Every year, around this time, most people have already made their rounds at the mall, ordered everything online, wrapped and placed presents under the tree. That’s not me!
I don’t know about you guys but I’m a bit of a procrastinator…especially during the holidays. No matter how far in advance I plan, I often leave gift buying to the last week before the big day. I know, I know…most of you are probably cringing right now. I actually have a Holiday tradition shopping on the 24th! During this time of year, it’s hard to spend time shopping; dealing with traffic, parking…it’s a nightmare.
Take it from me, procrastination is the worst, especially during the Holidays. Even though us procrastinators have left most things to the last minute there is still time to get it together.
Make a List, Check it Twice
I can’t remember how many times I didn’t make a list, thinking I’d remember everything, to realize later I didn’t. Having a list with options for everyone and backup gift ideas is a necessity. Often, when you’re shopping things can get a little hectic and forgetting ideas is bound to happen.
Don’t Shop for Yourself
Okay, I don’t know if this happens to other people – every time you go gift shopping you inevitably see something you like for yourself and buy it. As the trip goes on, you end up with a few more things for you than for those on your list. Or, am I just the odd one out here?! This type of shopping trip often derails my plans. This is why its so important to know where you’re going to go ahead of time – wandering often leads to trouble.
Money and Gift Cards
Although, they’re not my first choice for gifts, sometimes they’re a great option for some people who have their eye on a big purchase like a camera, luxury goods or clothes. I suggest pairing these options with a few smaller items, like a nice candle from Joe Malone and a book or other practical things that can work. Sometimes, I like to create a gift basket with a few of their favourite things, along with money in a card or a gift card.
I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Holiday season! Thanks for reading! xo