The festive season is around the corner and it is needless to say how much we love planning all the shopping for our friends and family during this time. Black Friday officially marks the beginning of Christmas Shopping, owing to the long weekend after Thanksgiving. Black Friday Shopping is one of the most loved events for numerous consumers because of the grand discount shopping offers by most of the retailers however it can also be quite stressful owing to the incessant crowd and the mad rush everywhere.
If you are yet to begin your Christmas shopping and the thought of it is already stressing you out, do not worry. Here we have shared 5 handy tips to make your shopping experience easy, cheaper and stress free.
•Make a List
Begin with making a list of the names of people you intend to buy a gift for, irrespective of how small it might be. Prepare a rough idea of the kind of gift you intend to present and the maximum amount you are willing to spend against each of them. Make changes to fit your gifting budget into this list.
If you are not sure about a specific product or brand you can log onto the computer to read authentic reviews before making a choice. You can also consider buying your Christmas gift online, especially on Cyber Monday. However, if you have already missed it, you can log onto websites such as GoGoShopper.com which have lots of deals, discounts and online store coupons from numerous large and small scale retailers running throughout the year.
•Visit Yard Sales
Yard Sales can be most frequently seen during the festive season as many families tend to replace their belongings during this time. If you look out carefully, you can make some neat bargains at yard sales such as antique furniture and decorative items.
If you have received a gift during this year which you did not like or would not require, do not return it to the store. Re-gifting works best with books and china. You just have to make sure that you are not gifting it to the same person who presented you with the gift! Also, if you have purchased a book which you have finished reading or you no longer intend to read, you can use it as a gift.
•Do It Yourself
With an ever growing obsession with everything handmade, homespun and crafty, you could well consider owning a few DIY projects so that you can present something which is well thought and personalized. You can avoid all the madness in the malls by baking a tin of cookies, sew personalized cushion covers, photo frames, scented candles, table mats or make some artsy wall hangings. Look up online for various DIY ideas and inspirations.
With the above ideas, you can strictly adhere to your holiday budget and effectively cut down on all the stress and extravagance.
Happiness and Bliss to you!