Seasonal & Holiday

How to Avoid the Holiday Shopping Rush

General view of atmosphere inside Macy's department store on December 4, 2014 in New York City.
General view of atmosphere inside Macy’s department store on December 4, 2014 in New York City.

Getting ready for the holidays can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a stressful time. No one wants to spend the holidays in a rush, so why not slow down and take time to enjoy the holiday season? If you have waited to start your holiday shopping, you are not alone. Millions of consumers will be shopping for holiday gifts over the next few weeks, but you don’t have to get caught up in the last minute gift buying frenzy. Plan to make a few smart purchases over the next couple of weeks, and you’ll be ready to celebrate the season with your loved ones.

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To save time and money, make some homemade gifts for friends and family. If you have a lot of people that you want to show your appreciation for during the holidays, homemade gifts can go a long way. Homemade sugar scrubs and spa products, such as bath bombs are great gift ideas for anyone who loves to unwind and relax. You can easily make your own soaps or candles, using simple ingredients or kits that you can purchase online, or at a craft store. You could even make homemade bake good or chocolate candies. You can find candy making supplies at Joann, and get free shipping off of your purchase of $6.0.00 or more. Don’t forget to plan to give some of these lovely gifts to your mail carrier, teachers, pastors, and anyone else you might want to say a special ‘thanks’ to during the holidays.

Young Woman Shopping Online Sitting Besides Row Of Shopping Bags

To save even more time and money, shop online. More and more consumers are doing the bulk of their holiday shopping online. It’s much more convenient than going out in the cold, battling the traffic, and long lines at the store. When you shop online, you can search for exactly the product you’re looking for, without having to hope that a retail store will have what you’re looking for. You can still have customer service available to you, and there will be no crowds to deal with, unless there’s a crowd on your couch. You can shop leisurely through out the day, make purchases in the middle of the night when you’re startled awake by a great gift idea, and never have to change out of you pajamas or yoga pants.

Do a one-stop-shop. Choose one store that you can purchase gifts for everyone on your list from. Old Navy is a great option. Not only do they have apparel for the entire family, they also have cool accessories and jewelry. They offer E.L.F. Cosmetics, so you have the option to purchase makeup for stocking stuffers. There are also lots of great bins near the check-out for stocking stuffer options. You can even shop online, and make it easier on yourself. If you subscribe to Old Navy‘s e-mail, you can save 30% off your purchase. You can also get free shipping with a $25.00 purchase!

Knowing where the good deals are is half the battle. Do your research, and then plan to shop as much as you can from home. With most sites offering deals on free shipping, you’ll save a lot of money.