Christmas Gifts: Tips and Tricks

I’m so sorry for not posting lately! I’ve been so busy, and you all can probably expect less posts, unfortunately. I don’t have a lot of time, and I NEED to figure out a way to fit this in, so please, if you have any suggestions let me know. Anyway, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I hope you spent time with family and ate yummy food that is making me hungry just thinking about it and that you all had a great time off from work or school!

I know what some of you are thinking. “How can a teenager educate ME on Christmas shopping?” And you’re probably right. But being a Christmas aficionado, maybe there’s something you can learn from me! A lot of you maybe have already finished Christmas shopping, but maybe you can use these tips and tricks next year, or even for birthdays! I now present to you…Christmas Gifts! Tips and Tricks

 

  • PLAN PLAN PLAN! There is nothing more important! Okay, maybe there is, but I must stress that you must stress to plan! Know what you’re getting who and who you’re getting what. Know when you will get it and how you will get it. Make lists. Fill online shopping carts and maybe even literal ones. Know who you will buy things for and who you will make things for. Sometimes, what helps people is going to a store, looking around and getting inspiration, maybe even buying some gifts along the way. That is also a type of planning, so if that works for you, then go right on ahead! Going to a store to plan is sometimes the best option. For me, planning beforehand works the best. When I don’t plan, I end up with a crappy gift. Don’t end up with a crappy gift. PLAN PLAN PLAN!
  • Find out what method works for you. Online shopping is a favorite of mine, going to a store and actually placing things in a cart is a good strategy as well. I bought all but one of my gifts online, and all were picked out online. Plus, you can shop from the comfort of your own home! Whatever method works is the one you should take on!
  • Keep a budget. If you go over, go back and review what you chose. Are there things you can make? Are there things you could get for cheaper somewhere else? Always check for the best price and the best quality before buying anything. Keep in mind, extremely inexpensive items often are bad in quality, so be sure to check the ratings and reviews. Remember, you get what you pay for (most of the time).
  • Keep an open mind. If you’ve found the perfect gift but it costs too much, think again. Is this really the perfect gift or is there something else less expensive that your gift receiver will be just as happy and grateful for? Can you make it? Making gifts is often more heartfelt, but buying the perfect gift isn’t any less special!
  • Write a card. Write a cute little note in a card, store-bought or handcrafted, and that will make the gift 3x more successful! It’s the thought that counts, so store up your thought in a cute card, tie it with a ribbon and BOOM! Instant appreciation! Works every time…
  • Ask. Ask what they want. Ask what they need.
  • Pay close attention to what they are interested in. Did you bake with your best friends and they loved it? Buy them each a new cupcake pan. Has your sister been staying up late watching football? Buy her a sweatshirt with her favorite teams’ logo printed across the front.
  • Have Fun! I’m not trying for that to sound super cheesy because I mean it. Buying gifts for your family and friends is one of the best parts of the holidays, so use those tips and tricks, whether it’s this year, next year, or years to come!