WendyPolingUSAA's avatarWendyPolingUSAADeployment Blog | ‎11-10-2013 12:27 PM

6 Ways to Find the Perfect Gift When Holiday Shopping

shutterstock_63382738.jpgThe art of finding the right gift for the right person to create a “Wow” reaction is not something I’ve easily mastered. In fact, it is a work in progress. For example, there is the time I sent a hooded sweatshirt with the logo of a favorite sports team to my husband while he was deployed to Afghanistan. My ego was crushed when I learned he couldn’t actually wear the hoodie and it ended up being a nice room decoration.

 

How is your holiday shopping coming along? Have you mastered the art of creative and “amazing reaction” gift giving?

 

Here are 6 simple strategies to help you get a “Wow” reaction to your holiday gift giving while still saving you time and money:

 

  1. Make a calendar complete with mailing deadlines and any other major events that require gift buying. By planning out your holiday shopping strategy you’ll have a better chance of getting your shopping done on time and ensure you have the time to be creative.
  2. Make a complete shopping list and include a projected amount: Once you’ve made a list of every single person you need to buy a gift for, include how much you plan to spend on each person. If you find your total amount exceeds your budget, adjust the amounts to fit into your budget. Sticking to your budget will ensure you don’t continue to pay for Christmas well into the spring. This step will also ensure you’ve allotted enough money to purchase memorable gifts for your immediate family.
  3. Pay attention to your spouse’s favorite things or hobbies. In order to be unique and creative in your gift giving, consider purchasing something that is going to last a few years; instead of the sweater they will most likely only wear one winter. For example, if your spouse is a sports fan with a little online research you could easily locate unique sports memorabilia. Items like a signed baseball or a signed jersey could create an amazing reaction. The goal is to find something that has lasting impression. Think of something that you can pass down to your kids and grandkids. Your gift doesn’t have to be a $3,000 watch. Your gift can be budget friendly and still be memorable. Money is not the deciding factor of a good gift.
  4. Shop Online: Websites like Amazon.com with its Amazon Prime shipping program have become one of my favorite resources. I’m able to find exactly what I’m looking for without fighting holiday crowds, saving me lots of money and hours of time. Subscribe to your favorite retailers online and watch for sales and promotions.
  5. Shop Early: By taking the above steps you’ll be in a position to actually shop early and take advantage of sales that come your way. You won’t be tempted to continue to purchase last minute deals and additional gifts which could break the budget. 
  6. Ship Direct: Save yourself time and money by not standing in line at the post office and ship your gifts directly to the recipient. Most all retailers will offer a “bill to, ship to” option. This allows the bill to be sent to you, while the package goes direct to your loved one. Many online retailers will offer free shipping options, sign up for their email newsletter and look for free shipping codes.

 

What is your advice for getting the, “Wow, this is awesome!” reaction to holiday gifts?

 

Source article:
Holiday Shopping Tips – National Retail Federation

 

Related links:
What Are Your Plans for the Holidays?
Holiday Shopping Tips that Won’t Break the Bank