Advice: Christmas Shopping

Kodong Ajak, Writer

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Christmas is creeping around the corner, and you don’t want to find yourself rushing to get everything together.

The first thing you want to do is figure out who you want to buy gifts for. Some buy gifts for friends, family, and teachers. However, finding out what gift goes where organizes everything and distresses you.

Instead of trying to save money all at once for your budget, tucking away a little money each week or month is easier because as aforementioned, you aren’t rushing. Keeping a budget also helps you keep in mind how much money you  intend to spend on each person and what gifts you will be getting them.

Christmas shopping can start as early as you want because different stores have differing sale periods. Black Friday can be one of the days you can go shopping because sales start right then and there, with many great deals. Some stores like Walmart, Target, and Sears, are also hosting a layaway program. With layaway, you can buy the presents you want and pay as little or as much money you want. By doing this, you aren’t buying all of your gifts at once.

If shopping in a store isn’t your thing, shopping online can also do you much good. You don’t have to leave your couch, and you can relax while sipping a cup of hot chocolate. While shopping online, you can also take advantage of Cyber Monday, a major sale for online stores. If you don’t want to spend money, you can also create homemade gifts. For example you can make homemade soap, body scrubs, and oils.  

Once you get your shopping done, keeping and hiding the presents is now your number one goal. While hiding the presents, you also have to remember where you hid them. I know it can be tempting, but you don’t want to ruin the element of surprise, and be able to see the theirs as well.

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