It’s the same every year. We tell ourselves next year will be different, but we end up doing our festive shopping in a rush and at the last minute or thereabouts. There’s a downside to this and the downside to shopping so close to Christmas is that we tend to overspend.
Our mind works us into a frenzy and we get so caught up in trying to find the perfect gift, we don’t even realize it. And before we know it, we’re already exhausted and it’s not even 24 of December.
So many people embrace the whole Christmas-shopping-done-early concept and start buying things as soon as retailers put some serious markdowns for their merchandise. To some people, this means buying on Black Friday whereas other people shop throughout the year.
But the majority starts festive shopping no sooner than December. It’s as if buying for Christmas without seeing malls decorated for holiday or hearing all that holiday music on the radio makes it much less appealing. And it’s somewhat true. If it’s Christmas shopping, it should have some holiday feeling to it.
Therefore, if you are just starting the buzz or are about to in the following days, these tips should help you get organized so that you’re happy with your purchases and relaxed to enjoy the holidays too.
Are you hosting the New Year’s Eve celebration this year or are you having guests for Christmas dinner? Think about the menu and all you need to get food cooked, think about the drinks and whether or not you need presents.
Put everything you think you need on a list and go over the list more than once. You might realize you need fewer things and end up crossing a few off the list.
Compare prices online
Even with retailers prioritizing their online business model to include convenient and fast delivery, special Christmas Sales and so forth, a large percent of the population still prefers in-store shopping.
You might be one of the people who’d never give up the mall experience, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the online to your benefit. Don’t go starting to check prices on every retailer’s website. Use comparison engines or apps that show you which retailer offers best value.
Prioritize gift shopping
Some people are closer to your heart than others so naturally that will reflect on a standard for buying gifts. You’ll maybe want to buy more than one gift for a special someone or maybe you’ll decide on a single, more expensive gift.
Establish a standard for purchasing gifts accordingly so you know when you’re at the shop how many you are buying and for whom.
Don’t buy gifts randomly
Sure it’s easier to pick random gifts and decide to whom you’re giving them afterwards, but that doesn’t always lead to making the right choices.
Picking the right gifts for your friends and family isn’t just about spending money. It’s also about putting in a bit of effort and figuring out what kind of present they’d like. Maybe they’re the type of people who prefer you’d spend time with them at the movies or at the museum. Or maybe they’re the type who would appreciate a hand-made gift over something bought.
Don’t buy gifts for everyone
Instead of overspending on gifts for extended family and the friends of the friends of a friend who got invited to the Christmas dinner because of a misunderstanding – you get the idea, decide not to.
Christmas isn’t about feeling obliged to buy something for everyone and you shouldn’t feel like you have too either.