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The holidays should be a time of celebration and fun, not a time of stress and anxiety. But if you wait until the last minute to do your holiday shopping, that’s certainly what it will become. Rushed decisions are bad decisions.
Do yourself a favor and get all the gift hunting done early so you can spend time with your family instead of waiting in line at the mall. To take the madness out of the holidays, follow the tips below to figure out how to get on top of all your gift-giving tasks before Yule begins.
Ask People What They Want
Instead of racking your brain to come up with the perfect gift, simply ask your loved one what they want — perhaps it’s a new Chakra pendant, or maybe they’re looking to revamp their collection of incense. If you think that would spoil the fun of getting a surprise gift, ask for a wish list so they don’t know which item you’re choosing to get them. Knowing what your family and friends want for the holidays will reduce your time spent aimlessly shopping and settling for a gift they might not actually like.
You don’t have to focus on mall-found gifts this holiday season – expand your options to the immaterial. Speak to what they love; donate to environmental causes in their name, or give money to a charitable organization close to their heart. If you want to spend quality time together this Yulefest, plan a day to head to a volunteer event together. The gift of time shouldn’t be forgotten, and making memories together is far better than buying a gift they don’t need or won’t use.
Do Your Research
If you do decide to purchase a gift, avoid making an impulse purchase. With the wide array of options available, it’s important to research which is going to fit the recipient best. At the very least, you’ll be able to separate quality products from those that might break or malfunction within the year.
For example, if you’re buying a new watch for your husband you should take a look at online reviews like this MVMT watches review. No matter the product, these online opinions will provide valuable and detailed insight into the product itself. As with all things—you want to know what you’re buying before you pull out your wallet.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled for a Good Deal
It’s time that you start reading those emails that usually end up in your spam folder! While they can be annoying, they often offer great deals and alert you to any sales going on at your favorite stores. A good deal can also come in the form of scheduled sales, like Black Friday, or others that supermarkets announce ahead of time. Don’t forget to thrift as much as possible. You can find fantastic, locally-sourced goods without breaking the bank.
Want an even better deal? Stick to handmade gifts. I believe making handmade items is one of the best ways to show your love and affection, no matter the occasion. Source local materials and make a one of a kind piece for your family members and friends – that’s a gift they won’t forget by New Year’s Eve.
Start Your Holiday Cards Early
If you’re planning on shipping out a yearly Yule card, why wait until the last minute? Most card companies already have their holiday line out for you to pick and order well before December. By planning and preparing for the holiday season, your Yule greetings can be more beautiful and engaging than last year’s. Better yet, starting the holiday card project allows you to sort through your address book and ensure you’re not missing anyone on the recipient list!
Shopping online is the easiest way to stay on top of your holiday chores. On top of everything else listed above, you get to stay home sipping your favorite cocktail instead of having to deal with the mayhem of local shopping centers. It’s the easiest way to find exactly what you’re looking for all from the comfort of your own home.
Don’t wait until Yule season is well underway to get all your shopping down, the time to start is now! By planning for the holiday shopping ahead of time, you’ll remain stress-free, diligent, and proactive in your purchases. Not only are you helping yourself by planning ahead, you’re doing wonders for those you love by giving them something they’ll truly cherish.