Get Shopping in Ship Shape

Savvy Shopping
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And we’re off… the holiday season has begun. For some, shopping can be stressful. Here are a few tips that can help you get organized, save money, and enjoy the special feeling that giving has to offer.

Savvy Saving – Shop Local

They say it’s the thought that counts, and they are right. Giving some thought into the person that you’re buying for means that you don’t have to spend a lot – just do something special. Every town has something unique that you can get for under $20

1 Start by making a list – Write down everyone you have to buy for. Next to their names, put down their sizes, hobbies, their idols, their passions.

2 Shop your list – Look for things that are unique to that person – A book or calendar about the Panthers, a subscription, if it’s a couple, give them something they can both use – a gift certificate to a local restaurant for a date night or bakery. Who wouldn’t enjoy a gift card to a local local shop or spa or even pet grooming. Whatever their passion, it will show you thought of them.

3 Stock up/create a gift shelf – There will always be someone you forgot or who shows up unexpectedly. I like to keep gift cards, coasters, mugs, candles, wine stoppers or bottles of wine on hand. Then I always have something to give. I designate an area of shelf in my house where these are available, wrapped and I can grab at the last minute. If I don’t use them at the end of the season, I have gift cards and wine for myself. Look for door busters and stock up.

4 Stage a wrapping area in your house so you can wrap as you go – Include scissors, tags, ribbons, bows, etc.

5 Organize your wrapping – For me, presents for friends get wrapped in one kind of paper – family in another. I also pick one kind of wrapping for each different family member. I fill baskets with presents and they turn into a decoration during the holiday season. Keep a list in your kitchen drawer of what’s in the baskets so you know what’s in each box.

Voila! Your shopping is organized and you can enjoy the feeling of giving.

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