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4 Stress-Free Christmas Shopping Tips

Start early and don't forget to make lists!


Buying presents for friends and loved ones is one of the common things that we find in our holiday to-do list. All of us go the extra mile just to be able to find pieces that our friends would love and use! But aside from the excitement and heartwarming feeling that this activity gives us, we also can't help but feel overwhelmed given the traffic and tons of people trooping to the malls to do the same thing.

Just like any other task, Christmas shopping can be stress and hassle-free with proper planning and a few handy hints! Take note of these reminders before you head out to the mall:

Set a budget

Given the numerous expenses for the holidays, it's best to set a realistic budget for your gifts. Remember, it's the thought that counts. Whether you're giving away scent diffusers or a new set of pillow covers—make sure that it's something that your friends can use. 

Follow a schedule

The best way to avoid the holiday rush is to start early. This means less traffic and less people going to and from shops and shelves! You don't have to buy everything all at once. Make a list and start as early as November. By doing this, you don't have to be in the middle of the December frenzy. 

Consider shopping online

There are different online stores that offer unique gifts from your loved ones—from personalized pieces to vintage must-haves. Going online is a welcome alternative so you can avoid traffic and long lines.

RL Tip: Do your research and make sure you buy only from reputable sellers. Be careful about paying online and giving out personal details. 

Shop by category or store

One of the reasons why you feel overwhelmed when doing your Christmas shopping is you try to do everything in one day—hopping from one shop to another. Maximize your time with the help of a list. List down the names of people that you're planning to give gifts to and the items that you intend to buy.

Once you're done with the list, group them accordingly. We're sure that you have common items and similar stores or sections. Do it one-by-one so you won't feel exhausted. An efficient plan can also enable you to enjoy a quick snack in between shopping! 

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