If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your shopping strategy this holiday season, you’re not alone. Making your list and checking it twice can definitely cause some seasonal stress, but it doesn’t need to be a source of anxiety. Organize your life and your holiday list before you start shopping, and you’ll find that you have more time (and plenty of cheer) to spare come December. Take the time to organize your life and make buying holiday gifts the least stressful part of your season with these tips.
Last-minute shopping can be festive, but it can also mean missing out on the hottest items or the best deals. Starting early gives you plenty of time to pick the perfect gifts for friends and family members. And, as an added bonus, you can score deals that won’t be had closer to the holidays, so early-bird shopping could actually save you money. Shopping early also limits spontaneous shopping trips, where you might overspend or purchase items outside your planned budget.
Choose a One-Stop Shop
Instead of going from store to store, try a retailer that has gifts for several people on your list—or, even better, shop from your couch. Flash sale sites offer a huge variety of clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and even toys to satisfy everyone on your holiday list. If you start early, all of your gifts will arrive to your home with plenty of time to spare. One-stop shopping takes the hectic pace out of gifting, which means you have more time to really savor the season.
Buy Gift Cards (in Bulk!)
Even if you’ve taken steps to streamline your holiday list and organize your life before the holiday season, a last-minute gifting opportunity might crop up. From a little gratitude to your mailman to a last-minute gift for a friend, it’s always a good idea to keep a pack of gift cards on hand. You can purchase gift cards from your favorite stores (and even in variety packs) to hand out as last-minute presents to someone you might have overlooked. Some stores even offer virtual gift cards you can email to your loved ones with a personal message. It’ll take the “oops!” and last-minute shopping woes out of your holiday equation.
Opt for Delivery
You won’t always have the time to hand-deliver everything on your holiday list, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spread cheer and goodwill. You can purchase and schedule a gorgeous holiday flower arrangement ahead of time, and it will be delivered right to the doorstep of someone who would appreciate a thoughtful gift. Opting for delivery means you spend less time in the car and more time celebrating with your friends and family.
The holidays can be stressful, but shopping shouldn’t be a source of anxiety. Some careful planning and organization at the start of the season can help you stay on top of your list, organize your life, and skip the seasonal stress.