You know how it goes as it happens every year. You check the list of Christmas presents you have to get and before you know it, you’re spending more than you’d hoped to spend and are left with mediocre presents. Sound familiar? So as you open those credit card bills this month and gasp at the balance, I wanted to share a few tips on how if you simply start shopping NOW for Christmas, ¬†this coming December you can bypass the crowded shopping centers. Which in turn means you can skip the frustrating task of trying to find that last parking spot or trying to juggle all of your purchases while you wait in line for 20 minutes. Sounds kind of nice, right?

Sales and Clearance Events

Steep discounts are often available to shoppers who head back to the stores shortly after the holiday season has passed. I don’t know about you, but I love shopping in January because of all the clearance sales! I see so many things marked down that would make the perfect present for the following year. I’m talking about closeout items — which can range — but basically they’re items a particular store is no longer going to carry. There’s also Christmas-related merchandise that you can get for literal pennies by now. One thing I always look for is wrapping paper that can be used year-round, like for birthdays or other holidays!

Items to Avoid Storing for Future Holidays

  • Anything with food is something you’re going to want to pass on. That is unless the deal was too good to pass up and you’re buying it for yourself. And hey, no judgment here. Those gift sets with sausages and cheese make for great snacking!
  • Children’s clothing is also a tough one if you’re thinking of gifts for others. Just from experience, I know it sometimes can be tough to nail down the right size after just seeing the child you want to gift clothes too, but think about how difficult it would be to figure out what size to get them for this coming December? However, if you see a deal that’s just too good to pass up, think about getting the clothing a few sizes too big so you know they can grow into it.
  • The other thing I tend to avoid: Electronics. With the speed of changing technology, what you purchase this January could be obsolete come December.

Think about Gifts Appropriate for Storing

As much as you want to buy grandma a new Christmas tree, as good as the deal may be, if you don’t have a place to store it, then the deal isn’t as sweet as it looks. If you’re low on storage room, think about smaller items that you can get now to cash in on the savings, such as a watch from Orient Watches or other smaller items that don’t take up a lot of room.

Plan for Future Savings

One thing I like to do is write down everyone I need to buy presents for. Sure, a few people might be added to the list over the course of the year, but at least you’ll have a general idea of how many people you’ll need to buy for. I know we’re talking about shopping for Christmas, but another thing I like to do is write down all of the birthdays that I’ll need to buy presents for. Having a list not only helps me plan but saves me from scrambling at the last minute.

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