Nine Tips That Will Help You Take The Stress Out Of Christmas Gift Shopping

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If you still haven’t started gift shopping, chances are that gift anxiety is increasing day by day. Photo / Getty Images

For some people – me being one of them – Christmas shopping is a pleasure and a delight. For many others, however, it evokes anxiety, uncertainty, and festive frustration.

“What am I giving my mother?” Then the real wink, “What if she hates what I get her?” If you still haven’t started gift shopping, there’s a good chance that gift anxiety is increasing every day, right?

As a self-proclaimed gift-buying genius, I thought I’d share some of my tips for shopping for gifts without stress and with better expectations of success.

Buy online

Christmas shopping online has a few pitfalls you should be aware of, but there are ways around them.  Photo / Getty Images
Christmas shopping online has a few pitfalls you should be aware of, but there are ways around them. Photo / Getty Images

It might seem too obvious, but there are a few pitfalls to shopping for Christmas online that you should be aware of. Right now there are huge delays in shipping so you want to make sure you get there early. The big New Zealand online aggregators like The Market and Mighty Ape are great because they have a huge range and they make it clear whether the product is in stock in New Zealand or if it needs to buy from overseas. You should also consider whether you are receiving the gift so that you can wrap and put it back in style, or whether you want to ship it directly to the intended recipient. The latter can save you time but you can’t control when it arrives, how it’s packaged, or when they open it.

Buy local

Limit your shipping costs and the risk of your giveaway disappearing along the way by purchasing from stores closer to your giveaway target. Do you have family in Australia? Do your research and you’ll find loads of local deal options that offer free shipping, including Amazon Australia. You can also take the opportunity to support small retailers who have also come under heavy pressure overseas.

Do some espionage

Before you catch yourself in a stress ball over what to buy for your friends and family, do a little bit of Nancy Drew-ing.  Photo / Getty Images
Before you catch yourself in a stress ball over what to buy for your friends and family, do a little bit of Nancy Drew-ing. Photo / Getty Images

The hardest thing about buying gifts is figuring out what to buy. If you care about the person then you want to get it right. Before you catch yourself in a stress ball, do a bit of Nancy Drew-ing. Take a look at their Instagram photos and Facebook posts over the past year. Note any clothing or beauty product brands they mention. Or maybe you noticed that their umbrella broke recently. If you take a little time, there’s a good chance you’ll find a clue to point you in the right direction.

Get off the beaten track

The reason I love shopping for gifts is that look on the person’s face when they open the gift to find something totally unexpected, but somehow perfect. It doesn’t mean buying another book for the book lover or cycling shorts for the Mamil in your life. If someone really likes something, chances are they are buying what they need for themselves. Instead, focus on the things they won’t splurge on and fill the void. For example, my mom will never buy expensive luxury items or brands for herself, so I do it for her. She would shudder at the idea of ​​a $ 70 reed diffuser or a $ 150 candle, but I can get them for her and spoil her a little. It’ll never make up for everything she’s done for me, but it lets her know how much I appreciate her.

Make it an obstacle

Is there anyone who doesn't like a basket?  We don't think so, especially this wonderful basket from www.welovelocal.nz
Is there anyone who doesn’t like a basket? We don’t think so, especially this wonderful basket from www.welovelocal.nz

Is there anyone who doesn’t like a basket? The only downside to pre-made baskets is that they can be a bit expensive. If you can pair people up and buy them a common gift, then a basket is a great idea. Food and drink baskets are suitable for almost anyone, but there are also beauty baskets filled with luxurious indulgence for those you want to pamper. The basket is the perfect gift because it’s wrapped, topped with a ribbon, and you can usually specify the day you want it to arrive. Find, choose, click, order and relax. The basket shown is We love local New Zealand.

Play it practice

Some handy household items make great gifts because you can never have too many of them. Not often seen as a gift, but a really plush towel set or a new high thread count sheet set will always be appreciated. Sheets and towels wear out all the time and many of us wait until they fall apart to get new ones. Other basic household items that I don’t think you can have too many of are the funky pillows, blankets, and tea towels.

Pet and package

If you have a friend or family member who is particularly difficult to buy, consider buying something for their pet instead.  Photo / Getty Images
If you have a friend or family member who is particularly difficult to buy, consider buying something for their pet instead. Photo / Getty Images

One year a friend gave me a gift for my dog ​​rather than for me and I was stunned. She knew, being an animal lover herself, that I would savor something for my four-legged best friend far more than something for myself. If you have a friend or family member who is particularly difficult for them to buy, stop by your local pet store and treat them to something ridiculously cute, useful, or both, for their pet. You are sure to surprise them and if they are as crazy about their pets as I am, it will be a hit.

Give time, not money

For friends or family who have young children, consider offering them a babysitting night. Make it a full night where you stay with the kids and they can get a good night’s rest in a fancy or Airbnb hotel or, if you have a kid-proof house, take them to yours and then bring back. them after lunch the next day. Make sure your gift is genuine, don’t just write it on a card or mention it, instead create a cute little voucher that you print or email. Encourage them to set a date so they know you are genuine. That night off is worth 1,000 Dyson vacuums for a tired and stressed parent.

Limit who you buy for

Buying gifts for everyone in your life creates year-over-year expectations that can be hard to break.  Photo / Getty Images
Buying gifts for everyone in your life creates year-over-year expectations that can be hard to break. Photo / Getty Images

No one wants to be caught off guard when someone unexpectedly buys a gift from us and we have nothing to give back, but the need to give to everyone just in case expectations just begin. year after year that can be hard to break. So instead of buying a scented candle for your uncle’s sister-in-law’s cousin, instead approach your uncle and suggest that instead of buying gifts for everyone, you would rather each person name their favorite charity and that you donate the money to be spent for a good cause. That leaves you with at least one less gift to buy, wrap, and transport. Merry Christmas.