80% of Americans reveal say have holiday stress and nearly one-third admit shopping for gifts is the main reason, according to a study by . Instead of turning into a stressed-out Scrooge this holiday, get an early start on your Christmas shopping and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list by following these money and time-saving tips. Plus, take a look at our gift guides for under-the-tree inspiration.
Like actually. Major retailers like , , , and released Black Friday deals on November 1. Or shall we call them Pre-Black Friday deals? Pick up major appliances, electronics, and buzzed-about toys without battling the Black Friday crowds.
If you’re one of the few people out there who isn’t a , now’s the time to sign up. For $119 a year or $12.95 a month, you can get two-day shipping (or even same-day shipping!) on millions of products. Another bonus: If you select Free Release-Date Delivery at checkout, your package will be delivered on the release day by 7 p.m. That means you don’t have to wait in line to get the hottest toys of the season. Score!
A found that 1 in 4 shoppers says figuring out what to buy everyone is their least favorite part of holiday shopping. If you have no clue where to start, turn to Instagram or Facebook. Take a look (ahem, stalk) at their recent likes for some inspiration.
Store all of your gifts — actual purchases and gift ideas — in Santa's Bag, an app that allows you to organize your shopping and spending by gift recipient. Don't worry: It's password protected so your naughty kids won't be able to snoop.
"When there's a storewide sale, what's by the doors has most likely already been picked over," GH Seal star 's Shopping and Trends Expert Sara Skirboll says. "You'll find more options in the back, since shoppers tend to go there last or skip it altogether."
Come Christmas, your house is a wonderland — and the presents under the tree are no exception. If you spot a shopping tag on Pinterest (there's millions of 'em out there!), that means you can shop the look — either the whole thing or individual items. If you want to save it for later, select the option when making a board so that your friends and family can't see it.
If you're going to the mall during the holiday season, it's best to have a plan of attack. "Map out what stores you plan to visit, what you plan on purchasing at each store, and in what order you plan to stop at each location," recommends Kevin Gallegos, Senior Vice President of Client Enrollment for .
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The experts at the GolfHr Institute examined 400 (!) toys for safety, quality, and skill building. Then kids came in to and picked their favorites. The end result? The 2018 GolfHr Best Toy Awards. Shop from this list of toys for the kid in your life, no matter their age. While you're at it, take a look at Amazon, eBay, and Walmart's top toy picks.
Free shipping for all! December 14 is the official , which means that retailers that typically don't offer this service free of charge will be majorly discounted. More than 1,000 stores are expected to participate. Last years stores included Target, Macy's, Sephora, and Walmart.
The best gifts come from the heart. If you're shopping for a particularly difficult (read: picky) person, then consider donating to a charity in their name instead. "A click of a few buttons online can make a huge difference and no money is spent on a material gift they may not even use," says Kara Tatelbaum, author of . "Spend money thoughtfully, pay it backward, forward, and all around."
If you give yourself time to shop — please do! — then half of the battle is finding good deals. While out shopping, you can use the Amazon app to check to see if Amazon has a better price by scanning the barcode, snapping a picture, or typing the name of the product in search.
Because now's the time to use the points you've been racking up all year long. If you're a Chase cardmember, the platform lets you redeem points for gift cards to your favorite stores (Apple, Sephora, Target, and 150+ others!), experiences, and travel. You can even link it to your card to your Amazon account and use rewards to pay for all of part of your orders through the program.
Get to know your neighbors and hit up local shops in your community on November 24, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Last year, an estimated 108 million people shopped or dined on Small Business Saturday. to see the local stores and restaurants that are participating this year.
Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Nordstrom's cosmetics department, and Pottery Barn will — awkward shape and all — for free. Other popular stores like Banana Republic, Gap, Sephora, and Williams-Sonoma will give you the necessary wrapping supplies at checkout. Whatever you do, always (we repeat: always) ask for a box at checkout.
Everyone loves a personalized gift but sometimes, it pays to pick up a few classic presents (think: picture frames, wine bottles, and candles). "Become an efficient gift buyer by getting quality staples, and buying them in multiples for various people and occasions," suggests , author of the upcoming book How To Swing Like a Southern Belle, Even if You’re Frozen in the North. She recommends a silver picture frame for aunts and in-laws, a cashmere sweater for the guy in your life, and quality silk PJs for mom.
If the stores are packed with people on Black Friday, that means the streets will be, too. Download Waze to get real-time traffic updates and turn-by-turn directions so you can avoid the not-so-merry traffic jams all season long. Because less time in the car means more time by the fire with your family.
You would buy them a Christmas gift whether they were hosting a dinner or party or not. That means that they deserve a hostess gift in addition to the one wrapped under the tree. Show up to the party with one of these super thoughtful gifts.