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How to Shop for the Best Last Minute Gifts

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Shopping for gifts is stressful enough, but when you have limited time and a long list of people to shop for, the joys of giving are often replaced with rushed decisions. We want our gifts to be memorable and unique, so if you’re short on time but also want to make a lasting impression, here’s how to shop for the best last minute gifts for any occasion.




BUDGET

Budget is usually the biggest factor in choosing a last minute gift. Determine a budget for every gift on your list to make sure you’re shopping with a plan. A large gift guide will display items at various price points so that you can pick the perfect gift at the right price point for you. Remember that any budget for a gift will be appreciated!



STYLE

Consider the personal style and taste of the gift receiver. What are their hobbies, what colors do they like, how much use can they get from their gift, will the item complement their existing collection or home. Style is very personal, so putting extra effort into this consideration will go a long way with making an impression on the receiver.



TIME

Depending on how much time you have left to shop will determine the selection of gifts you can purchase. Taking time to shop in-store, while there’s no waiting on shipping, can limit the item selection. Online shopping will always give the biggest assortment of items to choose from to make sure you get the exact gift you’re needing for everyone on your list. Gift guides for him and her are a great place to start if you’re short on time because the curation is already done for you.



SIZE

Take into consideration the physical size of the item you’d like to gift. Larger items such as home or bathroom items physically take up a lot of space, so make sure that the gift receiver can fit the item easily into their existing decor and living space. Smaller gift items are easy to both purchase and give because size is less of a factor.




TO DIY OR NOT TO DIY

The dreaded question of to DIY or not to DIY a present comes down to personal preference, especially when needing a last minute gift. Only DIY a gift if you have the time to do so. If you’re on a time crunch, the best course is to buy a ready-made gift that requires no assembling on your part. DIY’s are often a cute idea and can even be more cost-effective, but the time it takes to DIY and the energy to figure out a good DIY gift aren’t for last minute presents.

 

 

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