Holiday Shopping 101

December 14th, 2020
Holiday Shopping 101

Trying to decide who to shop for can be difficult so start with a list of names that you know you need to buy for. Use this chart as a guideline when planning:

WHO $ BUDGET $ GIFT IDEAS STORE & ITEM PRICE
Mom
Dad
Brother
Grandma
Teacher (Mrs. Smith)
Friend (Leland)
Co-Worker (Shelby)
Co-Workers (Lisa)

Once you have created your list of people, write down how much you want to spend on them next to their name. If you are on a tight budget, this will help you to stay on track with your purchases.

WHO $ BUDGET $ GIFT IDEAS STORE & ITEM PRICE
Mom $5-10
Dad $5-10
Brother $5-10
Grandma $5
Teacher (Mrs. Smith) $5
Friend (Leland) $5
Co-Worker (Shelby) $5
Co-Workers (Lisa) $5

Once you have created a budget for each person, you can come up with some gift ideas.

WHO $ BUDGET $ GIFT IDEAS STORE & ITEM PRICE
Mom $5-10 Nail polish, Lotion
Dad $5-10 Tools
Brother $5-10 Movies, Toys
Grandma $5 Photo Book, Family Photo
Teacher (Mrs. Smith) $5 Gift Card (coffee, food, bookstore)
Friend (Leland) $5 Bracelets, rings, earrings
Co-Worker (Shelby) $5 Gift Card (coffee, food, bookstore)
Co-Workers (Lisa) $5 Gift Card (coffee, food, bookstore)

If you are on a tight budget, think about gifts that you can make. Homemade gifts can mean more than anything you can buy at a store. Here are some ideas

  • Do-it-yourself gifts
  • Baked goods like cookies, brownies, and cupcakes
  • Homemade cards, paintings, and drawings
  • Create picture frames to go with family photos
  • Create your own coupon book

Once you have your gift ideas, you will need to start doing some research on where to buy them. Look in store websites, local newspaper ads, and social media for inventory and sales.

WHO $ BUDGET $ GIFT IDEAS STORE & ITEM PRICE
Mom $5-10 Nail polish, Lotion Walmart - Dr Teal's Assorted Spa Gift Set: Eucalpytus $9.98
Dad $5-10 Tools Walmart – 52 Piece Socket Wrench Kit $8.99
Brother $5-10 Movies, Toys DVD $4.99 Amazon: Horton Hears a Who
Grandma $5 Photo Book, Family Photo Print Photos (Walmart 4x6 $0.15 each) Construction paper frames.
Teacher (Mrs. Smith) $5 Gift Card (coffee, food, bookstore) Walmart – Gift Card
Friend (Leland) $5 Bracelets, rings, earrings Papparizzi (Social Media) 1 necklace with matching earrings $5
Co-Worker (Shelby) $5 Gift Card (coffee, food, bookstore) Walmart – Gift Card
Co-Workers (Lisa) $5 Gift Card (coffee, food, bookstore) Walmart – Gift Card

An alternative to shopping in-store is to order online if the store has the option. Some stores have in-store pick up, contactless pick up, or delivery for online orders. It is another way to stay safe and healthy from COVID-19.

Stores with online ordering:

  • Walmart
  • Kroger
  • Kohls
  • Amazon
  • Meijer

Happy shopping!