If there’s one thing that never changed, it’s the all-prevailing holiday rush that survived a pandemic and quarantine measures. We know the drill: Christmas songs popping up on the radio, socially distanced face-to face dinners with your long-time friends, themed Zoom parties left and right, and of course, all the shopping you have to do for gifts!
To avoid panicking what to give to your buddies and fambam last minute, here are some handy dandy tips on how to shop for gifts hassle-free.
Make a list
Don’t want to go overboard on your holiday spending? There’s one simple way to combat that. Make a list, check it twice, and stick to it. Don’t be tempted to give everyone in your life a gift. We promise, it’s okay to pick your (gifting) battles. Add a budget per recipient and list down what you’ll be getting. There are plenty of apps you can use in making and organizing this list, or you could just stick to good ‘ol paper and pen.
Order in advance
If you’re planning to have your gifts delivered to your loved ones, you don’t have to wait for Christmas Eve or the week of to book your orders from your favorite shops. Plan weeks ahead and avail of value for money purchases that you can order in advance. You can rest easy knowing that your gift will be delivered on the intended day.
Research, research, research
There’s no better time to put your snooping skills to good use than today. If you want to add more thought into your gifts, take a peek into your loved ones social media to have an idea of their current interests. Asking nonchalant probing questions can work too depending on your closeness level, of course.
Shop for gift sets
While gift sets can be pricier than your usual single item gift, it’s one of the best ways to show your appreciation and care to the ones you hold dear. Save these for those on your ‘splurge’ list, be it the BFFs you are closest with, your significant other, or immediate members of your family. Just imagine their faces light up on Christmas morning opening up a special present of their favorite things. Isn’t that the best feeling ever? Not to mention, gift sets save you from the additional time you’ll need to wrap every single gift.