How to make the most of last-minute shopping:
1. Shop Locally
Christmas is a great time to support local businesses. From small boutiques to restaurants to major retailers, we must support those in our communities. Visit their stores, buy gift cards to restaurants, or treat your mother to a pedicure. Also, local artisans are incredible resources for beautiful gifts. It does not matter where you live, seek out these people. You'll both be glad you did.
2. Gift Subscriptions
Subscriptions are great gifts, because the recipient continues to get gifts throughout the year. Magazines, wine clubs, beauty boxes, crafts for kids, or meal planning. Here are a few meal delivery services to look at: BlueApron, Plated, Hello Fresh.
3. Take Advantage of Online Retailers Mega Deals and Free Shipping
Lands' End 40% Off Everything - Order before December 22nd and still receive your order by Christmas Eve.
Nordstrom - Free Delivery by Christmas Eve
J.Crew - Extra 40% Off Winter Sales Styles plus 3 days left for standard holiday delivery
Gap - 40% Off Purchase plus Free Shipping, Get It By Christmas
Amazon - 12/19 for Free Shipping, 12/22 Two-day Shipping, 12/23 One-day Shipping
Target - Order by 12/20 & get it in time for Christmas
A few others: Banana Republic, JCPenny, Ugg Australia, Old Navy, Macy's
Don't forget to use EBATES for cash back! It adds up and you'll be very happy when you receive that Big Fat Check in February.
4. Give the Gift of Experiences from Babysitting to Vacations
Instead of material items, give experiences! From simple to extravagant, experiences are priceless. If you are giving new parents a free night of babysitting or your husband an afternoon of driving a race car, I guarantee you will have very happy recipients on your hands.
5. Write Someone a Nice Note
Don't underestimate the power of the written word. Maybe it's your child's teacher or your aunt that has everything. Sit down and write them a letter. Tell them something nice. Tell them the many reasons you love them. There is not a right or wrong way to do it, it's about the thoughtfulness you put into it.
6. Create a System for Keeping Track of Lists
Whether with paper and pencil or apps like Evernote, use your system to keep track of to-do lists in order to minimize the running around and give yourself more time to spend with those you love.
Merry Christmas to all!
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