Christmas is two days away and you still haven’t finished buying gifts for your loved ones? Don’t worry, I’m just as guilty. Knowing when and where to shop will help save you time and money in these last hours of the Christmas shopping season. So, before you go into a desperate shopping frenzy, check out these last minute shopping tips. You’ll find everything you need with plenty of time to spare, and nobody on your list will know you procrastinated…..again.

Shop Online: If you want to avoid the crowds and long lines, go online to purchase your gifts. Just be ready to pay higher shipping fees if you want it in the next two days. Also, keep your eyes open for deals! Many retailers have offered lower prices online this year versus shopping in stores.

Wait until the weekend after Christmas: You’ve waited this long, why not wait just a few more days! The sales after Christmas are usually the best deals of the year as stores are trying to prepare for spring inventory. Check out this list of things you should wait and buy after Christmas to help you save a few extra dollars this holiday season!

Baked Goods: Did you bake more cookies than necessary this year and are unsure what to do with all of them? Well I have the perfect answer for you. Give them away as Christmas gifts! Those diets aren’t starting until after the new year, right? Christmas doesn’t have to be all about buying the most expensive gifts, it’s the thought that counts. Your guests will be just as excited to receive baked goods from you as they would if you went out and bought a gift from the store!

Give a Gift Card: Almost every retailer offers gift cards now, so forget the idea that plastic is an impersonal gift. After all, who wouldn’t want to go on a shopping spree at one of their favorite stores? To dress it up a little, add a personal touch, such as a coffee mug filled with their favorite candy or a gift card to a book store tucked into their favorite novel.

Re-gift? Alright, I’m not necessarily recommending this, but if you are desperate and in a time crunch, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. We all know that there are those gifts we get from our loved ones that sort of go…. unnoticed. Instead of letting it go to waste, wrap it up and give it to someone who would greatly appreciate it. Just a reminder: Don’t get caught 😉 (Did I mention, I don’t recommend this?)

With these tips, I wish you the best of luck in your last minute Christmas shopping adventures! Merry Christmas everyone!

 
Until next week,

Jessica M.

 

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