Holiday planning Can Be Less Stressful Than You Think
Holiday shopping can indeed be overwhelming as you seize the parking slot, jostle through the crowd, bargain belligerently and then freak out seeing your monstrous credit-card bills. Indiscriminate shopping in the eleventh hour will surely not get you anywhere. You need to be organized, disciplined and targeted. Let’s take a look at some things that you can do to ensure a stress-free experience.
Make a list
Start out by making a list of gifts. No matter how small the gift is, it should be there in your list. It will be worthwhile to spend some time thinking about an ideal gift for each person. Perhaps, recalling conversation with them or taking their interest into account may be helpful. Always remember, bigger is not always better and the gift is a beautiful way to express your gratitude, love and affection.
Have a wish list
Fetching gifts for family can be an ordeal especially when you wish to become Santa Claus for them. A wish list will simplify things for you. You will neither crack your brain thinking about a perfect Christmas gift nor will you break your bank. Furthermore, the wish list will prevent irrational instances of impulsive buying.
Before you actually go out for holiday shopping, some window shopping can help you to know all about the places where best prices and deals are available. Internet is also a good place to ascertain the trends, sales and discounts. Consumerreports.org is a good site to find expert reviews on anything under the sun. For price comparison, you can safely rely upon Pricegrabber.com. Amazon.com and Cnet.com are excellent places to find out what people are buying. If you have started pretty early, you can make a big saving while using different apps to find out the lowest price as well as coupons.
Spread it out
Instead of doing everything in one day, spread it out to bring down the stress level. Always carry the gift list in your handbag. Even if you are out for grocery shopping, keep your eyes open. You might find something from your list. By the time you reach December, you will surely have ticked off quite a few items on your list. Until you pack off the gifts, keep the receipts safely. You might need them, if you ever change your mind.
Last minute benefits
These are not just limited to massive discounts and sales. If most of your holiday shopping is being done online, look for merchants who’re providing free shipping benefits. When the gift list is quite long, free shipping can actually help you to save thousands. Also, your gifts will be delivered before Christmas to your desirable destination all decked up.
Closely associated with holiday shopping is the gift wrapping process. Online merchants usually provide you the option of wrapping and embellishing your gifts to perfection. At a little extra charge, you can get your gifts all wrapped up. While shopping in brick and mortar shops, make use of gift-wrapping services offered by them particularly, if these services are being staffed by scouting group or school kids. You will be contributing to a good cause.