3 Simple Gift Shopping Strategies to Ease the Stress

Inspired by Dawn shares stress-reducing holiday gift shopping strategies

Are you panicking yet? Is your gift list long and your time short? (We here you!) So to help you (and ourselves too) we're sharing some strategies to make your holiday gift shopping a little less overwhelming.

Split Up Your Shopping List
Real Simple recommends dividing up your list to help jump start your shopping. Here's how: break your shopping list into two lists. The first one is for items to shop for online. The second one that requires shopping in a store. Focus on the online shopping first so you can comparison shop easily and also build momentum by seeing quick progress in that daunting list. Save the harder to decide on items for your store shopping trip. That way your time in stores is minimized and you're focused on a few key gifts rather than a vague list of mere ideas.

Shop Smart Online
Shopping online only saves you time and money if you the gifts arrive and you save on shipping. Friday, December 15th is Free Shipping Day where retailers big and small offer free shipping. But pay attention to shipping deadlines and track those packages to ensure everything shows up on your doorstep as expected.

Be Prepared
Facing the crowds and the holiday craziness is not for the faint of heart. Prepare now and thank us later with these tips on in-store shopping. Happy shopping!

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