Don't you hate when your doing last minute Gift prep and you get stuck in the only line open at your favorite retailer? You wait an hour in queue only to find out that the price you saw on the shelf was for the item above it, not the one you hand picked so stealthily. Your not imagining this type of loathing, it truly exists. This is why you need to heed my tips on avoiding the Holiday muss and fuss.
First off, you need to understand that months before the holidays, online retailers offer free shipping and tons of clearance sales in order to get rid of older merchandise. If you catch them at the right time, you can save anywhere from 50% to 75% off of already reduced markdowns. Plus, you get the convenience of the packages being delivered to your front door. Also, most of these websites provide an email sign up for bonus/reward programs. Take full advantage of anything that can help you on your next shopping journey.
If you decide to shop in-store, make it a priority to go early in the morning so you have plenty of breathing room in order to take your time. Do not hesitate to start months ahead so you can load up your closet full of goodies for your family, friends and co-workers. Check labels and comparison shop against other competitors. If you have a cell phone with you, you can check other stores online for the same product. If you find it cheaper, just save it and look it over when you get home. Also, remember that poorly made products tend to make sourpuss faces during gift giving time. Check for tears, stains, holes or any part defect that might significantly reduce or alter the quality of the present.
Make sure you have lots of patience when it comes to shopping for the holidays. Create a list of what people you know want and like, based off of what you know about them. Take it with you in case you slip on the mental notes. Look up websites that suit their taste and personality, even if it seems too upscale. You will be surprised how many luxury stores have fantastic bargains if you only take your time to look around.
Last but not least, enjoy your free time once your finished. Many stores offer free gift wrapping too! The holidays are meant to be for connecting, sharing and evolving in a sense. Don't let the pressure of gift giving force you into a reclusive state until the last minute. Take it one day at a time until you have completed your agenda and then mix up some hot cocoa with marshmallows. Make the season enjoyable instead of forcing your mind and mood to alter with the crazies. Most of all, lighten up and use your time for what you love doing, partaking in cuisine, listening to music, laughing and enjoying company.