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Tips for Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers

Some people are experts at the Holiday shopping. They start shopping for Christmas at the beginning of the New Year, searching for deals year-round. They squirrel away gifts in closets and attics to have them ready for the holidays well in advance.

On the other hand, some people don’t enjoy shopping. They wake up a week before Christmas, realize they have nothing under the tree, and they go into panic mode. If you usually find yourself in this camp, we have a few tips to help you.

If you have a week before the holiday get-togethers, try these options:

Shop online 
Shopping online will save you time as well as enable you to compare prices at various stores.

Shop at department stores offering extended sales
Because of the Pandemic, many stores want to avoid the usual holiday rush on Black Friday. Stores like Target, Best Buy, and Walmart offer extended sales events starting now and lasting until the Holidays. This allows you to shop the last week before Christmas and still get comparable Black Friday prices. Check the stores’ website for specific details.

Gift basket of small items
Buy small gifts like perfume, candles, envelopes of hot cocoa, a journal, whatever you think the gift recipient may enjoy, and put those items into a small decorative basket or box.

If only have a few hours left before the holiday, try these options:

Give a subscription box
Subscription boxes are an easy gift to purchase that continues giving year-round. There are various subscriptions to choose from such as clothes, pajamas, unique gadgets, makeup, and self-care. There are subscription boxes for children that deliver toys, art and science projects, and books each month. Amazon has many of these subscription boxes available through their site.

Give a membership
Pay for a year’s membership to Amazon Prime, or a few months of Netflix, a wine club, or a coffee of the month club.

Give a gift card
These are available at most retail outlets, particularly the big chains. You can get them for specific restaurants or stores or purchase a Visa Gift card. You can also check with your financial institution to see if they offer Visa gift card.


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