This year, you can win at holiday shopping. Rather than scrambling at the last minute or just guessing about what to buy when you are at the store, we have a few tips to make sure you are an amazing gift giver this year. Here are 5 ways to win at holiday shopping this year:
- Make a List and Stick to It
Walking into the mall without a plan is the worst thing you can do. Take a couple of evenings to put together a robust gift list for friends and family. As you find each item, cross it off. In no time, your work will be done – and all that will remain is the wrapping.
- Start Shopping Early
It might sound like a no-brainer, but start holiday shopping early. Kick-off gift-buying at the beginning of December so you have plenty of time to buy everything on your list. Can’t find some items? You can revise your potential purchases and finish everything off before the month ends.
- Consider Ordering Gifts Online
It can take a while to box up and send items via U.S. mail or other express services – and if you are busy, time is precious. This year, order gifts online and send them directly to faraway friends and family. Size won’t be an issue, and someone else will be responsible for working out how to ensure that slow cooker doesn’t break in transit.
- Local Flowers Trump Generic Gifts
Distant family can benefit from a more special experience. Instead of racking your brains for the most meaningful gift, why not send a Christmas flowers this year? You will be able to contribute to decorating a loved one’s home, which will feel all the more special if you can’t be there in person to help. Send a loving message with your blooming gift; the flowers should last through the season if you time its arrival wisely.
- Gift an Experience
People rarely need more things, but they do love an experience. Think of handing out restaurant gift cards, movie tickets, concert tickets or coupons for adventurous activities. Look at local organizations to see their offerings: There may be deals for specialty classes or activities your loved ones may be eager to try. And, as always, a personalized bouquet will delight the senses – pick the recipients’ favorite flowers so they can enjoy the colors and arrangement, smell the gorgeous scents and have fun with the aesthetic pleasure of decorating their personal space with something sent with love.
With a bit of organization, creativity and willingness to plan ahead, checking presents off your list should be a breeze. Relax and take pleasure in thinking of others, and here’s hoping that you win at preparing for the holidays this year!