Avoiding last minute procrastination when holiday shopping has many payoffs. Here are a few of the benefits of not waiting until the last minute.
Avoid Last Minute Price Gouging
While there are some big holiday deals to be found in December, businesses are not doing this out of the goodness of their hearts. Big box retailers offer rock bottom prices on cheap items and try to hook you in to buy expensive items.
Some stores take it a step further and might even ratchet up prices during the busiest season of the year. Don’t get caught in the traps by waiting for the last minute.
Avoid the Long Lines
I once visited a Best Buy store on Black Friday and got a whole load of goodies from the bargain bin – while skipping the more expensive items mentioned above. But when I got to the checkout line, it wrapped half way around the store!
Add on parking going in and out of large shopping centers to checkout lines, and a quick trip to the store can take hours to complete. Save yourself the time and hassles of the crowds by buying online and going to the store during off-peak seasons.
More Time for Thoughtful Gifts
If you wait for the last minute, your gifts may end up being less thoughtful than you had originally intended. Maybe the gift you wanted to give was sold out, maybe it was more expensive than your gift budget, maybe you just didn’t have the time to come up with something really special, and got stuck with something more generic.
If you plan your gift giving out you’ll have time to come up with the best, most thoughtful, and most meaningful gifts. Plus you will have more time to enjoy with loved ones or more time for yourself.
Gifts Don’t Have to Be Expensive
Think of the very best gifts you’ve ever received in your life. Some of them may have been expensive, but many of them took more thought than money. Paying attention to the little clues family and friends give you in conversation may lead you to some amazing gifts at a low cost.
Some of the best, least expensive gifts I’ve ever received include:
- Care box from my mom that included sample lotions, candles, teas, pickles (under $30)
- Gift certificate to my favorite florist (about $50)
- Home industrial deep fryer (about $40)
- Handmade gifts (priceless)
I was thrilled to get them, and wouldn’t have bought them myself. They were all excellent gifts.
Don’t Forget About Experience Gifts
Remember that some gifts don’t come in the form of a physical item. They can come in the form of concert tickets (one for you, one for your friend or relative), a trip, a dinner for two at a swanky new restaurant, cooking a meal to have at your place – or theirs, just remember to do the dishes, or any other of an infinite combination of fun ideas.
Memories are often much more valuable than physical presents, and no one can ever take a memory away.
Procrastination Leads to Bad Gifts
Unless you have a special talent, few last minute gifts will leave a big impression. Get an early start on your gift planning and purchasing to save money, save time, and give the best gifts that will leave a lasting imprint on your friends and family.