IT’S two weeks before Christmas and you’re still completing your shopping list. Don’t panic! Before going into a desperate shopping frenzy, check out these tips so you can find everything you need with time to spare.
Make a list and check it wise.
One of the traps of last-minute shopping is going over budget. Before you rush to any store, make a list of how much budget you can spend on each person you are buying for and stick to it. Leave the store as soon as you’ve crossed everyone off your list.
Set time limit in shopping
Store owners have set tricks to get customers linger in their stores like playing catchy holiday music or scenting the air with holiday smells to urge you to buy on impulse. Immediately make plans to limit the amount of time you spend in the mall. The less time you spend shopping means less temptation to overspend.
Most online retailers guarantee delivery up to a few days before Christmas, so skip the mall and shop online for your gifts instead. You can avoid the hustle and bustle of the holiday crowds, and you can either ship your gifts right to the recipient, or have them sent to you.
Gift cards are good alternatives
Forget the idea that plastic is an impersonal gift. Who wouldn’t want to go on a shopping spree at one of their favorite stores. Give it a personal touch like a mug with a gift card to a favorite coffee shop or a gift card to a book store with a classic novel.