With just five days until Christmas, are you done with your holiday shopping? If you’re anything like me you’ve got a long way to go 😐. Granted, this is where I’m at pretty much every year. I’ve gotten pretty good at navigating the last minute shopping scene so I wanted to share a few tips that have gotten me through those rough last shopping days.
1. Use Amazon Prime to your advantage.
These days who doesn’t use Amazon Prime, or at least have a friend with a Prime account that they can mooch off. Now is the time to take advantage of that account. You can buy pretty much anything on Amazon, but my top categories to search for gifts in are beauty, books (especially coffee table & cook books!), and tech under $100.
PSA: The last day for Prime 2 Day Shipping by Christmas is Friday, but I suggest ordering by Thursday afternoon to be sure!
2. In-Store Pickup
In-store pickup may be my favorite thing ever invented since the internet. In general, I love to avoid stores during busy times, and in-store pickup usually allows you to skip crowds and the lines! I’ve found Urban Outfitters is most reliable for in-store pickup, but places like LOFT, Ann Taylor, and J.Crew also have in-store pickup options. UO is also my fave because you can get everything from a holiday sweater for yourself to a cute cocktail shaker set for your BFF. I’ve linked a bunch of my favorite gifts below, including a couple presents for yourself!
3. All About Experiences
You really have to know the person your shopping for if you’re looking for an experience based gift, but when you get it right these can be the best gifts! I usually like to start at somewhere like Groupon to find the best local deals, but you can also do a bit of research on your favorite local spots on your own. My favorite ideas are cooking classes for your parents to do together, a spa day for you and your mom, or even a gift card to the person’s favorite restaurant. Luckily, with these gifts you can usually order online and then print out a fun explanation for what the gift is! If you can pick up a little gag gift (say oven mitts or a couple nail polishes) to go along with the card, even better!
4. The Last Resort
If none of the above options can work out for your gift shopping, my best suggestion is often what I end up doing… set an early alarm and head to the mall right as it opens. Go in with a plan as to where you’re shopping and what you need to get and set a timer for how long you’re going to be in the mall. A little pro tip I’ve found to be incredibly useful during busy times of the year – ask a store associate if there is a mobile check out you can do. A lot of associates at department stores now carry a mobile device that can do checkouts on the go, so you can skip the line!