Shop­ping on Christ­mas Eve

Hands up if you gen­er­ally leave all of your Christ­mas shop­ping until last minute! Chances are you aren’t alone. How­ever, the good news is that most stores are gen­er­ally still open on Christ­mas Eve for you pro­cras­ti­na­tors out there and thank­fully, there are many use­ful tips out there for Christ­mas Eve shopping:

paper and pencilMake a list – this is actu­ally very impor­tant but often very neglected. Make a list of those you have to shop for and your ideas for what to get them. A small bud­get should also be included. This way, you have a plan of what you need to do and how much you want to spend.

  • Get started early – Many shops and stores tend only to be open until about mid-​afternoon, so it’s best to get an early start on your Christ­mas Eve shop­ping. Also, some stores will also be more quiet and less busy in the morn­ing, so get­ting started early means less hus­tle and bus­tle and you have plenty of time to return home and con­tinue your Christ­mas prep.

  • Pre-​choose your stores – you know your coun­try and you have your list of per­sons and ideas. Why not chose the stores that you are at least 85% cer­tain will have the items you are look­ing for? Then, as a backup, you can also choose a few extra stores that you are sure to find a suit­able gift in, just in case your orig­i­nal idea doesn’t pan out.

gift wrapping servicesSeek a pro­fes­sional gift wrap­per – These are usu­ally in abun­dance on Christ­mas Eve. Now that you have found your gifts, you may not have time to wrap them all. So as you shop, you can drop them off to be wrapped and pick them up when you have fin­ished your rounds.

  • Be thought­ful – on Christ­mas Eve, there will be many spe­cial offers and prices on items. How­ever as attrac­tive as they may seem, do not get sucked in. Think about if that item is really what that indi­vid­ual wants and if they would use it.

  • Take pub­lic trans­porta­tion – as crazy as this sounds, it is a pretty good idea. With the like­li­hood that many, many per­sons have pro­cras­ti­nated on their Christ­mas shop­ping just as you have, it is def­i­nitely best to avoid the issue of park­ing and traffic.

gift cardGive a Gift Card – gift cards are gen­er­ally very under­rated but are also quite appre­ci­ated. You can get a gift card for that individual’s favourite store and this not only saves you time and pos­si­bly money, but it also ensures the per­son will get some­thing he/​she truly likes because let’s face it, who wouldn’t want a free gift card to their favourite store?

  • Shop in unlikely places – one of these places sug­gested are gro­cery stores where you can pick up gift sets, candy and wine – those small appre­ci­a­tion gifts that per­sons tend to like (depend­ing on the giver).

  • Be com­fort­able – this may seem like a given, but often it is not. The hus­tle and bus­tle of the day is one thing, the stress of find­ing gifts is another, so there is no need to add more stress by adding uncom­fort­able shoes to the mix. The most impor­tant thing is get­ting the shop­ping done as quickly and effi­ciently as pos­si­ble – even if you have to bum it a bit with slippers/​flip flops.

manage timeSet a time limit – often, you can get so swept up in the rush and the hype of the Christ­mas shop­ping that the time just flies by and you still have to head home and con­tinue Christ­mas prepa­ra­tions. To avoid this, set a time limit and keep abreast of how long you have left. Believe it or not the less time spent shop­ping on Christ­mas Eve, the less likely you are to over­spend or impulse buy.

These tips should cer­tainly make shop­ping on Christ­mas Eve much less stress­ful. As long as you fol­low them, there should be no issues. Happy Shopping!

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