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I know what you're thinking, Christmas just ended! Why would I want to start Christmas shopping again right after? Before you judge and think I'm crazy, hear me out.
Everyone shops the after Christmas sales for things like bags, wrapping paper and bows, but did you know you could still get some sweet deals on clothes, toys and other items too? It's true! Lots of stores have nice clearance sales, and if you time it just right then you might be able to stack a coupon with those deals. Here are some of my tips to find the perfect gifts early this year!
If you're planning to shop throughout the year like I do, the first thing you will need is a space to hide all those gifts. This really doesn't have to be in a closet. I actually have mine under my bed. Just find a place your kid's won't think of looking for gifts (or husband) so you can stash them there.
Next you will have to have a Gift List. I actually have a FREE Printable for you to download! I would probably file this away or put it in your gift closet so you will know where it is at all times. I usually have a separate gift hiding place and gift list for my husband so he won't find the things I get him.
Gift Idea List
Are you ever out shopping or looking online and see something that would make a great gift for someone? The only problem is it's not on sale or it's way too early to make or buy this item. Well this is where a handy dandy Gift Idea List can help. You just simply write your idea on the list and who it's for. You can look out for sales or save up and know exactly what to buy when the holidays come.
Look for Sales & Coupons
Lastly, remember to only shop sales or with coupons. If you are trying to score something big like an electronic or appliance then you are most likely to get the better deals around Black Friday or closer to the Holidays (depending what it is). For everything else though, you can easily score a great deal just by keeping your eyes peeled out for clearance and coupons! And what better time to take advantage of deals than January when all stores have after Christmas clearance & deals! ;)
I usually save those harder to shop for (my mom and dad) for last. It's usually gift cards for them and I get those closer to Christmas so I won't lose them.
That is my method for Christmas Shopping early! Here is a little sum up.
1) Have a designated place to stash things.
2) Gift Lists come in handy to keep track of it all.
3) Write gift ideas down throughout the year.
4) Look for sales & coupons throughout the year.
5) Following these tips will make for a stress free Holiday (At least as far as gifts go)!
This method also works for birthdays and anniversaries. I usually have my daughter's birthday gifts two months before.
Do I have any other early Christmas shoppers here? Any other tips you might have? I'd love to hear them!
I've linked up this post at:
-Table + Hearth
-Five Spot Green Living
-The Relaxed Homeschool