shopping, it will be a shorter and quicker time. When you make more than one trip and organize, holiday shopping can be a breeze.

DON’T WAIT LAST MINUTE

Christmas shopping becomes chaotic and stressful when you wait last minute. Do not wait the week before Christmas to get your holiday gifts done. Instead, start now. Firstly, you will have little time to find the perfect gifts. Secondly, everyone participates in last minute shopping so stores are always hectic. Finish your holiday shopping early, so you can focus on family when the week of Christmas rolls around. You should be decorating gingerbread houses, looking at lights, and drinking hot chocolate by the fire with your family the week before Christmas, not frantically getting shopping done.

DO HAVE A BUDGET

Make sure you have a budget and plan your gifts accordingly. Everyone wants to give family and friends nice gifts, but you can still stay on budget. Plan out your gifts and think of thoughtful gifts to help stay on budget.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT ONLINE SHOPPING

I love online shopping not just because it is easier and at your fingertips. I also enjoy online shopping because I can find exactly what I am looking for in seconds. Along with this, I can buy personalized gifts online. Unfortunately, you do have to pay shipping costs. However, utilize the sales on Cyber Monday, and complete your shopping with great discounts.

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