The holiday season is under way and for many that means hitting the malls, shopping avenues, and interwebs to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. I happen to be one of those people that finishes most of their Christmas shopping by October but I know that is not normal for most people so I wanted to share some of my holiday gifting tips to hopefully help make your holiday shopping a little less stressful. So without further adieu here are some of my gifting secrets....
I tend to find the best deals and most thoughtful gifts by shopping in local stores. Local stores have some of the coolest things on their shelves and you won't have to worry that someone else will gift the same thing. I also get a joy out of talking to the shop owners and their families who are many times staffing the store in addition to a few employees. If you want to get a gift with a story look for local stores that upcycle, or rework old things into new ones. These types of unique gifts work really well for close friends and family members. Places to shop:
Another great place to snag deals and great gifts are global stores. These stores bring trinkets, treasures, and everything in between from all over the world right to you. If you have a friend that loves to travel or a family member that likes to try new things you may want to spend some time in one of these stores. My favorite things to get here are the small packages of flavored coffees, hot chocolates, or teas then all the things to go with it like honey or mugs or airplane liquor bottles. I also really like the wine selection in the stores along with the trinkets and accessories that can be found throughout the stores, think beautiful scarves, colorful tapestries, and unique holiday ornaments & home decor. Places to shop:
DIY IT (aka Build A Bag/Basket)
One of my favorite things to do is to combine little treasures I have found in my shopping adventures to create a custom gift. If you plan to go this route you can choose to follow a theme or just combine the things that the person you are gifting loves into one package. When you create a gift you also have the power to choose how large or small it will be along with being super flexible on budget. I tend to shop throughout the year for pieces that I know will be great in these gifts, getting things during various sales (summer clearance sales are great for beauty pieces) at some of my favorite stores. Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off Fifth, and HomeGoods have great multipacks that can be used to split across gifts. Ulta has great holiday deals & Anthropology always has the perfect little touches for both personal and home. Some of my favorite basket/bag ideas:
Happy Holidays & Happy Gifting!