Christmas is almost around the corner, and if you’re already feeling the festive season – welcome to the club! This holiday is all about the spirit of giving, which is why so many people have already started looking for perfect presents for their loved ones. Here’s a useful guide on how to buy all your Christmas gifts in just one hour.
Last-minute Christmas shopping isn’t really the best time to be elaborate, so it’s best to forget about complex presents and focus on simplicity instead. This doesn’t mean that you should feel guilty either. In fact, simple gifts can be amazing life-savers which can make your loved ones truly happy.
If you know that your mom loves coffee, get her a package of the world’s finest Arabica coffee beans, together with a new festive mug. Book lovers will always appreciate a good book – anything from Kazuo Ishiguro, this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, will be highly appreciated. Music lovers will be thrilled to get a new CD (or you can even burn a personalized playlist to a blank one). A box of Belgian handcrafted chocolates will please anyone who has a sweet tooth.
Make sure you avoid super-crowded shops
You won’t be able to buy all your Christmas gifts quickly if you go in the peak shopping hours or select shops which are over-crowded. First of all, you’ll be tempted to overspend in such a situation, since you’ll be under pressure to get everything you need while zigzagging through a crowd of people who are trying to do the same.
That’s exactly why you need to come up with a detailed plan which includes a list of stores you’ll go to (just a couple of them, not more). If you want to skip all that bedlam, you should definitely avoid places that offer last-minute sales, because these can get particularly chaotic. Also, you can always opt for online shopping – Etsy and eBay are perfect places to start your search.
Maximize your shopping efficiency
What does this actually mean? Well, it means that you should choose places like department stores, where you can find different kinds of gifts all in one place. From bedding and towels to appliances and electronics, clothes, perfumes, makeup, and cosmetics – you can probably find all of them at your local department store. Big drugstores with a wide range of goodies are also a great idea, as well as garden centres with gift shops.
Remember that getting as many presents as you can in one place maximizes your efficiency, which means that you’ll be done with your Christmas shopping in no time. And if you’re really lucky, it can even be a one-stop shopping!
Think outside the box
Yes, we’ve said that you should keep it as simple as possible, but you can always think outside the box and come up with fantastic gifts your loved ones will simply adore. Even though these are slightly unconventional, gift cards or different vouchers you can print out from the comfort of your home can be really wonderful presents that are useful at the same time. If you know that your friend would like to take dance classes, you can find a school that offers beginner dance classes for adults, pay for a monthly tuition, and make them beyond happy. Any other type of membership or month club is also welcome, especially if you’re familiar with interests and preferences of a person who will receive your gift.
As you can see, there are so many ways to nail your Christmas shopping like a pro in just an hour or so, thanks to our useful tips that’ll make your life much easier. Just make sure you stick to them and you’ll see that it really is possible to get all the gifts for your loved ones without unnecessary pressure or anxiety.