The fact that most Christmas shoppers wait until the last minute is evident by the crowds who flock to malls and shopping centers in the final days before Christmas. While waiting in line or circling the parking lot for a space, do you ever wonder how that one acquaintance is home relaxing and sipping eggnog instead of dealing with the holiday craziness? How did they finish their shopping list before you even began thinking about it? The “secret” is early Christmas shopping. With these three methods, you too can focus on other things in November and December.
Never Too Early
One of the best ways to get your Christmas shopping done early is to do some of next year’s shopping in the first few days after Christmas. Although the stores are usually quite crowded on these days, there is not the same sense of urgency which prevails in the days just before Christmas. The atmosphere is more relaxed and many stores are holding sales. Not only can you do a large portion of your shopping, but you are also likely to save a great deal of money in the process. This is also an excellent time to shop because you are likely still in the Christmas spirit.
Another method of early Christmas shopping is to plan on doing your shopping online this year. Most retailers will wrap the item for you and ship it directly to the recipient. You will pay a little more for these services but the convenience of not having to do the wrapping yourself or stand in long lines at the post office is certainly worth the extra fee. Committing to Christmas shopping online really helps you get your shopping done early because you know you have to make your purchases early in order for them to arrive on time.
Happy Birthday, Part 2
More early Christmas shopping can be planned when purchasing two gifts for each person on your list at the time of their birthday. You can give them the first gift for their birthday and store the other item away until Christmas. This is a great idea because it helps you to get your shopping done early so you can avoid the hassle of going to overcrowded malls and shopping centers and searching for last minute Christmas gifts.
If you follow this simple strategy when the Christmas season arrives, you will already have most, if not all, of your Christmas gifts purchased already. You can spend your time relaxing and enjoying the holiday season instead of running around trying to find the perfect gift for each person on your list. While this strategy is effective, it is important to note you could be destined to some last minute shopping anyway. if you have people on your list who have birthdays in late December, you will have to plan ahead and purchase their birthday and Christmas gifts early.