The holiday season is upon us and people are looking for tips on how to be effective and efficient when it comes to shopping. Here are a few tips that can be useful when trying to save money and finding unique gifts.

Consider Less Expensive Options

Looking for less expensive alternatives can help save money for those who may be on a budget. There are different stores available that may offer discounts on certain items people may enjoy. Stores like TJ Maxx or Marshalls offer designer products and other items at discounted prices. Five Below is another great store to look in for less expensive options. All the items in the store are $5 or less and they offer a wide range of products from Bluetooth speakers to home décor.

Don’t Shop Too Early

It may be tempting to shop early to beat the crowds as the holidays become closer. Nevertheless, it is better to wait as more deals will begin to appear as the holidays near. For instance, Black Friday and Cyber Monday will provide huge deals in stores and online. Even once these shopping events are over, other sales will continue.

Create a Themed Gift Basket

If you know a person’s favorite color, candy, movie, or snack, you can create a themed gift basket. You can find different clothing pieces, accessories, or snacks that are related to the theme and place them in the gift basket. Another option is to create a basket that supports their hobbies. This may be creating a basket filled art supplies for an artist or a basket of classroom supplies for a teacher.

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Do It Yourself

A DIY is a great way to save money and shows that you put thought and time into the gift. You can shop for the different materials that are required to create the gift that someone will enjoy. Examples and instructions for these personalized gifts can be found on websites such as Pinterest or by searching for “DIY Gift Ideas” on a search engine.

Unsure of What Someone May Like? Purchase a Gift Card

Gift cards are a great option when you may not know what to purchase. Gift cards allow the person to choose an item they will enjoy. Gift cards, or even cash, can also be exceptional if you know that someone is saving up for a big purchase. This contribution can help the person achieve their goals.