10 Tips to Finish Christmas Shopping Early
Don’t hate me, but I am DONE with Christmas shopping. Okay, I need to confer with a SIL about a present for the young niece & nephew, but that is easy-peasy.
How did I successfully complete Christmas shopping EARLY this year? My tips and tools for a successful early shopping season:
- Facebook-if you are friends with your relatives/friends on FB, look to see what they “like” or post to their feed. I got several good ideas for my nephew and his girlfriend just from what they showed or like on Facebook.
- Pinterest-during the year, surf Pinterest. Use searches like “gifts for men” or interests that you know your MIL might enjoy “baking” “Dr Who” you might find some inspired or different ideas. Make a secret pinterest board for your items so you can pin anything. This can give you a good ideas for shopping later.
- ASK ask your SIL what her kids would like for Christmas. ASK them early. When out shopping, ASK them what they think of that scarf or popcorn in a can. Do they really like the smell of that one particular soap? Make a note of that to buy later.. but not too late!
- Etsy– is very cool to find homemade original items. Does your sister like sock monkeys? Would she love a Kindle cover with sock monkeys on it? I bet you can find that on Etsy!
- EARLY Buy early. This is obvious. If you come across a present idea in July, buy it. The key is to NOT forget about it
- LIST -keep your presents together and make a list of what you have bought. I use Evernote. When you get brain fog later in the year, and panic because you think Dad didn’t get a present, consult your list-there it is, magazine subscription, boom, already done and paid for!
- LISTEN and pay attention-when you are having conversations with your loved ones, listen to them. My mom loves her Keurig. She likes hazelnut coffee flavor. One of her presents will be some hazelnut flavored coffee for her Keurig. My parents like to eat little snacks in the evening. I have bought a healthy snack subscription for them for a few months.
- Experiences Make an experiential purchase Purchases like trips, concerts, tend to trump material purchases because the person waiting for the experience elicits more happiness and excitement than a material good. What about an upcoming concert as a present? I bought my dad (and mom) for Father’s Day tickets for a bus safari at The Wilds. I didn’t think they would even use it, but they went the following weekend and had a great time! What about buying movie tickets? Zip lining? Water water rafting trip? Tickets to a local museum? Tickets to make a teddy bear in the mall?
- Hobbies Think about hobbies. My mom went to Hawaii last year, a Christmas present for her. For Christmas, I bought her a scrapbook and tons of decals/stickers/doodads related to vacation and Hawaii, something for her to do in the post Christmas months. Does a loved one knit or crochet? Buy them some yarn supplies. Or scrapbook supplies. Do they run? Go to a running store and buy some gels, or a light for night time running.
- Home made-Do you have a hobby? Are you crafty? You should be making your homemade wooden coasters in July to give away in December. You can work on hand crafted personal calendars any time during the year. Candles? Gifts in a jar? (gifts that are not food, you shouldn’t make food items in August.) Are you a gardener? You can work on fun topiary made from ivy all summer long. What about fresh herbs in a pot? Start them in the summer, bring them inside in the fall and give a pot or two or fresh herbs for cooking. What about buying paperwhites or amaryllis bulbs now, get them started soon, to time them to bloom around Christmas time?
Do you have any early Christmas shopping tips?