Skip the last-minute Christmas shopping stress and save money by doing some early Christmas shopping this year. Get all the tips and tricks you need in this post. This post was sponsored by Etsy, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
One of my favorite things about Christmas is buying unique gifts for friends and family. It takes time to find these gifts and money. I have found I can make both of those things easier by buying Christmas gifts throughout the year.
I know some people think that sounds exhausting and difficult. It’s really not once you get into that mindset and it can free up so much time for other things during the holidays.
I even know some people that wrap the gifts all year. I’m never that organized but working on them throughout the year is always my goal.
If you are new to Christmas shopping early I wanted to share some tips and tricks to make it simple and maybe save some money along the way as well.
Early Christmas Shopping Tips
Have a Plan Ready
The first step is to plan out who you need to buy for and what you want to buy. This can help you budget and start getting that shopping done.
I like to plan my Christmas shopping in my Christmas planner. It helps me stay very organized and not forget where I have gifts, what I’ve already purchased, and what I still need to get.
It takes very little time for me to set up the planner and then it’s easy to keep track of it all. Some sheets can even be used year after year.
Create a Place to Store Gifts
I keep gifts I buy throughout the year in a basket in my office closet. You may have room in a closet in your house or maybe space for a container under your bed. Just find a place with plenty of space and if you have kids you may want to put the gifts in a box they can’t see into and maybe high up.
I recommend writing this location down in your Christmas planner because I’ve heard of a lot of people forgetting about gifts and finding them later. I was even given a late Christmas gift this year because someone forgot they had it for me until they were cleaning.
Have a Budget
I touched on this with the planning part but it’s so important I want to go into more detail. The number one stress around Christmas is money. People go into debt every year to afford the Christmas they want.
I will never recommend that. Instead, I recommend saving what you can throughout the year, buying gifts on sale, and having a really good budget.
This is another thing I keep in my Christmas planner. I always budget more than I hope to spend because things always come up.
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Buy Unique Gifts
This is one of my favorite tips. When buying early you can be worried about someone ending up buying what you found for themselves. I always worry about this with my husband.
The best way I’ve found to avoid this is by buying really unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. I do this a lot by shopping on Etsy.
They have gifts for everyone and you are able to support small businesses. I have found some of the coolest gifts on Etsy and people always love them.
Etsy is also helping small businesses with #StandWithSmall. They are highlighting great products and shops on their editor’s picks page. I love all they are doing to help these businesses right now when times are tough.
Shop the Stress-Free Christmas Market
A fun way to shop early this year is with the Stress-Free Christmas Market. It’s a virtual Christmas market filled with fun shops that are perfect for some early Christmas shopping.
Instead of needing to search for gifts all over stores and the internet you can come to one place and find lots of great shop with wonderful gifts for the people in your life.
The Stress-Free Christmas Market will be October 25th-Christmas. You can sign up for updates to be sure not to miss the market.
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My Etsy Shop
Did you know I also have an Etsy shop? I’d love for you to check it out as well. I have a Christmas planner, a Christmas recipe book, and so much more.
Your support means the world to me, especially during this tough time. I know it means a lot to these other small shops as well. Let’s all #StandWithSmall and support these shops by getting some Christmas shopping done early. Also, share your Etsy finds on social media with #StandWithSmall.