If you look at a calendar and think, “Aw, it’s not even Christmas week yet. I’ve got plenty of time to shop,” you’re not alone.
There truly are people in this world who buy Christmas gifts all year round and finish before Thanksgiving, so they have time to wrap all their gifts beautifully. If that is not you by chance, then you’ve come to the right place. We can’t buy your holiday gifts for you or give you all the answers because a large part of gift-giving is relational and personal. But we can offer some insight and help you complete your shopping with some ideas and inspiration!
3 RULES TO REMEMBER WHEN SHOPPING FOR LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFTS
According to one study, “1-in-3 last-minute shoppers say they choose where to buy their gifts based on how soon they can get them.” This is often true because of the obvious… you probably waited too long to patiently allow a gift to arrive weeks after you purchased it. This reduces your options significantly and may require you to explore more brick-and-mortar options instead of online shopping. The upside is that you can go home with the gifts you need and not keep obsessing over when the mail will arrive.
KEEP YOUR EXPECTATIONS IN CHECK.
As we mentioned above, timing is everything, and if you wait too long to shop, your options become more and more limited. If you had in mind a gift on the more personalized, hand-made from Etsy side, it’s time to adjust your expectations and save that gift for a different celebration.
DON’T LET STRESS WIN OUT OVER CREATIVITY.
The stress of finding the perfect gift can sometimes block some of our other functionality, such as creativity. Try to pay attention to how you think about it all and notice if stress is the predominant factor influencing your thought process and decision-making. If you notice your stress is higher than you’d prefer, try a breathing exercise or meditation practice to re-center and allow yourself to press into your creativity.
BE WILLING TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX.
Not everyone cherishes gifts they can hold in their hands. There are plenty of people that have all the stuff they need but would absolutely love to enjoy an experience with you. Consider buying concert tickets, a night out at the local theatre, a pass to an outdoor adventure, or a coupon for them to choose their own experience with you! The point here is that you don’t have to do what you have always done. Step out of your comfort zone and think outside the box this Christmas!
Are there any local shops you keep wanting to stop by but haven’t yet?
Everleigh Garden on Dunlop Street
One local shop that comes to mind immediately is Everleigh Garden on Dunlop Street. This very eclectic shop has so many choices in every price range. There are perfect stocking stuffers and gag gifts for the comedian in the house, exquisite collectables, right up to the finest in cookware with Le Creuset for your ultimate foodie gifting.
If you are one of the many last minute shoppers, make sure to make this shop part of your shopping tour, you’ll be so glad that you did.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed your reading. Let us know the coolest last minute gift you ever bought in the comments!