Now that we are tip-toeing juuust at the edge of December, It’s time to start thinking about what to gift your loved ones for Christmas. Christmas gift shopping is one of my favourite things to do during the cold winter months. Is it stressful? Absolutely! And you will always worry about if what you gave was enough, but in the end, I just love figuring out what to give each person. Snuffing out all the good deals is so much fun and wrapping the gifts up beautifully for the evening (or morning, depending on where you live) It’ll finally be opened, is worth all the hassle to me.
Last year I would have been long finished by now but this year had different plans for me and I have been thrown a little off my usual course. I am, as a matter of fact, a couple of presents short. Though I can still brag about the fact that I have started at least!
I always try to get in on the good deals during Black Friday as well as the following Cyber Weekend but sometimes it slips. Some of you may be in a similar situation and so I thought I would present (HAH) you guys with some gift ideas, some general tips and tricks for shopping during the holidays as well as some good websites to go shopping for the last gifts before December hits us for good.
My general Shopping Tips&Tricks:
Let’s start with some general tips to keep in mind before you get started. These mostly pertain to online shopping, as I myself do most of my Holiday shopping online and it’s generally what I prefer but they can also be applied to street shopping as well:
- Create a shopping list before you go looking for deals:
Gather wish lists from everyone you need to get presents for and write your own personalised Christmas gift shopping list, complete with options for which stores to go to for each item. Though make sure to keep it a secret and out of reach from anyone who’s a little too curious about what you’re getting them.
- Create a budget:
Budgeting is never fun but some restraint has to be applied during the holidays if you are a starving student like myself. Figure out how much you have as well as how much you want to spend on gifts before you go shopping. That way you’ll have a small estimate of the price range of the gifts you will have to get, plus you won’t be flat-out broke when January finally comes around.
- Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for sales and/or promo codes:
Companies usually plug a lot of sales codes during the holiday seasons so keep a watchful eye on your favourite stores and influencers to make sure you get the best deals.
- Always account for shipping prices and delays when shopping online:
This step is super important as you don’t want to send/order something in good faith, only to find out that it won’t arrive on time. This is especially prevalent during the holidays.
My Personal Christmas Gift Ideas and Where To Shop Them:
Now that we are prepared, here are some personal gift ideas from me to take inspiration from as well as some suggestions to websites you could visit to find your perfect Christmas gifts:
Here I’ve chosen a couple of popular fall/winter items that could be great gifts for a lucky lady in your life! I was mostly thinking about my sisters when making this. F.x. in my home, jewellery is always a home-run. Gift a beautiful ring/necklace/bracelet on its own or combine it with a colourful sweater or a small piece of makeup, to make your gift even more special!
Where to shop:
Here I’ve chosen items featuring a very nordic design. They fit into almost any home and won’t clash too much with existing decorations. They are simple, elegant and useful. Besides, who doesn’t love a good plaid or a new duvet set to snuggle in after Christmas? You’ll be a fam-favourite in no time! *wink*
Where to shop:
These I included mostly because in Denmark we love to host Christmas parties with lots of games that usually, somehow, involves either presents, alcohol or both. Secret Santa is also a thing most places around the world and so I thought I would include some personal suggestions for some small affordable, exchangeable gifts.
Some nice tea or coffee are also great gifts, as they are things most people use during wintertime. Some cool socks or a nice phone case are also gifts most would be happy to receive. Chocolate is also always a good idea and if you live in Denmark (like I do) you can often find them with salt-liquorice coating! They’re much nicer than they sound and if you know someone who doesn’t like them, you could always trick them by removing the label. *wink*
Where to shop:
And there you have it! Hopefully, you feel a small bit better prepared to tackle the absolute madness that is Christmas gift shopping after reading this. If you have other gift ideas, feel free to share them in the comments! Christmas is all about giving after all. So share your ideas and let’s help each other make the gift shopping go as smooth as possible this year.
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