author:David Arnold Livingston
For those who find making their gifts list for the holidays a very exciting activity, good for you. Those who find it less than an appealing bustle don’t fret. Many share your sentiment. The problem with making a list is that it seems to become never ending especially when you decide on checking it twice. Okay, you’re no good ol’ Saint Nick but hey, this is only looking at it with a bird’s eye view. What you don’t know is that buying the gifts could actually cause a bigger headache than the preparing of the list.
Who wants to wallow in the stress brought by holiday gift-giving? Holidays need not always put you in a major state of panic. Here’s how to breeze through the holiday season with these tips on buying gifts.
1. Say no to a rigid gift list.
This doesn’t mean that when you arrive on a situation like when you get to see a “spunkier” Ipod when you originally thought of giving out a Walkman, you’ll always give in. The thing is that you should be open to alternatives with your choice of gifts. You might as wel, jot down all the possible options on that gift on your list in case you’re having a hard time looking for it.
2. Nifty over Hefty.
An expensive price tag does not necessarily mean a perfect gift. What is more appreciated is creativity and when someone puts in genuine effort. Your budget does not have to suffer so much during the holidays. Doing your homework will get you a long, long way.
3. Doing some favor is a labor of love.
Instead of material presents, an act of kindness can very well serve as a very valuable holiday gift. One may run errands or do things like babysit for a busy aunt, cook dinner for a couple, or do a car wash. Of course, just don’t forget to do this for free. One more thing, you can also do this goodie-two-shoes stuff not only for your family and friends but also for those less-fortunate.
4. Techie not Newbie.
For those who are still thinking that the Internet is only a mirage of the future, please wake up. You’re so late! Online shopping is one of the many conveniences the Internet offers. Just click the mouse and voila! Before you are a wide array of brands and pricelists for your choice of gifts. Amazon.com, EBay, and Overstock.com are just a few of the best web sites that can help you in this endeavor. Just remember to provide ample time for delivery.
5. Comfort Zone.
During the commotion from shopping for holiday gifts, it’s wise to wear your most comfortable outfits. This will make it easier for you to rummage through shelves of stuffs and will make scurrying not much of a hassle.
6. Early Bird Gets the Most Appreciation
Yes, there’s still no better way of dealing with this gift-buying problem but to do it ahead of time. Creating your list about two months before the “season to be jolly” will help a lot in downsizing the hassles of this activity. Some can even go the length of preparing for it at least three months before the holidays.
Some people never have to worry about buying for gifts. Can you imagine having a closet of stuff always ready to be given out for various occasions? Yes, these cases exist. But you don’t have to really succumb to such almost-paranoid acts. Following the simple but noble tips above will do.