4 Tips for No-Sweat Holiday Shopping
The pressure to begin holiday shopping seems to come earlier each year. Perhaps it’s the holiday-themed commercials peppered between scenes of our favorite shows or the seasonal music sounding in the department stores, but falling leaves mean holiday shopping season has arrived. Some people full-on embrace the festiveness, but if holiday shopping isn’t your thing, you’re hardly alone. Thankfully, we’ve come up with four no-sweat tips to make it easier than ever. Here’s how to check off all the people on your list without losing any cheer this holiday season.
Make a List
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season just around the corner, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There’s the ever-expanding list of people to buy for, the fear of forgetting someone important, and the pressure to get the perfect gifts. This year, simplify things by writing it all down. Start by listing out the most important people on your list, followed by anyone outside your inner circle that you’d like to include. Budget appropriately by writing approximate dollar amounts next to each person’s name. Then the fun part: Select gifts that fit within the budgeted amount. Making a list is a great way to ensure you don’t forget anyone, and stay on budget.
Creating and budgeting for your list of holiday gift recipients can be tricky, which it why it’s important to look it over more than once. Sometimes the people closest to you are the easiest to forget. It’s also important to check your list for inconsistencies. Think about what you got your running partner last year, so you can be sure to gift them with a different surprise this year. It’s better to make and confirm these decisions before you let the list guide your holiday shopping adventure.
Keep it Cool and Simple
Here’s the biggest secret to no-sweat shopping: You don’t have to leave your house. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, turn on your favorite holiday film and let your fingers do the shopping. Why stand in long lines when the perfect gifts are a click away? Shopping online is safer than ever before, and with the boxes delivered straight to your door, all you need to do is pull out the wrapping paper.
Give with Confidence
If you’ve followed the previous steps, this one should be a breeze. Your perfectly selected, high-quality gifts should arrive with plenty of time to spare. So when the big day rolls around, you’ll give with confidence, which is the best gift you can give yourself this holiday season.