How I’m Planning Ahead For All My Holiday Shopping

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You read it right – I’m already planning my holiday shopping in October & yes, I’m aware Halloween hasn’t even happened yet. The way I see it, there’s no better time than now to start getting prepared for the next two biggest wallet-draining months. I have no desire to be grabbing at straws, competing with everyone & their mother shopping online; not to mention, I’d really love to not be dead broke by the end of November & most of December as a result of last-minute purchasing behavior.

Here are some of the ways I’m getting ahead with my holiday shopping already:


START LISTS EARLY

Get brainstorming on gift ideas by writing out everyone’s name of whom you intend to get a gift for & listing all potential present ideas as they come to mind. Pay attention to the conversations of your friends & family, as you might get a suggestion of a gift without them realizing it given the fact it’s still fall.

PAY ATTENTION TO POTENTIAL SALES

97% of the major retailers you intend to shop from will be having a sale/deal offer one way or another. Instead of scrambling to search every site that comes to mind on the day EVERYONE is doing the same, make a note of what brands/retailers you’d like to exclusively shop from when these sales hit. You’ll feel better prepared & less stressed when the time comes to jump on those steals & deals.

CONSIDER “PRE-OWNED”

If you’re in the market for something very coveted, whether it’s a luxury designer item or a product marketed to be one of the #1 gifts this holiday season, then you should 100% check on those consignment sites. I remember scoring my very coveted Gucci Marmont belt on eBay last year, finding one available in my size when not even the Gucci store itself had it in stock – International included! Other sites to check out for designer re-sale: The RealReal, Tradesy, Vestiaire Collective, & Poshmark.

SET A BUDGET & PRICE-COMPARE

The best way to avoid spending too much money is by setting a limit on how much you’ll spend per gift per person on your list. Once I find a gift idea, if not too brand-specific, I like to find multiple options of the same/similar gift to do a price comparison before I decide to purchase. Sometimes you end up saving as much as $100 on an item that’s sold for less from a different retailer, especially if there’s an exclusive sale happening too.

WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU PREPARE FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING?


Dress/XL Blouse: Zara | OTK Boots: Stuart Weitzman | Bag: Henri Bendel (sold out)



12 Comments

  • Reply ellen from ask away blog October 25, 2018 at 7:59 am

    I do this every year and it really does make a difference!

    • Reply Tilden October 30, 2018 at 11:33 am

      It really does! Thanks for reading Ellen xx

  • Reply Megan October 25, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Halloween hasn’t even past yet and I’m already in stress about holiday shopping.

    • Reply Tilden October 30, 2018 at 11:34 am

      Hopefully some of these tips help eliminate some of your stress, babe! xx

  • Reply Ruth October 25, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    I usually start planning right after Halloween. I think sales can be good but there can be some good ones going on now too!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

    • Reply Tilden October 30, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Totally agree Ruth! There are definitely sales happening in bursts during the weeks leading up to Black Friday & Cyber Monday!

  • Reply Nicole at High Latitude Style October 26, 2018 at 12:26 am

    Great styling of the OTK boots with the printed dres. Thanks for sharing your great style at the Top of the World Style linkup party.

    • Reply Tilden October 30, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Thank you Nicole!! xx

  • Reply Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies October 26, 2018 at 3:47 am

    I really need to plan a little more. I buy with my heart – and use up my budget in a flash!! Thanks for the tips xx
    https://www.passionfruitpawsandpeonies.com

    • Reply Tilden October 30, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Anytime Maria! I’m guilty of shopping that way occasionally too. Happens to the best of us! xx

  • Reply Angela November 2, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Oh wow, I wouldn’t have guessed that’s a shirt! Love your styling

    Angela | http://www.lenorth.com

    • Reply Tilden November 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Right!? It worked out so well as a dress! xx

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