6 Holiday Shopping Tips!


Hello Friends, Happy Tuesday! 
Welcome December! We have reached the last 30 days of the year! With 25 days until Christmas its time to begin to start holiday shopping. It makes me think of this song, and then it gets stuck in my head. "I hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing, ring ting tingle-ing  too come on its lovely weather for a sleigh ride with you." Doesn't it get into the holiday shopping mood. Why does Christmas music gets me in the spirit to shop and think of the holiday season. This year I want to get prepared to shop smart for my loved ones. These 6 holiday shopping tips and tricks as way to be and stay right on track. 



1. DO YOUR RESEARCH

This is the place to start. After you have made a list of the people you are shopping for. Do some serious research. Observe their habits, there likes, ask yourself what do they need to make their everyday lives easier. Write your ideas down and then get to work with your search. You can search through their favorite magazines, their favorite websites and stores. You can conduct your own online research to get your ideas,narrow down your choices and make some final decisions. I think the key to the perfect gift is getting what your loved ones need and want in their lives something they can use or what they verbally said they wanted.
Here check out these Holiday Gift Guides to get a few good ideas: The Everygirl Holiday Gift Guide Beauty Gift Guides under $50
2. PLAN AHEAD 
Create a master gift list of the people you are shopping for. Set a budget for each gift, look at the stores websites to see if there are special offers or membership discounts at department stores. You can also call the sales associate at your nearest shopping mall so they can set aside items for you so just pick it up and eliminate  shopping time. It all comes with planning. Once you are done with your shopping you can schedule your shipping dates for those gifts that need to travel to your loved ones. 
3. SET A BUDGET 
Know what you want to spend. Set a budget for each person and how many gifts you will be getting them. This is time to be disciplined, set your budget and stick to it. We are not in the business of being broke. Leave your credit card at home start paying for your gifts with cash. You can bring your credit card only if it sets you up for rewards or discounts for those gifts you are buying. Paying with cash will help you stay within budget. 

4. SHOP AT LESS BUSY TIMES 

This requires knowing when the high peak times and low peak times are at the shopping mall. You should either plan to go as it first opens or later after dinner hours. That way you can get advice from the sales associates and stylists about certain items and they can really help you out with your final decision. Going at low peak times can help you stay calm and stress free and make your shopping trip more productive. 

*DONT GO TO THE MALL SATURDAY MORNINGS AND EARLY AFTERNOONS! TRY THE WEEKDAYS LIKE A MONDAY OR TUESDAY EVENING!! 


Pro Tip: Get your gifts wrapped as soon as you buy them, try getting them wrapped at the mall. That way you can get two things done at once. 


5. WEAR A COMFORTABLE OUTFIT  

The key to a successful shopping trip is the right outfit (see here for outfit inspiration: What to wear when holiday shopping) You want to be most productive and getting things done and execute. You can definitely get through your master gift list faster when you're comfortable and move through the stores easier. Go green and bring your reusable bags to make your shopping trip fun.
 6. SHOP AT LOCAL BUSINESSES 
The mall is not the only place to shop for gifts. First think outside of the box, think of your local business that may potentially have the items you are looking for. See this list of local businesses in the Washington DC area.  By shopping small we can support out local owners and community. Other ideas can be think of gifts as services (mani-pedi and massage service gifts) Sometimes the best gifts are the sentimental ones, the ones you thought of and have emotional meaning behind it. From making a holiday card, a scrapbook or personalized picture frame. These are all great alternatives to giving Christmas gifts to your loved ones. 

Thank you for Reading. Until Next time. 
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