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Survival Tips for Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers

With only a week to go before Christmas, online shopping options for delivery before Christmas are dwindling.  

That being said, those of us who have waited until now to tackle our shopping lists may be forced to face the hectic department stores which are currently overflowing with other frantic last-minute shoppers.

And by the look of the crowded parking lots, it looks like Santa’s helpers still have plenty to do. So if you feel like you are in a league of your own, don’t panic! There are plenty of us still scrambling to find the right gifts.

Few things stir up anxiety this time of year like the need for last minute holiday shopping. But, if you slow down, take a deep breath, and strategize, you can still ensure your list is complete without breaking the bank and time to spare.

6 Tips to Get You through the Final Holiday Shopping Days

  1. Never let them see you sweat- Take a deep breath, drink some eggnog, make sure your list is complete, and prepare to conquer the chaotic stores. The trick to successful last-minute shopping is to keep your blood pressure in tact while breezing through your list and checking it twice.
  2. Stick to your list- when the number of shopping days left until Christmas starts to dwindle down, common sense while spending can often disappear. Overspending can be easy with last-minute shopping. That’s why it’s important to make a list with budgeted amounts next to each gift and stick to it!
  3. Get thrifty- because last-minute buying often makes consumers feel like they are spending a lot at once, you may want to check out discount stores (flea markets and consignment shops). You won’t pay department store prices at thrift stores and you can typically find a variety of the gifts you are looking for.  
  4. Don’t shop until you drop- take breaks in between shopping destinations to refuel and get some rest. Yes, it’s true you are on limited time, but what’s the point in finding the right gifts if you are too burnt out from exhaustion to enjoy giving them those you love. Try keeping your thoughts collected while shopping so you don’t overspend or settle for gifts you had no intention in purchasing.
  5. Compare and save- before running out on a wild goose chase to every store, do research online beforehand and even call around a bit to ensure you are getting the lowest price possible. Don’t automatically pay a fortune simply because you are limited on time. Know the numbers before leaving the house.
  6. Do-it-yourself- use your creativity and talent to make great gifts for the ones you love.  Handprint clay Christmas ornaments and step stones are the perfect gifts for parents and grandparents. I don’t know about your family but ours always appreciates delicious holiday baked goods. What’s better is you don’t have to stand in store isles debating over which is the perfect gift to buy! 
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