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Last Minute Christmas Shopping Tips

by Guest Poster

If you’re like me, most of the big gifts for your immediate family are out the way.  Now it’s time to purchase (or not) small gifts for friends, family and associates.  Here is my holiday gift guide that won’t break the bank.

Determine if the prospective gift recipient needs, or even wants, a gift. Last Christmas, I made it clear to my loved ones that I’d only buy gifts for kids. And you know what? It worked!  Some people, like the elders in your family, just want you to spend time with them.

Check your closet before you go running to the store. I tested this last night and found a bunch of gifts from 2008′s after Christmas sales. Now I know I have on hand if needed.

Don’t splurge on kids that aren’t your own. Walgreens and CVS sell buy 2, get 1 free gifts. For less than $14.00, you can grab a really cool gift for that other kid on your list.

Shop discount stores like Ross, Marshalls and TJ Max. With patience, you can generally find high quality stuff for low prices. It’s a good idea to eat lunch before you get there to avoid spending your gift money on food.

Buy gifts that fit the person’s lifestyle. Last year, I bought my ex a portable hand mixer and an iPod. While he appreciated the iPod, he LOVED the hand mixer. It was perfect for mixing protein shakes at work or while headed to the gym.

Accessorize their life. Bling out their iPhone with a nice case. Stop by Bealls Outlet and grab a nice jewelry set to match something in their closet. Go to Bealls on Friday for an extra 15% off if you are 49 and under.

Go Green. Show that you are all about the green movement. I’m not talking about buying some high priced eco friendly products.  I’m talking about repurposing something that you already have.  Maybe it’s the sweater they always admired, or a few books that are worth sharing.

Whatever you give this season, let it be from the heart.  You don’t have to break the bank to make someone smile, just put some thought into it and the love will shine through.

Tiá Jones is a small business consultant. Her clients include YouHaveMoreThanYouThink.org and SistersSpace.com.  When she is not trying to change the world through entrepreneurship, she blogs about event planning and all things pretty on TheHostessChick.com.

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jessica December 24, 2009 at 6:15 AM

Great ideas! I need to start the gift closet with after holiday sales this year. I'd love to go shopping in my own closet!

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