5 Last Minute Christmas Shopping Tips!

5 Last Minute Christmas Shopping Tips!
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    You're still not done with your Christmas shopping and stores are beginning to run out of select items.

    Sure, you can get a rain check on select items, but there is no guarantee that the gift you want to give will be available before Christmas day.


Making the most of putting off your shopping.

Welcome to the world of last minute Christmas shopping. These days, “last minute” can be defined as the final week before Christmas given that much of the heavy shopping is typically done by now. Still, if you’re not done, there are some benefits to waiting, therefore we’ll share what those benefits are with you here:

1. Free Shipping Day

– You waited for this day and here it is: free shipping day. Approximately 2,000 retailers are participating in a special promotion that allows you to buy goods online and have these items shipped for free. We all know that shipping costs can add significantly to the gift total. Under this arrangement retailers eat the cost, saving you a bundle!

2. Use Your Smart Phone

– Do you wonder if the item you see at one store can be found for less elsewhere? Well, if you have a smart phone there are apps that can help you compare prices of exact items at most nearby stores. Amazon.com offers its PriceCheck app for free. Red Laser, from eBay, is another choice.

3. Consider Pawn Shops

– Until recent years, few people would have seriously considered giving a “used gift” to a loved one. Of course, that doesn’t include those presents you “regifted” to someone else. When the economy is tough, people reconsider what they give and that means considering giving presents that have been previously used. Credit cable television shows such as Pawn Stars with opening up an entirely new range of gift-giving ideas to consumers. The pawn industry has changed and is no longer the shady operation that might have fenced stolen goods. Most stores are legitimate and are staffed by knowledgeable sales people who can help you find the right gift for a low price.

4. Make It Yourself

– Forget the stores and don’t bother with the online shopping. You’ve always wanted to make a personal gift for the people on your list and now is the year you can do that. If you’re handy with crafts, then head to your local craft store for materials and ideas. How long would it take for you to make a shelf or a cabinet? Make the right gift for everyone on your list and you’ll soon have presents you really want to give and happy recipients impressed with your do-it-yourself talents.

5. Go For Gift Cards

– What do you do when you have run out of ideas for gift items? That’s easy: pick up gift cards. Store gift cards are free and may include a discount for buying the card. For example, if you use a service such as Gift Card Granny, you can buy cards that people don’t want for less than face value. That $100 gift card at Macy’s can be had for as little as $75.

Just because you put off finishing up your Christmas shopping doesn’t mean you’re left holding the bag. Employ one or more of the previously mentioned tips and you’ll be done with your shopping in no time. Merry Christmas!

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Last update on 2020-03-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".