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We called it a “Mental Health Day”, and truly, as an ambivert who might be petrified of crowded malls on any given day, it was the perfect solution to getting my shopping done in a stress-free manner. Now that I have kids and less time to waste, I find that I still like to find the most stress-free ways to get my holiday shopping done. Over the last few years, I’ve discovered the wonder of our local Big Lots. I’m someone who needs to be super organized, or else it’s just a really big and untethered mess so I’ve started doing my holiday shopping in a countdown sort of way, so that I don’t miss anything important to do.
I’m often astonished when I walk around our local Big Lots because there is such a wide and fun variety of anything at all, much less all of your holiday gifting needs. Where else can you find large decorations, wrapping paper, toys, games, gift baskets, chocolates, pet products, household items, furniture, groceries and so much more?? Like Ugly Sweater Cookie Kits!
Day 1: Make a holiday budget and stick to it, if possible! Every November/December, I determine my holiday budget, while also factoring in the cost of decorations, gas and food expenses for holiday travel, party planning, gifts and wrapping paper and then I assign each thing a dollar amount. I haven’t yet figured out my gift list this early in the game, but I do make my estimates. You can use highly rated apps to track your holiday spending. I tend to round up with my estimates!
Day 2: Make that list! This is where being super-organized does come in handy. Write down the names of everyone you plan to buy a gift for, no matter how small (or even homemade) the gift may be. On your list, include a rough idea of what you want to give each person, along with the maximum amount you’re willing to spend. Don’t forget holiday tips – like for your mailman, babysitter, UPS man, etc. And don’t forget teacher and neighbor gifts!
Day 3: When you do shop, park smart! Raise your hand if you’ve lost your car in the parking lot while shopping. (me!) Next time you park in a crowded garage, mall or parking lot, take a picture with your phone to remind yourself where you parked. Honestly? I once lost my car in Disney World. The staff members there are complete pros but I wouldn’t have been circling with a toddler in a stroller during the fireworks if I had thought to take a photo first.
Day 4. Adopt a family! We do this every year through the Salvation Army at our local mall. You can provide a family in need with utilities, food, clothing and toys, or pick a wish list ornament off one of their trees to shop for a child in need. Scarlet and Des both picked out ornaments this year so we went straight to Big Lots to shop for toys and clothes.
Day 5. Be thoughtful. When in doubt about gift giving, which happens quite a bit to me, you can get creative and thoughtful. What I like to do is think about my favorite gifts from over the years – such as memory books, scrapbooks, coupon books, photos in frames, homemade and handmade items, etc. Then I think about doing those things for someone else.
Day 6. If ideas fail, there are always gift cards. Personally I love getting gift cards. It makes shopping so much fun. If you’re having trouble shopping, or if you’re running out of time, consider a Big Lots gift card!
Day 7. Don’t forget the hostess! Heading to a holiday party or have travel plans? Don’t forget to get a quirky or thoughtful or great gift for the home.
Day 8. Don’t forget stocking stuffers. These are really fun to shop for, and Big Lots has you covered!
Day 9. Start early, hit up Black Friday or Cyber Monday (if you’re brave) and then go during off times. I like to keep my eyes open all year round for items for friends and family. When the holiday season hits and after Black Friday, I tend to go during off times, like on weekday mornings or late at night, because it makes shopping easier for me.
Day 10. Make the most of Christmas Eve. If you’re brave enough to do it, get an early start and get to Big Lots when it opens!
Big Lots is THE place for buying holiday gifts and wrapping for me. This is a place for me to organize my thoughts and lists, and to check items off my to do list. Do I need gifts, gift baskets, wrapping paper, decorations and more? Yes. This is the place. I love the quality and price of every item I find at Big Lots. Styles and assortments vary by store – and I always know what I will find will be perfect for my holiday.