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4 Ways To Simplify Your Holiday Shopping List

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 18, 2013 | Categories: Guest Posts, Holidays and Observances, How To, Money Talk, Savings, Shopping
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Summer is winding down and thoughts of sugar plums and electronic gadgets will start dancing in the kiddies’ heads. The holiday season is almost upon us! We all know that finding the ideal presents for your family, friends, children and co-workers can be stressful and time consuming. By simplifying your holiday list, you’ll be free to enjoy the true meaning of the season and give back to the community by volunteering your time.

1. Get Organized

Organization is a major part of holiday shopping. It can help you set a list of priorities, deadlines for when you want the tasks accomplished and the amount of money that you want spent on them. Make lists of your holiday shopping goals, thoughts and gift ideas.

You can even accomplish many of these jobs ahead of time to relieve some of the stress and anxiety that comes during the season. Since there’s such a short span of time, many people become frustrated and just throw things together without proper thought or care.

2. Shop Online

Between work, children, family and personal obligations, it can be difficult to find the time to get everything done during the holidays. Shopping is one of the most challenging time constraints since you are at the mercy of the retail establishments. Many times when you’re free to peruse their merchandise, you’ll find the stores closed for business.

However, most stores have made things easier for the consumer by allowing them to shop online through their website. Online shopping, on sites such as http://www.christmasgifts.com/, has many benefits such as looking for gifts when it’s most convenient for you. It also allows you to take your time and shop from the comfort of your own home. Setting a budget has also never been easier with online shopping because sales professionals and enticing sales aren’t getting you to spend more money than what you have in your check book.

3. Delegate Tasks

If you’ve taken on the brunt of the holiday shopping, don’t be afraid to delegate. Asking for assistance from a spouse, children and friends can alleviate a majority of the stress that’s typically involved during the season. It also gets everyone involved and sharing in the holiday spirit. To make things easier on you, you can be thorough in your direction by making the instructions clear and precise.

Having any extra time around the holiday season can be beneficial for you and your family because it allows you to give back. Giving back to the community is important year-round, but it can be especially heartwarming during the holidays.

4. Compare Prices

Most individuals set up a specific budget for holiday shopping, and it can be difficult to stay within those parameters. Online shopping allows you to comparative shop on the items that you would like to purchase. If you’re looking for computers, laptops and other electronic gadgets, you’ll be able to plug in the product and see what online site has the best deals. You can also take advantage of Black Friday sales because more and more stores are offering huge savings throughout the entire year.

The holidays are a time to share with family, friends and loved ones. It can be easy to lose sight of what’s important in life with a host of responsibilities that come with the season. By enlisting the help of others and online shopping, your valuable time can be spent doing memorable things that represent the season.

“Always be prepared” has been a life-long motto for Nadine Swayne, giving her the insight to present these tips for the holiday season shopping. Whether you make lists, start shopping early or do comparative shopping online, try to remember the ‘reason for the season’ and enjoy your family and friends!


24 Responses to 4 Ways To Simplify Your Holiday Shopping List

  1. These are great tips. I love shopping online, with coupons you can sometimes save twice as much online then in the stores.

  2. Angela says:

    I can’t believe it’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping, but I do seem to save a lot of money when I start shopping early and have a plan.

  3. Rebecca Parsons says:

    Most people buy last minute and can use a guide like this (cough) hubby! I think this will help him and hopefully he is not running to the store on Christmas Eve.

  4. I start my list early and look for sales!

  5. Courtney says:

    I’m already thinking about the holidays. Thanks to amazon I have a few things already off our list 🙂

  6. Stefanie says:

    I refuse to think about holiday shopping 😉

  7. Kathleen says:

    Oh boy, I don’t even want to think about tackling the holiday shopping yet. I will be doing a lot more online shopping this year though.

  8. Colleen says:

    I do most of my shopping online and I always compare prices. I don’t want to think about the holidays yet!

  9. I’m bad about not being organized and then I don’t get a chance to compare prices … this ideas are definitely helpful!

  10. These are some excellent tips! But, I’m not ready for the holidays yet as we’re just getting past school shopping.

  11. Joy says:

    Great info, hard to think about the holidays right now. I have a son getting married in Oct. Thanks for the tips. New follower 🙂

  12. ANN*H says:

    Great tips for holiday shopping. It all will be here before we know it. I always compare prices but I dont know if I could delegate taks to some people , only to those I know will do the job LOL I try to shop early as possible before the holiday thats my best tip. thanks for the tips

  13. Robin Gagnon says:

    Oh jeepers, the holidays already. I know planning ahead would make them easier, but I only just started back-to-school shopping. I don’t fret about the holidays anymore anyway, after deciding years ago not to exchange gifts anymore. I just buy for my daughter. It has made the whole holiday experience better.

  14. Lisa says:

    Love this list! Start early helps too!

  15. I used to shop throughout the year when my older kids were younger. I would find goodies on clearance that I know that they would love and stash it away. I need to start doing this again but it is harder to hide things from them now.

  16. great tips and with a big family I can use all the tips I can get

  17. Emily says:

    Gah! I can’t think of the holidays yet – although if I was to price compare now would be the time!! 4 months! 🙁

  18. Shell Feis says:

    Okay I am SO excited about the holidays being so soon, but the idea of gift shopping makes my head hurt. I am horrible at picking presents!

  19. Nadine says:

    I know .. I know.. it’s already speeding towards the holiday season! I’m glad these tips will help with getting prepared and “beating the holiday stress monster!” Here’s my last tip … Breathe! =)

  20. Tammy says:

    Shopping online is the way to do it! I’ve been doing more and more of that lately, I won’t even attempt to go in a mall from Thanksgiving until after January!

  21. I’m totally into the price comparisons and online shopping. Totally, like TOTALLY.

  22. wheezi says:

    Never too early to start…GREAT TIPS! Thanks 🙂

  23. Toni says:

    I LOVE to go shopping on Black Friday, I map out the stores and deals and hit the road early.

  24. Please read the post “Simplify the Holidays Your Way”
    at “Ahh The Simple Life”. There are many suggestions to help you simplify gifts, food, decorations, and parties!
    Link: http://www.ahhthesimplelife.com/simplify-the-holidays-your-way/