Here are six ways to keep your last-minute shopping stress-free and inexpensive.
Order online and pick up in-store
Don’t sweat over delayed shipping or the impossibly long lines before the holidays. Instead, order what you need online and arrange to pick it up in the store. You can browse from the comfort of your home and pick it up on the same day, or within 24 hours.
Get stocking stuffers at the dollar store
The dollar store is your best friend when it comes to last-minute stocking stuffers for your family. Browse carefully for fun finds, from activity books and sticker packs for the little ones, to scented candles and funky-colored nail polish for your tweens and teens, to fuzzy slippers and socks for your better half. Best of all, no one has to know they came from the dollar store!
Send a gift card through Giftly
Take the easy way out and keep the personal touch in your gift-giving by purchasing a gift card through Giftly. You suggest an item for your recipient, like a “spa day,” and then select a place where they can choose the gift. Send your “gift” via email, text message or even deliver it in person. Add a customized message, and the recipient can use the electronic gift card at your chosen place.
Shop on Dec. 14 for free shipping
What’s not to love about Free Shipping Day? Save your last-minute online shopping for this day to save on shipping costs. Unless you’re purchasing items from overseas, most retailers will still be able to get your items delivered in time for the holidays.
Shop small businesses
Avoid the heavy crowds and empty shelves by shopping smaller, independently owned stores. They’re likely to be better stocked, even this late in the season, and you can enjoy more personalized service, too.
Shop early in the day
The shelves in most stores are restocked overnight, and if you get there before the crowds, you’ll get first picks. Aside from a bigger selection, shopping in an emptier store will make it easier to spend responsibly.
Use the tips outlined above for last-minute shopping that’s easy on the wallet, light on the stress and makes it possible to find the perfect gifts.
How do you make last-minute shopping stress-free? Share your hacks with us in the comments.