1. Who’s on your list? Prepare a roster of whom you plan on giving gifts to this Christmas. Don’t assume that you can remember everything by memory alone; once you’re up to your elbows in presents, it’s easy to forget a name or two.
2. What’s your budget? Before you rush off to buy gifts for your loved ones, set a budget range. You don’t want to be surprised later when you get home and find out you’ve spent more than you can afford. Write down how much you are willing to spend on every person on your Christmas gift list.
3. What do you plan on giving? Beside each name on your list, write down any gift ideas you have. This will help you narrow down your shopping agenda and help you plan on where to go buying gifts later on.
4. Do you want to wrap your gifts on your own or have them wrapped in the store? If you plan on wrapping Christmas gifts by yourself, make sure to include gift wrap, tape, and ribbon in your shopping list.
5. Cash or card? If you want to use your credit card, make sure you bring your list – and a pen. You don’t to go overboard, so always jot down what you’ve already spent to make sure you know how much you’ve already dished out so far. Same goes for if you plan on using cash. Make sure you keep all your receipts to countercheck your expenses when you get home.
6. When and where do you want to buy your Christmas gifts? Based on everything you’ve jotted down so far, what shops and stores do you think will suit your needs best? Remember that almost everyone will be shopping for Christmas gifts right about now, just like you. Shopping for gifts during the weekdays and early in the morning will be your best bet to avoid the shopping frenzy. You can spread out your shopping into several days to make sure you don’t rush into buying something you’ll regret later on.
Fate favors the prepared. Knowing how to shop for Christmas gifts helps guarantee that you get to enjoy it. After all, giving gifts is not a task; it’s a pleasure.