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The holidays are rolling around once again--and fast. It's just under a hundred days until Christmas, and if you haven't begun writing down your gift lists, then it's about time you started. Before you know it, the time to gather the presents underneath the tree will come. You don't want to have another one of those Christmases where you spent the last few days before the twenty-fourth running around, doing some last-minute shopping now, do you?
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and you can keep it that way by being organized, orderly, and most especially prepared with all the chores you need to do and gifts you need to buy by doing it all ahead of time. Here are six early holiday shopping tips to help make this holiday season less stress-free and more blissful:
1. Make a shopping list and check it twice.
Before hitting the shops, make a list with all the people you need to buy presents for and make a copy (just in case you lose the original one.) Double check and go over it at least twice to make sure that you didn't forget anybody.
2. Set a budget and stick with it.
It's a good idea to include the budget for the gift beside the recipient's name on your shopping list. Total everything when you're done, and make the necessary adjustments in case the full amount is more than you're willing (or are capable) of spending this holiday season.
3. Start your shopping early.
We can't stress this enough: start working your way through your gifting list early. This way, you can miss the usual commotion and having to push through hoards of last-minute shoppers to get your shopping done.
4. Take advantage of sales and online promos.
Shop while the sales are still hot! Get your shopping lists done as early as possible so you can start shopping for the people on it while Cyber Monday and Black Friday sales are in full force. Some retailers also offer exclusive online sales and promotions, so remember to check for deals on the web whenever you can.
5. Remember: It's the thought, not the price.
Keep in mind that not all expensive gifts are good or are liked by the recipient. The age-old adage still holds true: it's the thought that counts. So instead of going for generic gifts, try shopping for items that you know the recipient would really like and use.
6. Shop comfortably and preferably alone.
It's important to keep your focus when you're doing your holiday shopping, so we recommend that you go at it alone. Go on separate shopping trips to bond with your siblings or girlfriends, but better go solo when you want to get some serious shopping done. Also make sure to dress comfortably (read: flats, jeans, and a comfy top) so you can concentrate more on the task at hand.
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