Dec. 20, 2012
Buying Last Minute Christmas Gifts written by Sydney Alcala for BillCutterz Money Saving Blog.
Now that itís only 5 days away from Christmas, itís time for the procrastinators to start their shopping. Here are 8 tips for buying last minute Christmas gifts.
Online retailers are still offering guaranteed delivery by Christmas so you can still scour the web for gifts. Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart and Target are great places to start because they are shipping items 24/7 through Christmas Eve.
Keep it Simple
Instead of trying to get creative, now is the time to keep it simple. Stick to items that are easy to find in stores and online so you donít have to worry about fighting with someone else for the last Turbo-Man.
Gift Cards & Cash
Gift cards and cash are great gift choices for last minute shoppers because they are always available. Make sure to avoid gift cards with expiration dates or penalties for non-use.
Give a gift that keeps on giving. Go with a subscription to a favorite service like Netflix, or sign up your loved one for a wine of the month club.
Make a Plan
For brick and mortar retailers, making a plan is the best tip. Figure out what items you want and where to go. Stores will be packed so if you are prepared, you can get in out and more quickly.
Dollars Stores for Wrapping
Visit your local dollar stores to get the best deal on wrapping paper, bows, and bags. Your wallet will thank you.
Always get a gift receipt in case your loved one wants to return or exchange the item. While some retailers have lax return policies after the holidays, itís better to be safe than sorry.
Even though itís last minute, donít stress. Keep your cool and even if you donít find the perfect gift, life will go on.
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