The holidays are stressful. Add in the time and money demands of holiday shopping, and you may be tempted to keep a therapist on speed dial. Traveling, surviving holiday office parties, and managing relatives can make the holidays stressful. But last minute shopping doesn't have to be. Discover how to accomplish stress free holiday shopping below!
You have no idea where to start or what to buy: Whether it is toys, apparel or electronics, major retailers and brand-specific websites are publishing “hot holiday lists” and top picks for almost anything. There are plenty of top picks by Amazon, Toys R Us, and PC Magazine for electronics, plus there are even top pick lists for cosmetics and best buys for kitchen ware. Boutiques offer great gift-giving options as well! Since people really respond to unique gifts, think outside the box, anything from personalized yoga mats to craft jewelry could be just the gift to wow them this season. Check out your local small business boutique for last-minute novelty gifts that your friends and family would love.
Looking to save time and money: If you’re constantly on the go and prefer to rely on some preliminary shopping via your cellphone or mobile tablet, many apps can make shopping a bit more organized and convenient. There are apps for apparel such as Wanelo and Wish, and major retailers or brands also have their own apps such as Pink Nation for Victoria’s Secret. Need to keep track of all your online purchases? There’s an app for that! The larger shipping services like UPS and FedEx have their own apps, but you can also try the Slice app or the Posted app depending on your needs. Online and app shopping will save you the hassle and time, but you need to plan for shipping delays, some of your items could easily be coming from China and take a whole month to arrive.
Complete your shopping in one place or in one day: Pick and choose where you think you may spend the majority of your holiday budget, and join the loyalty programs for coupons and reductions. Be choosy and make sure you register with the loyalty programs that will really deliver savings and unique purchases as opposed to spam mail. The key to holiday shopping is to avoid impulse buying. Make a list, and start early. Go online or ask your loved ones and friends about their hobbies. Stress relief and savings are the result of doing the homework. If you don’t, the worst will happen - you’ll force yourself to buy out of desperation.How do you avoid stress while getting your last minute shopping completed this holiday season? Share your tips below!
Christmas List App (The Android Alternative is Free Christmas List)Apple App Store Google Play Store If you have multiple gifts for each person on the list. The Christmas List app helps you keep track of presents you've bought and for who. Different lists bring organization to a new level from a "Purchased", Wrapped, Shipping, Received. There will be minimal confusion. You can even sort the priority of a gift from "definitely wants" to a maybe. Tracking a budget with each person and as a total is a breeze with easy to read graphics. Christmas shopping was never so neat and organized.
ShopkickApple App Store Google Play Store Once you know what you’re going to get those on your list; why not make it worthwhile? With the Shopkick app. Over 4 million users can’t lie. What’s so great about this app? You don’t even have to buy anything to get rewarded. By just walking into certain stores; you get points. The app gives you a heads up on sales and discounts. With can redeem all sorts of rewards with the kicks you earn. Everything from Starbucks drinks to song downloads and trips. You've got nothing to lose; and tons of rewards to gain.
Sincerely InkApple App Store Google Play Store This app is wonderful for those on the go that need to mail out Holiday Cards. With Sincerely Ink you can send design and send all types of cards (not just holiday cards) to anyone in your address book. With over one hundred customizable designs; your loved ones will feel extra special when receiving their personalized card from you!
SpotifyApple App Store Google Play Store This is the mother of all music streaming apps. Whether you get the basic (free) version or the premium version you're going to enjoy lots of music. By lots I mean millions. You can access Spotify on smartphones, tablets and desktops. You can stream your fave holiday hits or jam to oldies with customized playlist shared by family and friends. You can zone out a bit when holiday shopping or be the family DJ at gatherings.
ManillaApple App Store Google Play Store With all the holiday sales and gift giving; it’s easy to slip up on bills. With the Manilla app you can keep tabs on all of your bills. Everything from household, finance bills, subscriptions and rewards can be tracked with this app. Don't lose track of your finances this holiday season. The Manilla app is available for both iOS and Android.
iFinger (For iOS only)Apple App Store If you're one of those who has trouble wrapping present. Cut the wrapping too large, or to small? That will no longer be a problem with iFinger. By just inputting the dimensions of your present you will save lots of time and wrapping paper. It gives you illustrated gift wrapping directions. Sorry guys, this one is only for iOS.
What are some of your favorite shopping apps this season? We want to know! Happy Shopping!!