Gifts are something that we all have to buy at some point in the year. There are birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries that could all warrant a gift or two. Even though we know these things are coming up, quite a lot of us can leave buying gifts until quite late. It can be a little stressful if you’ve left things a bit last minute. Especially when it is a busy time around the holidays. But it is important to remember to not panic! There are plenty of options out there for you. All’s not lost if you have to do some last minute shopping. So here are some of my survival tips to keep you sane as you shop.
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Shop Online Where Possible
A lot of retailers offer super fast shipping. Quite often it will be next day or express shipping. It might cost you a little more, but then you can relax knowing that the gifts will be arriving shortly. If you are a little stressed, it helps to shop online too. You can take your time and browse, without having other people surrounding you. It might help you to stop any impulse buying. So it is good in many ways. You might even find that some stores have exclusive online discounts. So check out the stores that you would normally buy from. If you can find a Kmart Discount or a Bath and Body Works discount, then it will help a lot, right?
Think of Unique Gifts
Some gifts don’t require an actual physical gift to present to the recipient. There are options for gifts that you can just print out right in your own home. You could order them something like a magazine subscription, for example. It is something that they wouldn’t really choose for themselves but will be a great gift to get. Just think about what their favorite would be. Getting something in the mail each month would be fun. You could order them gift certificates or even something like a gym membership. Something like that would not be expected as a gift. But it would be received well for sure.
It might be a good idea to make some gifts for a nice change. Think about neighbor gifts for the holidays, for example. You could make some homemade treats to give to out to them. Or even layering ingredients in a mason jar, for them to make by themselves. Homemade gifts are super thoughtful and can quite often save you a bit of money. If crafts aren’t a big thing of yours, then you could put together a gift basket or hamper. Fill a basket or box with some favorite treats of your recipient. It could be their favorite foods or drinks. It could even be a theme hamper with things like movies and popcorn. It certainly makes it for a fun gift!
Have you got any tips for when you buy last minute gifts for others? It would be great to hear what you do when it is a little last minute.