“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” – Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
When it comes to shopping for Christmas gifts, you can quickly get overwhelmed with the cost of giving. Even if you plan and save for the season, saving a little on gifts is always welcome. At Spearman Artisanry, we love helping our customers find great, valuable gifts. So, we’ve put together a list to help you save on Christmas gifts this year.
Ask the Recipient
Nothing is more disappointing than spending big bucks on a surprise gift that the recipient doesn’t want. Instead of splurging on something unexpected, ask the recipient what they would like for Christmas. Often their choice is more cost-effective than your guess.
Make a List and Compare Prices
The Balance recommends starting with a good list so that you have time to compare prices. They explain, “A List helps you watch for the best price on an item.” Rather than buying on impulse as you browse pricey displays and end caps, you can thoughtfully choose each item.
Work the Gift Cards and Rewards
Although it takes time and research, you can get rewards and deals by working with your credit card, bank or loyalty programs. Do your research before you shop so that you can plan around these kickbacks. Since you’ve already make a list, per the tip above, you’ll be prepared with a list of gifts and the best places to get them.
Don’t Add Extras for Yourself
According to the National Retail Federation, 59% of your fellow Americans reported buying gifts for themselves during their holiday shopping last year. These little add-ons can blow your budget. Make sure you stick to your list and don’t buy gifts for yourself while you shop. Instead, add them to your own wishlist.
Calculate Shipping for Long Distance Recipients
Although it’s not as exciting, cards and gift cards are less expensive to ship than wrapped presents. Consider the weight and fees before you ship your gifts to avoid unexpected expenses at the post office.
Save on Christmas Gifts
Now, you can enjoy shopping this season knowing you got the most value out of your Christmas Gifts. One final tip: Ask a shopkeeper to help you save on Christmas Gifts. They’d rather help you find something to match your budget than let you leave disappointed. Do you have any tips for Christmas shopping? Let us know on our Facebook page.