It’s that time of year again, when the festive adverts appear on TV, and the aisles are packed with gift ideas, decorations, and all the seasonal treats imaginable. If you’re a fan of getting things done early and avoiding last-minute shopping stress, now is the time to start ticking those names off the list and putting presents away ready for Christmas morning. If you’re keen to get into the good books this year, here are some golden rules to follow.
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Take yourself out of the equation
You may want to treat yourself to a gift or two this Christmas, but when you’re looking for inspiration for others, take yourself out of the equation. Focus solely on that person’s interests and look for items or ideas that will appeal to them. Don’t buy a bag for your sister that you love if you have a completely different sense of style. Concentrate on finding something that they would pick out if they were there shopping with you.
Go for want over need
On Christmas Day, you don’t really want to tear open the paper to reveal a collection of essential items for the house, garden or car. Christmas is a time when we can spoil the people we love, so go for gifts that your loved ones would want, rather than things they need. You want to see a beaming smile when they open their present.
Channel their passions
Shopping for other people can be difficult, but you can make life a lot easier by channeling their passions and hobbies. How do they like to spend their time? What do they spend their money on? If you’ve got a fashionable man in your life, why not buy some new jeans, take a look at Dickies jackets or add to their sneaker collection? If your mom loves cooking, invest in a new gadget for the kitchen, a recipe book or some baking classes. If your dad is into sport, browse autobiography titles, book some tickets to a game or order a customized shirt or track top.
Get more for your money
For the majority of us, Christmas is the most expensive time of the year. Typically, the average American spends up to $900 on gifts alone. If you’re keen to buy brilliant gifts without breaking the bank, set a budget in advance, start buying presents early and shop around to get the best deals. At this time of year, you’ll find that retailers offer discounts and flash sales to try and outdo competitors. If you’re not already signed up to discount shopping sites or you haven’t subscribed to the mailing lists of your favorite stores, do this now, and you could save a fortune on your shopping.
Christmas is coming, and it’s always a good idea to try and plan ahead. While shopping under pressure on Christmas Eve can be exhilarating, most of us would rather have our feet up in front of the fire. Use your loved ones’ interests and passions to get inspiration, shop around for great deals and offers, and try and put your own taste and style to one side.