Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Smarter Holiday Shopping and Gifting

The holiday season is upon us once again.  If you are like most women/mothers, you probably are the one most responsible for all the holiday gifts.  At least that is the way it is at my house.  My husband can’t ever come up with ideas even for his own family!!!  Most of us don’t have unlimited discretionary funds for shopping so we often have to be creative so we can save money during the holiday season. 

Twittermoms and Office Depot  have teamed up to ask bloggers to share ten tips for smarter holiday shopping and gifting.  Here is my list:

1.    I start early.  Real early.  In fact, right after Christmas.  I hit the after Christmas clearance sales for thing like luxury socks, gift sets, candles, and so forth for small gifts for the next year.  Why pay $15 next year when I can get it for $2 now?
2.    Shop online.  Many sites offer free shipping.  This saves time and the hassle of getting out in the crowds.  Not to mention you save money on gas!
3.    I like to go to independent gift stores.  You get personal service and can often find unique gifts.
4.    Always look for coupons when you go shopping, whether shopping online or in-store.  Watch ads for coupons and search the internet for coupons.  If you are shopping at a mall, stop by the mall office.  Often they have coupon booklets.
5.    Shop sales early.  Avoid the crowds and get the best selection.
6.    Don’t overlook closeout stores.  You can find some great products at awesome deals!
7.    Shop for Christmas d├ęcor at the end of the season.  When you are invited to a party, it is always nice to give the host a beautiful new holiday plate or dish.
8.    Make gifts.  There are some really creative ideas out there for nice gifts.  I suggest you start making them long before the holiday season so they are ready to go.  I fill jars with my delicious pancake mix, decorate, attach a spoon and they are ready to go!
9.    Shop thrift stores and yard sales.  Young kids don’t know if something is new or not—they love it anyway.  You may also find new items that are appropriate to give to adults.
10.Check Craigslist or Ebay to get good deals.  Just make sure the seller is reputable.

Remember, gift giving doesn’t have to be hectic and expensive.  With a little planning and some creativity, you can have beautiful gifts that everyone is sure to enjoy!  You may want to stop by Office Depot's website at https://www.top30smartgifts.com/ and get some ideas for everyone on your wish list.  Plus, they also have a daily instant win game.

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About Office Depot:
Office Depot, Inc. is a global supplier of office products and services. The company was incorporated in 1986 with the opening of our first retail store in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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If you haven't considered Office Depot for Christmas shopping, you may want to check it out.  You can finds something for just about everyone, from toddlers to Grandpa in their stores!

Disclosure:  I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Office Depot blogging program, making me eligible to get a $40 Office Depot gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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