Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be a hassle all year around if you plan properly. Since having children I have made it my goal to not let the holidays go by without proper planning because it’s just in my nature to plan all things! I’ve learned through the last 2 years that starting early is a great way to release the stress of holiday crowds but I’ve also found three additional ways to get you started on your holiday shopping.
These 3 tips are something I do every year that saves time and gets the kids involved as well. If you’re a busy mom like me or just a super organized type A personality then these three things will be sure to help you get started.
Window Picture Shopping
Beginning in the month of October my husband and I take the kids with us on trips to the mall and other stores. During these trips we let the kids go in the toy aisle just to browse around. While they aren’t looking we sneak pictures of the toys they pick up or say they want to buy.
In a sense, we are building a wishlist of toys they may want for Christmas. As they’ve gotten older and know that mommy, daddy, and other family members also buy them toys we ask them to think of 1 or 2 things they would want from us or a family member and take pictures of that as well.
Holiday shopping will be much easier for you when you can just hop right on your phone and check things off the list 1 by 1!
Lots of stores have holiday books including the Disney Store, Target and long ago Toys R’ Us. You can also find them in the smaller box stores that are local to your town, all you have to do is ask around.
In these books the kids know exactly what they are for, they get a chance to see all the new toys for the season and hand select what they may be wishing for. This also gives parents a chance to see the prices of the new toys that will be out for the holiday season.
When you’re window shopping there may not be the latest toys out so using the toy books are a great way to see what’s going to be newly released and gives you a leg up on your holiday shopping.
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Don’t do a mad dash once the calendar hits black Friday, although there are some pretty good deals over at Target & Amazon. Another surefire to get ahead of your holiday shopping is to pace yourself and space it out.
We like to buy a little at a time in order to space out the amount of money we are spending at one time. It’s also easier to hide the toys when you bring them in the house a little at a time. It’s hard to explain the toys coming from Santa when you’re coming in with mega size bags of toys on the regular.
Set a weekly or monthly budget that you want to spend on your holiday shopping and stick to it. Personally, I might say I am going to spend 50 dollars on stocking stuffers and get them all at once. Or I might know that a sale is coming up so I save and carry it over for the sale.
There’s no harm doing it all in one trip but if you’re like me then you enjoy holiday shopping whether online or in-store and pacing yourself will definitely give you the time to soak it all in.
Do you enjoy holiday shopping? What are your best tips for busy moms who need to get it all done for the whole family?