Now that the new year is here, my mind turns to finding gifts in advance. Buying gifts through out the year is a great way to distribute the financial (and emotional) stress that can come with the holiday season. Just think, what if you were to just buy one Christmas Gift a month? Twelve gifts already done by Christmas—talk about being ahead of the game! Before you head out to the stores to start on your 2020 Christmas shopping, here are somethings to consider:
Will this person be in your life by the next gift giving occasion?
When shopping for gifts in advance look for gifts for people that will be in your life by next Christmas. Anything can happen, and we can’t predict the future but if you’re going to buy a gift in January, buy it for someone who’s been in your life for a while. Maybe start with a parent versus your new friend you just met at the gym.
Will this person’s size be consistent?
If you’re going to buy clothing for someone, make sure that their weight has stayed fairly consistent over the years. If their weight tends to greatly fluctuate, a sweater might not be the best gift. If you have young children on you list that are still growing, then wait on any clothing gifts for them until closer to the holiday season.
Will their interests be consistent?
Along with sizes for children, interests also greatly change so even though they are obsessed with Star Wars right now, at the end of the year, that could be the furthest thing from their minds. On the other hand, if your husband has been in love with music since he was a child, then there is a better chance he will still be in love with music at the end of the year.
Buy from returnable stores.
Think about the places that you are most likely to buy gifts from and make sure they have an excellent return policy. The goal is to always buy items that you are actually going to give, but as I said before, you just never know what is going to happen so that was you’re safer from buyer’s remorse.
Start with close friends and family.
If you are ready to start your shopping early, then my last tip is to simply start with the recipients you know the best and keep your ears and eyes open. The gifts that you buy for your close family now will come as a huge surprise to them when they realized you remembered what they said they wanted months ago! After close friends and family, then work your way to the friends you don’t know as well. For those you may not know as well, be a good listener and you can feel relaxed that you have time to figure out what they need.
If you’re not ready to start shopping, at least start your list! Keep track of all of the ideas you come across throughout the year so you are ready to go when the holiday season approaches.