If December flew by a little too fast for you and you’re just realizing there are only a few days till Christmas, we get you. With work, family life, and school, things can get pretty hectic. However, there’s no need to stress about getting the right gifts this season. With these useful tips and tricks, you can get your holiday shopping in no time.
One of the most amazing things to come out of retail shopping in the last few years is curbside pickup. Simply shop online for what you want, checkout, and drive up to the store to pick it up. It really is that simple. If you find that you don’t have the time to wait in line with all of the other procrastinators out there, curbside pickup is an amazing option. This way, you don’t have to deal with the crazy expensive shipping fees, and you can be sure that your gift is under the tree by Christmas eve. No need to stress by the mailbox wondering when your gift may arrive, just shop online and pick it up in person!
Another added benefit to curbside pickup is the ability to look around different nearby stores to see if they have an item in stock. It can be frustrating to go in store to buy an item only to find out that there out of stock. With curbside pickup, most larger retail stores give you the option to search the inventory of nearby stores in case your store doesn’t have it. This saves you the time and frustration of driving to multiple stores to no avail. Most stores offer a quick turnaround as well. So you can do all of your shopping in the morning, and have it picked up by lunchtime!
Amazon Prime Shipping
While we know that shipping times have been delayed for most US postal services, Amazon might be your best bet to get the things you need quickly. Their two-day or same-day shipping options work a little bit differently than most shipping services because of their many warehouses.
If you live near an Amazon warehouse, chances are you may still be able to snag a gift and get it in time for Christmas for free with Amazon Prime. However, this may not work for you if you live in a remote area with fewer resources. Since many of the Amazon warehouses carry plenty of stock, it doesn’t have to travel across the country to get to you. This makes Amazon a great option for those last-minute shoppers.
Shop Small Businesses
If you’re looking for a niche item your friends and family will love, you may want to try your luck at a local small business. These stores always tend to be less crowded than most stores around the holidays, and they have a pretty reliable stock too.
You’ll generally be able to find more one-of-a-kind items at these stores like handcrafted mugs, or a custom leatherbound journal. This will make your gift seem well thought out and incredibly personal rather than a mass-produced mug from Target. Don’t worry, your secrets’ safe with us. An added benefit to shopping locally is that you are helping a business in your community and that makes a big difference.
So don’t stress about the holidays this season. Make your loved one a homemade gift, shop local, or try curbside pickup! Whatever you do this Christmas, remember to enjoy the holidays with those you love.