Mélina Lamarche

By Mélina Lamarche

December 2, 2015

Health

Tips on how to keep Christmas gift shopping simple

Article revised on 10 December 2018

The holiday season is traditionally a time of good cheer, but the gift-giving can get out of hand! It’s important to stay on top of it all. Here are a few things you can do to prevent your good intentions from becoming a chore.

1. Get a head start

Don’t wait until the last minute to come up with gift ideas and hit the stores. Start shopping ASAP, and take advantage of extended shopping hours in malls. It’s a good way to get into the festive spirit!

2. Make a list

A detailed list will include the names of the people you want to buy a gift for, as well as a few gift ideas for each person.

3. Draw up a budget

Set a max budget for each gift, and stick to it. That way, you won’t be in for a nasty surprise in January, when you receive your credit card statement.

4. Shop online

Avoid full parking lots and long checkout lines by shopping online on sites you trust. One of the perks of online shopping is that you can often have your purchases delivered to your home.

5. Propose an original gift exchange

Each person in a group brings one gift that is tied to a particular theme and budget. Once all the gifts have been selected and unwrapped, the participants can decide whether they want to keep their gift or swap it for someone else’s.

6. Be creative!

What do you give someone who has everything? How about some of your time! Go to the movies, have dinner, take part in an original group activity, help out with some odd jobs, cook a meal together…

7. Hold on to your receipts

If any items have to be returned or exchanged, it will be easier to find the appropriate receipt if you keep them all in the same place.

8. Get crafty!

Use your talents to come up with gifts of your own creation. Homemade gifts are perfect for kids and adults alike. We’ve included a few ideas below…

DIY gift ideas

The most personalized and well-intentioned gifts are the ones you make yourself. If you would like to explore this option but need some ideas, here are a few, with the supplies you will need:

1) Holiday coupon book: Strips of construction paper + stickers + hole puncher + ribbon to tie the coupons together

2) Chaulkboard mugs: Porcelain mugs + black porcelain chaulkboard paint + chaulk

3) Box of spices: Small glass jars + variety of spices + labels + decorative box

4) Potpourri: Dried fruit and flowers + aromatic spices + clear plastic bag + decorative plate

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