Happy December, friends! Today the ladies of the coffee chat are discussing holiday shopping tips. In addition to shopping tips, we will be sharing what our go-to hostess gift is.
When it comes to Christmas shopping, I’m all about starting early and finishing before the rush. The best thing to do is at the beginning of November, make a list of names of those that you absolutely have to buy for and set a budget for each person. There are so many sales going on before December that you should be able to get all of your shopping done in advance. It’s important to create a budget so you can enjoy all of the holiday festivities rather than being financially stressed.
As for a hostess gift goes, I always opt for a bottle of wine or a homemade treat such as cookies, snack mix, or fudge. If I’m giving some type of food, I try to find a cute platter to display the food on. A great place to find cute platters is surprisingly Goodwill.
Instead of waiting until after Thanksgiving to start Christmas shopping, I recommend shopping for those on your list year-round. This allows you plenty of time to get the perfect gift, plus any time there’s a special sale or clearance, you can take full advantage. Doing this has saved me tons of time, money, and stress, and allows me to relax and really enjoy the holiday months more. I also recommend shopping online, as you can get so many discounts and almost everywhere offers free shipping now. I also never shop online without using my favorite cash back website, Ebates.
The biggest thing to remember when shopping for family and friends is to be thoughtful with your gift. I always try to really think about things that the person wants/needs and get something that they’ll truly appreciate. One of my favorite ways to spread love in the holiday months is by baking sweet treats and delivering them to my neighbors, family, and friends, and I especially always love taking it to the hostess of a party. They’re always so appreciative, and as someone who loves to bake I truly enjoy it. I’m so excited for Christmas and all of the fun activities this month!
Happy December, everyone! My best holiday gift shopping tip is to make a list early on of everyone you want to buy a gift for, that way you can jot down any ideas you have when they pop into your head! It can be hard to find the perfect gift when you just show up at the mall without a clear sense of direction of what you want to get everyone, so being prepared helps. My go-to hostess gift this year is a cheese plate that’s shaped like Oklahoma! They have them for every state and I think it’s a cool way to show appreciation to your hosts and keep it local.