With the 2016 holiday season in full throttle, we thought it would be a good time to discuss some helpful tips when it comes to shopping for the perfect gift.
- Start early. Year after year, we’re amazed at how many people wait until the last minute to do their holiday shopping. While last minute shopping is perfectly fine for many people, there are several drawbacks. One, you won’t find the same selection you would earlier on in the season. And two, finishing your holiday shopping earlier will give you peace of mind. It’s a nice feeling knowing that you accomplished everything that you needed to so that you can spend the rest of your time relaxing and enjoying the holidays.
- Set a budget. Determining how much you can afford to spend on holiday gifts before actually purchasing them can be a life saver later on down the road. If you’re afraid about overspending, bring cash along with you instead of a credit card to ensure you don’t spend more than you can afford.
- Make a list. Write down the names of everyone you need to get gifts for. Next to their names, write down a few facts about what each individual is most interested in. Doing so will help you come up with gift ideas while also avoiding the embarrassment and heartbreak that comes with accidentally forgetting about someone you should have gotten a gift for.
- Save on wrapping paper. Wrapping presents is not only time consuming, it can be expensive as well. Some generous retailers will offer courtesy gift wrapping with any purchase, so make sure to ask if this is the case when doing your holiday shopping.
- Search for the best value. Don’t just search for the highest percentage off. Some retailers are known for raising their prices during the holiday season and then offering a high percentage off on all purchases. You may think you’re getting a good deal, but in reality, you’re actually paying the same price that you would during any other time of the year.
- Get advice. Ask friends and family members about whether or not the gift you’re thinking about presenting is the right one for the recipient. Doing so can either solidify your decision or sway you to come up with another idea.
- Consider return policies. Mistakes do happen and if for some reason, the recipient of your gift is not completely infatuated with your present, you want to be able to return it without any major complications. Always make sure that your chosen retailer has a return policy you agree with.
Happy shopping and have a wonderful holiday season!