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With the holidays around the corner, many dread the moment they need to go gift shopping. Some people buy all the gifts in one single trip to the mall, while others spend several days gift shopping. There is no perfect shopping method for Christmas gifts, but there are a couple of things you could do to save some money and time.

  • Make a list and get organised

Sometimes we can buy more gifts than needed just because we go shopping without a plan and a gift list. Although you might not know the exact items you want to purchase for each important person in your life, you can make a list of people and think about a budget. You might want to spend more money on some people and less on others. However, assigning a budget for each person and sticking to it is essential. There is room for flexibility, but the main goal is to have enough for everyone on the list.

  • Create a Shopping Plan and Include All Types of Stores

Most of the time, people tend to go gift shopping at the mall and spend their money in big anchor stores. There are smaller shops some might have never considered buying gifts from, and most have holiday discounts. Some stores from where you can buy Christmas presents are drugstores, supermarkets, coffee shops, chocolate shops, online, and Christmas fares.
Buying in bulk might be a great idea

If you have a big family, you can buy the same item in different sizes or colors and benefit from bulk discounts. For example, you could buy Christmas mugs for everyone, skincare products, or the same type of toy. In addition, gift cards can be a perfect present for some people who enjoy shopping for their own presents.

  • Shop smart and save time

Although you might be tempted to buy everything in one trip, you can overspend just because you are tired and want to finish buying all the gifts. Buying all the gifts on the same day does not necessarily translate into saving time. You can save time and money by getting organized, deciding which shops to go to, and splitting the gift shopping journey into several days. Shopping online might be the best idea if you buy beforehand and make sure everything will arrive in time for Christmas.

Elizabeth G. Cole
Elizabeth used to be an English teacher, but she left her old job so she could raise her children and get more involved with saving the environment. She is passionate about the Planet and loves to cover this topic, but also enjoys to write about family and children activities.