A stress free Christmas shopping season is possible. Keep reading to find out how!
Well, my friend, the holiday season is upon us and that means we let the Christmas shopping commence. If you are anything like me you’re already asking yourself questions like “how can I save money for Christmas shopping?” or “how can I Christmas shop on a tight budget.” Meanwhile, you are also mentally preparing for all the stress that comes with the holiday season.
Now obviously this can be a really stressful time of the year but with the right plan in place and a little mindfulness, it doesn’t have to be so bad. I want to help you have a stress free Christmas shopping season so I prepared my top five tips that will not only help you shop stress free this holiday season but will also save you money! Let’s get to it!
5 Tips For A Stress Free Christmas Shopping Season
Create Your Christmas Shopping List
This is the first and most important thing you should do if you want to have a stress free Christmas shopping trip. Who will you be buying for this Christmas season? Write each person down on a list, so that you know who you are buying gifts for.
Another thing I like to include on my Christmas shopping list is some ideas of what I think each person would like, and I even include a monetary limit for each person on the list. This is so helpful to do ahead of time because you’ll already know who you are shopping for, an idea of what you are getting them, and most importantly a budget for each person on your list.
This will help you have a stress free Christmas because there will be no need for deciding at the store or making an impulse buy because you’ll already have a plan.
Here’s a bonus stress free Christmas shopping tip: Once your shopping list is complete, give it a go over and see who can be removed and sent a Christmas card instead. It’s the thought that counts right?
Start your Christmas shopping early
You have probably heard this stress free Christmas shopping tip before but have you ever really implemented it? Last Christmas shopping season I finally did! I got all of my shopping done by October and I can’t even begin to tell you how good it felt when December rolled around and I didn’t have to worry about shopping. Talk about a stress free Christmas yall!
This is a stress free Christmas tip I share with everyone because time flies and before you know it Christmas day is right around the corner. And then you find yourself Christmas shopping at the very last minute, getting stuck in crowds, fighting the cold weather, and facing the possibility that the gift you were searching for is already out of stock!
Don’t let this be you. Start your Christmas shopping season as early as possible, especially if you have a lot of people to shop for.
Don’t Christmas shop when you are tired
Christmas shopping when you are tired is like grocery shopping when you are hungry. Don’t do it! In order to have a stress free Christmas shopping trip, it’s best you shop when you are awake, alert, and energized.
This is especially true if you are shopping on heavy Christmas shopping days like Black Friday and Christmas Eve. You will get more done if you are rested and awake and you will also put more meaning into your shopping gifts.
Handmake or DIY your Christmas Gifts
I feel like there is so much more meaning behind a Christmas gift that is handmade. If you are a crafty person then this stress free Christmas shopping tip is for you. If you are not crafty or creative at all, you may want to skip this option as it might bring on some stress to create a really great gift when you don’t have the skills for it.
But again a handmade gift does have way more meaning and it’ll most likely save you some money at the same time. I recommend you weigh out your options and your skill level on this stress free Christmas tip. For a list of handmade gift ideas click here: 25 Handmade Christmas Ideas
Christmas Shop Online and Take Advantage of Holiday Sales and Coupons
This is a great stress free Christmas shopping tip that will help you avoid the fear and anxiety of a big crowd. I don’t know about you but I don’t like being in a big crowd. It is overwhelming, scary, and draining!
I shop online every chance I get. I even order my groceries online and another amazing thing that I love about online shopping is that I get full control over my final total before hitting that buy button. This is especially helpful if you are taking advantage of tip #1 and trying to stay under a certain budget for each Christmas gift. If you go over your budget you can go back to your cart and make adjustments, something you can’t easily do at the store register.
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Final thoughts on stress free Christmas Shopping Tips
I totally get that these tips sound a little redundant and like you’ve already heard them before and you know what I am completely ok with that! I am willing to bet that even though you may have heard these stress free Christmas tips before, you probably have not acted upon them.
Well, not this year! This Christmas shopping season is your time to really go the extra mile to make sure you are stress free and that you actually enjoy checking off your Christmas list. You can do this! Happy shopping!