Best Shopping Season

afterxmas saleThis is my favorite time of the year for Christmas shopping.  I know, I know, Christmas was a few days ago, but hear me out.  This is the time of year where things are so deeply discounted that you can stock up for all of your 2018 birthdays, celebrations and yes Christmas.  Most of your stores are trying to get rid of not only their Christmas inventory but their winter inventory as well.  So why not stock up now and save money on your 2018 Christmas budget.

Stores like Bath and Body Works and the Body Shop are my favorites.  The Body Shop has a seasonal scent, cranberry that is only available during this time of the year and I stock up on this scent EVERY year.  Last year I purchased several gift sets valued at $45 for $5.  They made great gifts this year.  Also at Bath and Body the holiday scented lotions are normally marked down to less than $5 so why not stock up.  Lotions last a long time and you don’t have to worry about them getting watered down or not lasting through the year.

Also stores like Walgreens and Walmart have gift sets that are drastically reduced during this time of year.  I remember hosting an event during this time of year and being able to provide all of the participants with great gifts because of the reduced rates during this time of year.  This is a great opportunity to purchase gifts for everyone on your list.  This is also a great time to shop if you have birthdays coming early in the year, buy a great gift without breaking the bank.  I know personally my dad’s birthday is in January and I can normally find great valet sets or cologne sets for a fraction of what they normally cost.

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This is also the best time of year to stock up on hats, scarves and gloves.  Most stores have these so deeply discounted that I purchase gloves in all colors and I purchase additional sets to give to local shelters or to people in need.  For those with kids, especially kids who always lose gloves, this is the perfect time to prepare for the rest of winter as well as next winter.  You can always find great sales on these items and if you live in a cold weather area like I do, hats, scarves and gloves are a necessity.

Additionally, this time of year is great for holiday decorations.  I love to switch up the color scheme on my trees each year (even though it has been awhile since I actually put up a tree).  This is the time where stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby discount their ornaments and other décor sometimes as much as 90%.  I have found some amazing deals on ornaments, tree skirts, baskets, wrapping paper and gift boxes.

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Another tip.  Valentines Day is around the corner.  If you make gift bags for schools or friends or send care packages, holiday candy is holiday candy.  You can always use the chocolates and other items that go on sale right after Christmas for your Valentines day goody bags.  And since red is a popular color for both Christmas and Valentines Day you are in a position to win either way.  The key is to think outside of the box and to find items that are holiday neutral.

After my after holiday shopping is complete, I simply store all of the items in a box or tote and everything is on hand once the holiday season returns.  It is really that simple.  Shop with the people that you gift in mind and you can sit back and relax next December because your holiday shopping is complete.  The only things you may have to buy is for kids because of new toys and changing sizes.

Holidays are a great time to give and show those you care that you are thinking about them.  The truth of the matter is far too often people find themselves stressed after Christmas because those Christmas bills begin to roll in.  Why not save yourself some frustration and some money by preparing (yes a year in advance)  and get use the money you save to donate to a great cause or add to your savings or vacation fund.

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I hope these tips helped you as much as they have helped me over the years.  I used to drive myself crazy attempting to shop for everyone and often ended up spending money I didn’t have.  Once I broke the habit of trying to please everyone and focused on how to get more for my money without going broke, I learned that it was quite easy to give great gives and not go broke attempting to do so.

Be Blessed!  Be Fabulous!

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Holiday Gifts Under $25

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So here we are at day 5 of my holiday gift guide.  We started with gifts under $5 and here we are at gifts under $25.  Here are 10 unique gifts for the important people in your life.  These options provide you with a budget conscious way of shopping for all of the people on your holiday list without being in debt when 2018 starts.  Following is a list of gifts for under $25

  1.  Wave Mug and Coaster Set $20.40 (The Grommet)

    Of all of the gifts I have discovered, I think this is my personal favorite.  I enjoy having tea everyday and what a stylish way to have tea without wondering where to place your used tea bag or a small snack.  I really think this is a gift that the tea or coffee drinker in your life would cherish (hint*hint).

  2. Charcuterie Cutting Boards under $25 (World Market)

    This is two of the various options you have to choose from.  Since I added the Marble cheese slicer and marble coasters on previous list, the marble charcuterie board would make a wonderful addition to a hostess set gift.   Or for a more natural look the wood option works as well.

    3.  Map Maker Passport Holder $24.99 (Anthropologie) Mappassport holder 24.99

For the friend or work colleague that is jet-setting around the globe, what a great gift for them.  A stylish way to cover their coveted passport and see the world in style.

4.  Lush Holiday Gift Set price varies (Lush)

Lush set $19.95You can never go wrong with a gift from Lush.  One of the great things is that most of their gifts are already wrapped.  So if you are one of those people who hates the thought of wrapping a gift, Lush is your spot.

5.  Hairo Cold Brew Coffee Pot $25.99 (Bed Bath and Beyond)

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A great gift for the coffee drinker in your life.  This cold brew coffee pot allows you to brew your iced coffee without destroying the flavor with ice.  A quick and easy way to brew your iced coffee without the space of many of the larger coffee makers.

6.  Champagne Bears $20 (Nordstrom)

champagne-bears-nordstrom-20-00.jpgA great treat for the adult candy lover in your life.  Candy + Champagne= YUM.  What a great combination.  Who knows they may even share a few with you.

7.  Planning Cork Boards $24.99 (Bed Bath and Beyond)

bed bath beyond cork planner boad $24.99For the person who plans everything or for the person who works from home, these are stylish options to keep them on track.  A great way to plan your week and that all too important ‘girls night out’, this set of 4 boards would be the great addition to the home office or personal workspace.  Who says work has to be boring?

8.  Collapsible Silicone Water Bottle $19.95 (The Grommet)

 

Another great gift for the traveler in your life or the person who always has a water bottle.  The great thing about this bottle is that it collapses, so it is easy to carry in your purse, work bag or workout bag.  The bottle also comes in several colors so find the right option for the person you decide to gift with this bottle.

9.  One Line a Day Five Year Memory Book $16.95 (Urban Outfitters)

Anthropologie 5 year journal $16.99An appropriate gift for the writer or person who loves to journal in your life.  A great way for them to document the changes in their life and the lives of the people that mean the most to them.  This would also be a great sentimental gift for a person going through a transitional phase in their life.

10.  Liz Claiborne Charging Clutch $19.99 (JCPenney)

clutchAnother option for the person on the go who needs to keep their phone charged.  This is an excellent gift option for the blogger in your life or the selfie addict.

I hope you have enjoyed this series of gift guides.  I have provided you with over 50 gifts that you can purchase for the people under you list and all for under $25.  This year you do not have to break the bank when shopping, there are some unique, budget friendly and affordable options for the friends, family or co-workers in your life.  With the money you save you may even be able to pick up an item or two from this list for yourself.  Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

 

Be Blessed and Be Fabulous!

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