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The holiday season is often thought of as a time of twinkling lights, cozy fires, and good cheer. But let’s be real – it’s not all about joy and happiness. Stressed shoppers, diminishing bank accounts, and an overflow of shipping boxes can also be part of the holiday experience.
So, how can you make holiday shopping more efficient and less expensive? Here are some tips to help you tackle that long gift list.
Creating lists of the people you need to buy gifts for and the gift ideas for each person can help you stay organized. You can also check online wish lists for more gift ideas. Use your lists to plan trips to stores that carry multiple items, and cross off names once you’ve purchased their gifts.
The earlier you start planning your gift-buying, the better. Take advantage of seasonal sales and spread out your spending over several months. Comparison shopping and looking for online deals can also help you minimize your spending.
DIY gifts can be a smart way to save money. You don’t have to be a crafting expert to make homemade goods like cookies, salsa, jams, or photo gifts. You can also offer the gift of your time, such as free babysitting or housecleaning.
Encourage friends and relatives to create wish lists to make it easier for you to choose the perfect gift. Websites like Giftster.com make it easy to share and find holiday wish lists.
Consider organizing a gift exchange to save time and money. Secret Santa and White Elephant exchanges are fun ways to ensure everyone leaves with a gift.
So, with these tips in mind, go forth and conquer your holiday shopping list with ease. Happy gifting!