The holiday shopping season is about to begin, and you’d better start preparing now. Every holiday shopper needs to have a game plan for all of their holiday shopping. The weeks can quickly pass by, and before you know it, the holidays will be here. You certainly don’t want to find yourself in a jam, without the gifts you were hoping to purchase and maybe even score good deals on. Follow these simple tips for a successful holiday shopping season.
Get organized. The best way to kick off your holiday shopping, is to make a list before you actually begin shopping for gifts. Make a page in a journal or notebook for everyone you plan on buying a gift for. Keep the notebook handy throughout the year. When you find something or think of something that would make a great gift for someone on your list, be sure to jot the idea down on the page that goes with that specific person. If you keep a running list of gift ideas, you’ll never be without options when it comes down to crunch time for shopping.
Shop online. Shopping online can save you a lot of time, and money- not to mention stress! Think about it, you can do all of your research from product reviews to price comparisons, right from the comfort of your home. Shop on your schedule, without even having to change out you your pajamas. Why not invest in some comfy new lounge clothes to keep comfortable while you shop? If you get a thrill from actually going to the stores and shopping, invite a friend over for coffee and snacks while you surf the web and shop online together. Shopping is always more fun with friends. Amazon often has great deals for gifts. You can save tons of money by signing up for Amazon Prime, and taking advantage of their free shipping. Right now, you can snag up to 75% off of Fossil handbags! Handbags are always hot holiday gifts for women, so don’t miss out on this awesome deal.
Shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. If you love to save money, you can start making your game plan for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Some stores open up as early as Thanksgiving night, offering amazing deals to customers who dare to brave their shopping peers. Plan to stay up late Thursday, or get up super early on Friday to get the beat deals in store. If you’d rather not fight the traffic and the crowds, opt for Cyber Monday sales. Deals are often just as good, if not better on Monday, and you won’t have to stress out about fighting someone for the last toaster oven in the store!
Take advantage of free shipping for the holidays. Amazon is just one of many stores that offer free shipping during the holiday season when you shop online. Lands End typically has great holiday shipping offers. Right now, they’re offering free shipping on orders of $50.00 or more. They also have some fantastic deals on women’s sweaters, boots, and booties! There are lots of great gift options for men, women, kids, and even your family pet. Look for gifts like travel accessories, kids’ jackets, and pretty scarves for simple, yet thoughtful gifts.
Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. Planning ahead and remembering to take breaks can save your sanity, which is just as important as saving money this time of year!