Holiday shopping, specifically Christmas, is both the most exciting ,and stressful, shopping experience anyone can undertake. Every store you go is adorned with holiday decorations, and every place you go is filled with hustle and bustle of the season. For most people, it is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. It is the perfect time for families to come together and spend time with the ones they love most. Apart from the spirit of Christmas, and the delicious food spread that usually comes with it, the most eagerly anticipated activity of the season is the gift giving.
Apart from your birthday, and maybe the occasional achievements, Christmas may have been the only time in the year you receive gifts. And before you receive those thoughtful gifts, someone has to endure the Christmas rush to find them. The average American typically spend around $935 on gifts for friends and loved ones, not to mention the time and effort they endure to find those perfect presents. If you think going through the Christmas rush is inevitable, or a norm, then you need to seriously consider shopping earlier. Here are some reasons why you should consider early Christmas shopping.
The Christmas season, and the marketing that goes with it, typically starts the moment Halloween ends. It is when stores and shops starts decorating their space with Christmas adornments, and fully stocking up their shelves with popular Christmas gift items. Making your gift list and shopping as early as the end of Halloween allows you to have more choices and pick thoughtful gifts for each of your friends and members of the family.
In demand makeup products for women and girls, and newly released sneakers for a man or boy, or maybe a new cute outfit for babies; you have a good chance of finding all these and more, at a great price, during this time. If you have had experienced the stress of looking for a particular item, only to visit more than three different stores in vain, then consider making this your new tradition.
Early shopping does not necessarily mean going to the store, picking out the item, and purchasing it right then and there. It could be your chance to get a quick overview of what’s on sale, or what might make a great surprise gift. Starting your Christmas shopping early allows you to create a shopping plan and establish an appropriate budget.
The shopping rush not only makes us lose our sanity, but it can also trigger our tendencies for impulse buying. Having a budget in your mind prevents you from overspending money and time in a store. Apart from potentially saving money, it also gives you enough time to prepare for other important thing this season like attending parties, decorating your house, and preparing delicious food. Also, if you are like me, and put your entire heart and soul in wrapping each gift perfectly, then this practice actually helps you get your wrapping done in a timely manner.
We know too well how Jack Frost can be very active around this season. His playful snow, ice and sleet along the road can be a recipe for a holiday disaster. If you do not want to be part of the statistics on TV about pile ups, then you better get moving early on. Aside from the increased potential for accidents, traffic becomes massive during the shopping rush, and will eat up your time. Most shops have extended hours that help a little, but you will still feel the stress. In addition, if you are one of those shoppers who utilize delivery services, then it is way better to shop early to prevent delays due to weather and paying higher premiums for faster transport time.
Amazing deals intended for Christmas season starts to appear as early as November and they can quickly run out of stock due to high demand and remarkable price. Starting your shopping streak early for Christmas will allow you to monitor for promotions, deals, and bundles before they run out.