With the much awaited holiday season fast approaching you’re probably planning a huge shopping list. From home additions to outdoor decors, to the menu list, there’s a lot of things to take care of. Besides, you only get to do this major home planning once a year to bring out the holiday groove within your household. But of course, you’re not just going to grab your pen or pull up your shopping app and start listing the things you need – you need a plan. A plan on how you can purchase all the things on your list and of course, how you can save too.
There are no rules in shopping – really, just tips on how to shop wisely. So, why don’t you check out some of the do’s and don’ts of shopping this holiday season?
The Shopping DO’S AND DON’TS
Shopping is an activity that you should be enjoying and should not get you stressed. Especially this holiday season, you are more likely to be deeply thinking about things you need for your home and the items you wanted to give out to your family and friends.
Don’t – splurge on expensive gadgets just because it’s the latest model.
Do – give your tech-savvy friend or family something that will enable them to extend their battery life wherever they may be.
Don’t – ever buy someone else an underwear unless that person is your significant partner.
Do – scout for a comfy pair of PJs that will be greatly appreciated by anyone who will receive it, why? Because it is something that they least to think of buying for themselves.
Don’t – hesitate to buy something that will replace or upgrade the item your friend or family member use on a daily basis like shoes.
Do – give them a special pair of new shoes that you think will not easily get worn out and still be practical.
Don’t – give someone any jewelry, especially if you are unsure about their accessory preference. Not unless you are sure about what they want, then that’s fine.
Do – try personalized items. Like a necklace with their initials on the pendant or notepad set with their names on it. That will surely make them appreciate your gift more.
Don’t – just give a set of bed sheets just because you are buying for yourself too or because the design is catchy. Unless you are sure about their mattress size, then that’s the time you can give them one too.
Do – consider a warm blanket which they can use while relaxing at home and binge-watching their favorite Netflix series this holiday season.
Don’t – hesitate giving gift cards as a gift or even money inside fancy envelopes. You just don’t know how much they will appreciate it more than material things.
Do – get them a gift card from a shop that they love hanging out or shop at.
Don’t – stick with the holiday season when it comes to gift items.
Do – think of something that they can use at any time or in any season.
Here are other holiday shopping tips that will surely help you become a wiser shopper.
- Stalk item prices online.
Because you have already anticipated that you will be purchasing a lot of items this season, your bank account will surely be stressed. So by checking out prices online and looking for as many bargains as you can, you are just giving yourself the hope of spending less while being able to buy the things you really need.
- Do online shopping.
Shopping online does not only allow you to save time but helps you save a lot too. Rather than getting yourself dive into the pile of people scavenging for all sorts of items in the mall just spend your time wisely at home and with your computer. With a lot of online shops available today that offers free shipping and discounts, you will be thankful that technology has this ability to save you from all the possible hassles.
- Shop on a Tuesday or shop late.
If you shop online, Tuesdays are when retailers offer their best deals and discounts and are also the day when there are fewer people who are shopping at the mall. Whilst, you can also drop by the shop after 6 p.m. where there are also lesser people shopping and some retailers are already preparing their sales for the following day. At least you’ll be the first one to purchase that discounted item.
Before shopping is such a hassle, but now you already have the option to shop virtually and even have your items delivered to you on time. So whether you are shopping for affordable home additions DC, personal gift items, or stuff that you wanted to share with others try to be more practical and more personal. It’s still the thought that really matters.