We’re all familiar with this situation. Making plans every year to get our shopping done in time; procrastinating, convincing yourself you still have enough time left.
Finally, you realize you have no time left. Hence, the process of the dreadful last minute shopping commences. With a list that’s suspiciously too long and a very short amount of time in hand, you set out in hopes of conquering the long queues.
It’s undeniable, we’ve all been there.
So, to give you some relief in these stressful times, we’ve come up with 6 smart and easy tips to help you through that last minute shopping crisis.
Sit back, grab a hot cup of cocoa, and prepare yourself to take it all in!
1. Always Have A Plan
Christmas shopping for me is all about planning. Planning and making a list before leaving the house helps save a lot of time.
Write down what you need to buy, who you’re buying the gift for, and where you’re going to be buying it from. It also helps if you have a budget or you write down what you’re willing to spend on each product.
This way, you won’t forget anyone, you can figure out which shopping mall or store is closer and start from there, you’ll know what to spend on each gift, and minimize the risk of overspending all at the same time.
Tip: Shopping at independent stores is also a great idea to shop as well. There are lesser crowds and you’ll have less chance of wasting time to look for products as the employees will help you out.
2. Sales And Discounts
Any major holiday calls for countless deals and discounts on all sorts of products. Christmas is no exception. This time of the year probably has the most discounts and sales going around all over the world.
This is where you make the most of your shopping. Getting a good deal and bargain out of what you need is a smart move.
It’s not all bad news if you start your shopping late, chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for at a discounted price. Many sales and discounts start just mere days before Christmas Eve or they give promotional codes which help to knock down prices.
However, there is a risk of waiting too long and facing a stockout. So, keep a lookout for discounts on products you’re interested in.
3. Online Shopping – Your Best Friend
That’s right, you read it right. Online shopping will make your life so much easier when it comes to last minute shopping. There’s less stress, no long queues, pushing and shoving involved.
You can be done with your shopping with just a few clicks. The key is to place your order in a way that all your products will either arrive on time, or the online stores will guarantee they’ll deliver before Christmas.
Another great thing about online shopping is that many stores have an option to pick up your gift from the store if you can’t receive the delivery at home.
Remember to keep checking the online stores for better deal and discounts. They keep changing prices almost every day, so make the most of it!
4. Gift Wrapping – Not A Waste Of Time
You might wonder: What’s the point spending hours after wrapping presents when they’ll be torn after in a matter of seconds?
You’re not alone there. Compiled with spending hours in shopping malls and then going home and wrapping them, it can take up a huge amount of your time. Especially, if you’re already short on time.
Lucky for you, there are many shopping big malls that will wrap your gift free of charge! Not only that, but online stores will also give you the option of wrapping them, there’s a chance of them charging you, so check the details thoroughly.
So, keep an eye out for these services and take full advantage of it!
5. Save Your Receipts!
Sometimes, the gifts you get for your loved ones might not be available in that specific color, size, or brand. The next best thing would be to get something close to that present.
Let’s face it, not everyone gets happy with whatever presents they get. Especially, with last minute presents. There are some picky relatives and friends everybody has, there’s just no denying it.
What should one do in a situation like this? Why, save the receipt, of course!
They won’t understand your last minute shopping hastiness. Having the receipt will ensure they’ll still be able to get what they wanted on their own and help you save face.
Tip: If there’s a present you don’t want, regift it to someone else. It can be clothes, shoes etc. be sure not to regift the same gift to the person who gave it to you in the first place!
6. Be Smart, Buy Smart
When you’re deciding what gift to buy for someone, it can get pretty confusing. It’s better to shop smart instead of buying something totally random at the last minute.
Instead, you can be smart and buy a Netflix subscription for the movie buff, or get an audiobook or e-book subscriptions for the book lover in your life, tickets to go see a concert of their favorite musician, or an all-day spa day package.
Another smart choice would be gift cards. They might seem tacky at first, but gift cards actually let the person buy whatever they want. You can get them on discounts too.
It might not give off the personal touch gesture, but they’re the next best thing on the last minute shopping spree.
Remember to be smart, think smart, and buy smart!
Lastly, we hope next time you actually make use of these tips. Save yourself from having to run around at the last minute and doing just a moderate job at gifting presents to your loved ones.
This is a special holiday, celebrating with your loved ones and making happy memories together is what counts at the end of the day. So make the most of it!