7 Last Minute Christmas Shopping Ideas

7 Last Minute Christmas Shopping Ideas

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As the number of days between now and Christmas dwindles to a precious few, the thought of making additional purchases becomes an anxiety producer for last minute shoppers. For whatever reason you’re still not done and have found yourself with not enough time to shop, buy, wrap and send presents.

Cheer up! Even if you’re reading this article on Christmas Eve, you can still buy what you want and get those items to your recipients on time. Certainly, a little bit of creativity and a lot of flexibility is in order, but you’re a master of both. Or, at least you can be when the pressure has been turned way up.

1. Get Moving — Head to the dreadful mall NOW and start shopping. Yes, the ever present throngs will accompany you and the stress levels will be high. Use that pressure to force yourself to limit your store visits to a handful and your gift options to two or three items. Go to the gift wrap center and have someone else wrap and tag your presents — you’ve done the hard work, let others finish the work for you.

2. Get Online — If your gifts need to go far, the only way you can possibly get those presents out on time is by finding a retailer who can ship at the last minute and have those items delivered overnight, even on Christmas Day. The United States Postal Service’s Express Mail service delivers every day of the year including on Christmas Day.

3. Send Flowers — Flowers, balloons, baskets and the like can be ordered and shipped on the same day, even on Christmas Eve. That includes international orders, although if you wait until noon to put in your order to Europe….

4. Make It — Do you have a special talent others admire? Then why not make your gifts? Certainly, you can’t build a table in a day, but you may be able to bake cookies, put together a dried flower arrangement or make a basket in time for Christmas.

5. Gift Cards — An entire industry was developed for procrastinators and that is the gift cards industry. Almost everyone offers them and some stores, such as CVS, carry cards for may other stores. Colorful plastic is as well received as cold, hard cash — they usually come with an attractive card holder too!

6. Regift It — Desperate times means taking desperate measures! Reach under the Christmas tree and open up what you’re getting for yourself. Will someone else appreciate your present? If so, regift it — you can buy one for yourself after Christmas and no one will be the wiser unless you happen to regift to the original gift giver!

7. I.O.U. — Sometimes the gift you want to give is out of stock or simply cannot get to the recipient on time. What you can do is print out a receipt and place it in an attractive Christmas card and hand that to your recipient. Just be sure to follow up to verify eventual delivery.

Waiting until the last minute cannot always be avoided, but even if you are delayed or have simply forgotten someone, these seven last minute Christmas shopping ideas can “save the holiday” for you.

Adv. — Shop NBUY Plaza, one of the largest online shopping malls with 5,000 stores strong! Shop, save and ship in time for Christmas.

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  1. Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach
    Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach 17 December, 2010, 06:26

    Don’t forget, check out your local Freecycle or Dollar Store too.

    Oh, and Pathmark/Shoprite generally marks down stuff ‘way below retail as loss-leaders – that works great for teachers especially.

  2. Maggie
    Maggie 17 December, 2010, 10:09

    Im loving online shopping. No crowded malls and no lines.. There are coupon codes too so I’ve got the saving part covered.. 🙂 also, today is Free Shipping Day so start shopping now people.

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