Your holiday shopping guide

Four ways to cut through the clutter this holiday season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for you and your family, it’s also the busiest. The holidays bring trips to book, parties to plan, meals to cook, homes to clean and of course, work and school schedules to manage. On top of that, you have to tackle perhaps the most daunting task of all – the holiday shopping list.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for you and your family, it’s also the busiest. The holidays bring trips to book, parties to plan, meals to cook, homes to clean and of course, work and school schedules to manage. On top of that, you have to tackle perhaps the most daunting task of all – the holiday shopping list.Can it be done? Of course it can!

But you can make it a little easier with these four tips guaranteed to cut through the clutter and streamline holiday shopping.

Make your list and check it twice.

Along with making a holiday budget, create a detailed list of everyone you need to buy for. Include specific sizes and the dollar amount you plan to spend on each person to save you time when you hit the store. You can also save your list to your phone for easy access right at your fingertips.

Stock up and spread cheer this year.

Make sure to stock up on a few generic, gender-neutral gifts to have on hand during the holidays should you receive an unexpected gift from your next-door neighbor or mailman. This way, you will be prepared to spread the joy of gifting no matter who shares it first!

Try not to shop at peak times

You know the reasons why, and yet you still find yourself shopping on Christmas Eve with a whole lot of other people who left it until the last minute.

The lines are long, you’re perspiring, and you’ll feel your Christmas cheer ebbing away.

Get to the stores in their quieter hours if you can to make it a more enjoyable experience.

Get out there early

If you see the perfect gift for someone, grab it then and there; don’t wait until later. As we get closer to Dec. 25, the choices will be significantly reduced and you’ll find it more difficult to stay within your budget.

 

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