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Christmas Shopping Tips

Nov 18, 2007
On November first, get yourself a nice cup of coffee or tea, gather whatever catalogues you have handy and paper and pencil, and get ready to dream your Christmas list.

For a simplified Christmas, limit your gift giving list to about a dozen. You might wonder, how is this possible? Extended families can be given one nice gift per household for their family to share. One gift can give you the opportunity to give something special. Coworkers and other associates can be put together as one on the list also because you can think up one good gift that can be given to each. You might for example, decide to give them each chocolates, a gift basket, or tickets.

To avoid last minute shopping stress, having to drive in heavy traffic, and over-crowded stores, try to finish your necessary shopping by end of November. This will also let you enjoy December events. Make your shopping trips enjoyable outings, and include some treat for yourself such as a nice lunch or good company. Take advantage of wrapping services or use gift bags to reduce your wrapping or the need of getting supplies.

Handmade gifts can fit with a simplified Christmas, so long as you enjoy making them. One possibility is to hand make the same gift again and again for the people on your list this year, and next year to choose a different gift. This makes it easier and predictable. You might, for example, decide to knit scarves, but vary the yarn. Another possibility is to make one large batch of something that can be divided into gifts. An example of this is handmade soap. The trick to avoiding stress making gifts is to give yourself ample time, knowing that you will become busier as Christmas approaches and have less time to make gifts. Have an alternate plan for handmade gifts so that you can abandon a project without much trouble.

Keep your list handy. It is fun to be an elf at Christmas time. Better stores have wonderful gift suggestions and packaging. With a short list and a good department store, shopping center, or with online access, it is possible to shop and have your gifts wrapped in a day.

Finding a gift for your girlfriend/wife/fiancee:

Christmas gift for your lady partner is not easy to select. Most of the men know how to woo women and how top present themselves well. But they do not know how to select a Christmas gift for their lady. Look at some men who go for shopping. They think of buying any and everything and get very confused at the end. What should men do to select gifts for their lady partners? Here are some tips.

1. Find out what she likes most.
2. Do not make assumptions. Find out precisely what she likes.
3. Make a list of what you can gift and decide what would be best.
4. A tentative list may be- jewelry, perfumes, dresses, gift cards, trinket boChristmas, etc.
5. Before you prepare your list decide about your budget.
6. Will you be buying online or offline?
7. If you are buying online find out from your lady friends about the sites they shop.
8. Visit the online shops and select what you think is best.
9. Do you think that you need to get a feel of what you bought? Then better visit a shop and handle the gift.
10. Ask the online shop to gift-wrap and send at the required date.
11. You can always include a card. Do that without fail.
12. If you are thinking of buying in a physical store, visit the store much before Christmas time.
13. Ask the sales persons for advice. They can guide you.
14. Keep your list with you. The list of what your partner likes. Otherwise you may end up buying something else.
15. Do not buy from the first shop you enter.
16. Visit as many shops as you can and mark what you want.
17. Do not buy during your first visit. Sleep over selection.
18. Visit the shops again on Christmas day and buy.
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