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.
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.