I know it’s a little early to start thinking about Christmas shopping, but it won’t be long before it’s time to start getting some of that Christmas shopping done. Better to start early than stress about it and fight your way through crowded malls and stores to find the perfect presents. Buying gifts, however, doesn’t have to resemble an episode of Survivor. Grab a cup of coffee, your gift list and head for your computer for the easiest holiday shopping you’ve ever experienced.
It’s Better with Baskets
Trying to think of the perfect gift for someone? Gift baskets are a great gift to give. You might think of gift baskets as too impersonal, but today’s baskets can be found in a multitude of themes that will suit most anyone on your list. For someone with a sweet tooth, give them a basket full of chocolates or gourmet cookies. For someone who is a calorie counter, how about a beautiful fruit basket or collection of spa items?
Don’t think of gift baskets as being just for women. For men, there are golf themed Christmas gift baskets or even baskets with micro-brewed beers and tasty snacks.
A great basket idea for a couple on your list is a gourmet cooking or wine basket that can be enjoyed for months to come. Companies will normally wrap and ship gift baskets, taking that chore off of you. It can’t get any easier than that.
Save the Shipping
Want to save money on shipping Christmas gifts? Buying gifts and shipping them from the local Post Office can get pretty expensive. Many online stores have cheap or even free shipping with purchases. Some stores offer discounted or free shipping if you spend a certain dollar amount and others will ship your purchases to the nearest store at no charge. If you’re going to be away from home for the holidays, why not order all the gifts and have them shipped to your holiday destination?
Christmas Gifts That Keep on Giving
Do you know someone that is hard to buy for? Give them something related to their interests or hobbies, like a magazine subscription. For someone who is really hard to buy for, gift cards make a great gift and they are certain not to disappoint.
Why not enroll them in a monthly club? There are many membership clubs, like craft clubs, beer of the month club, wine of the month club, gourmet food club and even clubs geared toward children. Just order the club subscription online and your gift will be delivered month after month, all year long.