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Last Minute Shopping Tips

Posted on Sunday, December 19th, 2010 at 12:03 pm
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Uh oh. Do you realize that Christmas comes this week? Yikes. If you waited to the last minute for some of your gifts, don’t worry, there is still hope of getting the presents into their hands by December 25th. Here are my best tips for all of us procrastinators, um, I mean busy shoppers.

Two day shipping

You can still get your gifts in their hands if you order today or tomorrow (December 20th)  and use two-day shipping. You may have to pay a bit more as a consequence to waiting, but you’ll still accomplish your mission of getting great gifts. Plus, if you do some research, you just may find a great coupon code that gives you two-day shipping for free, or at least upgrades you from standard shipping for free.

Sold out

It is inevitable that once you make a decision on a gift it winds up being sold out. This happened to use this year with a special toy for one of our children. Each of us was waiting for the other to make the decision and order the toy. Lo and behold it is completely sold out.

There are a couple of options here. Some websites allow you to backorder the gift. And while you may or may not get it before Christmas, you can give it eventually. If this happens, include a small gift that represents the real thing, such as an ornament and include a picture and estimated delivery time for the actual gift.

The other option is to simply choose a different gift and save your original idea for the next holiday, such as a birthday.

Gift cards

Gift cards are a life saver when it comes to getting a gift in time. There are so many different gift cards to choose among. Then, once you choose which store to target for your gift card, you’ll find so many different styles of cards. From the classic to the whimsical, picking out the perfect gift card can be a lot of fun.

To make things even easier, why not send an electronic gift certificate. You can do this as late as Christmas Eve!

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