Are you all tuckered out from your holiday shopping? Let me guess – you didn’t have the endurance to get you through the holiday season? After all, it requires stamina, patience, and a whole lot of preparation. The good news: With a little know-how, anyone can buy great gifts for the people in their lives and save money doing it. Ready? You got this.
Here’s your checklist for next year:
- MAKE A LIST (AND CHECK IT AT LEAST TWICE)
Before adding things to your cart willy-nilly, make a list of everyone you’ll need a gift for this holiday season. Did you remember your cousin? Your child’s teacher? The dogwalker? The neighbor who waters your plants when you’re away? Putting it all in one document will help you make sure you don’t forget anyone. As you shop, make a note of what you bought everyone. That way you can refer to your master list next year and avoid buying Grandma yet another pair of slippers.
- BUY MULTIPLES
If you stumble upon a charming mug or inexpensive candle, don’t be afraid to stock up. Because there will be people you forgot to shop for, or people who surprise you with a gift you weren’t expecting. When that happens, all you’ll need to do is wrap a trinket from your stockpile—no frantic, late-night mall trips required.
- … BUT DON’T BE AFRAID TO PICK UP THE PHONE.
Sometimes it pays to speak to a real person. Customer service reps often keep a record of active promotions, which they may be allowed to pass onto you.
- THINK OUTSIDE THE (GIFT) BOX
Experiences often make the best presents. If you can’t figure out what to get someone on your list, consider gifting them a meal at their favorite restaurant, or a voucher for an activity they’ve always wanted to try.
- SHOP THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
While this year is over – you’re right on time for next year, avoid the holiday scramble all together by shopping year-round. As you think of things your loved ones might appreciate, either buy them then and there or add them to your master list. Headed out on an exotic vacation? Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts while you’re away. Because even the politest of gift recipients can only stomach so many holiday sweaters.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as a part of a campaign I’m doing with Verizon FiOS in New York.