Shopping Early for Christmas Gifts

by Jim Watson September 14, 2017

Why You Should Start Shopping Early for Christmas Gifts

We ALL know how costly December can be. Between Christmas gifts, heating bills, and managing your family's hot chocolate addiction, it can take quite a toll on our wallets. Decking up the house with twinkling lights, arranging for the family feast and cooking food for the folks can already leave you in a financial strain. Buying Christmas gifts for everyone near Christmas can make this month even more pricey for you.

But wait! You can avoid the unnecessary financial shipwreck if you start shopping early.

You can make a smart move by starting your Christmas shopping early. If you don’t want yourself in the same situation as every other year, then your best bet would be to start planning for Christmas shopping months before its' arrival. Here we are going to enlighten you on why you should always start shopping early for Christmas gifts.

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Planning Is Everything

People who don't plan ahead of time typically find holidays stressful. Shopping near to the big day triggers unwanted Christmas Stress leading to physiological disturbance and anger. But planning months before the season starts can help you to balance out the negative effects. Your budget to buy Christmas gifts is not unlimited. Through planning, you will better be able to know how much you can afford to spend at the end of the month.

 Even last year, 34 million people started shopping for Christmas in September. This constitutes for 14% of Americans. Furthermore, 1 million people reported that they had already finished shopping at that time, as reported by

Shop Smart for Christmas

Buying Christmas gifts for family members, friends, and colleagues can put a serious dent in your pocket. To avoid the unwanted tension, shopping early for Christmas gifts is a great way for you to enjoy the festivities to their fullest.

To avoid all the hassle and last minute glitches, it is great to start planning and finish shopping before hitting the end of November. You can check out the product and price comparisons online to figure out the best price for the gifts you intend to buy.

Looking for Christmas gifts a couple of months before December will help you to pick and choose from a variety of items. You can ponder longer to make the best decision while choosing Christmas gifts mom, dad, the wife, the hubby, or for the kids.

Spread the Cost

Buying Christmas gifts all year round will put less strain on your budget. It will leave more room to enjoy buying Christmas gifts, without any apprehension for paying the credit card bill or spending your full salary on purchasing gifts.

We recommend you start shopping at least 3 to 4 months prior to Christmas, as it can help you spread the cost without disturbing your monthly budget. September is the best month to kick start your Christmas shopping. (Plus the kids are in school, so there's more free time!)

You can make this Christmas season less stressful and more enjoyable if you plan and shop wisely.

Take Time to Choose a Thoughtful Gift

Buying presents is certainly not an easy task, as you always want to leave a good impression. You must keep in mind the choice and personality of the gift recipient. This ultimately makes Christmas shopping complex and time-consuming. At times, you know exactly what you want to buy, while other times you may not have a clear picture or idea of a gift for your loved ones. In such cases,

  • Try the “recipient-centric” approach by finding a gift that triggers the interests of the individual who receives the gift such as buying makeup for your wife or mom if she loves branded makeup products or perfumes.
  • Or try the second approach, “giver-centric”, which focuses on the giver’s interests as an expression of something that you want to share or something that displays your emotions like buying a wrist watch or a necklace to make your partner feel special.

If you are still uncertain, don't worry. You will have plenty of time to think it over if you begin shopping early. 

Don’t Forget to Buy Emergency Presents

Keep a supply of ‘emergency’ gifts to avoid one-sided gifting. We've all been in that awkward situation where we don't have a gift for someone who is giving us one. Buying a couple of extra gifts can help you to deal with such situations. 

For these instances, you can buy gender-neutral gifts such as gift baskets, headphones, or chocolate.

Don’t Wait Until December for Discounts

Those of you who think that starting your shopping on Christmas Eve is a good strategy, think again!

As Christmas approaches, the retailers increase discounts and markups to clear their inventory. During this crunch time, people tend to grab whatever they can. This leaves little room for you to buy thoughtful gifts for your loved ones. The choice, availability, size, and color becomes limited, making it difficult for you to find a unique Christmas gift.

You can keep an eye on online flash sales, discounts or end-of-season sales. There are also plenty of other online shopping opportunities such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These are the best events to complete your shopping before Christmas, as companies can give discounts of up to 90% during these events.

So, ditch the Christmas sales and shop online for Christmas presents with Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals.

Christmas Eve will be here in just a couple of months. Considering all the hurdles we have discussed, it is best to start planning and shopping early for Christmas gifts. Instead of putting it off and purchasing gifts close to Christmas Day, it is ideal that you start looking for those special Christmas gifts Christmas Gifts online now.

You can also browse our online catalog to find unique Christmas gift ideas.

Jim Watson
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