7 easy tips to survive last-minute holiday shopping

Christmas is coming up and if you haven’t started shopping for gifts yet, don’t worry. There are some people (this writer included) who put things off at the last minute, even if they know it’s not going to end well. That doesn’t have to be the case today, though. You can still do your holiday purchases without breaking a sweat if you follow our 7 basic tips:

7. If you really don’t know what to get, get a gift certificate!

This is the easiest way to get a gift in a hurry because you don’t need to choose. Simply pop in a shop, get a gift certificate, and you’re good to go. This is the best choice if you’re going to give clothes since they can pick the size, color, and style they want.

6. If you want something more personal, go to a department store

Of course, a gift is better if it’s personal but we don’t have time. To make last-minute holiday shopping easier, go to a department store! Here, you can find everything you can possibly give, from clothes to skincare products, bags, and accessories. You can shop for everyone in one go and you can even have your gifts wrapped for free!

5. Buy gift sets

Department stores offer gift sets that are packaged beautifully. We recommend going with a toiletry set, which comes with hand soap, lotion, and other skincare products people will surely love. This will be an instant hit because everyone wants to look and smell good. Make sure you pick a scent they’ll like, though!

4. You can also buy what’s needed

Gift buying is easier if you think about what the person needs instead of what they want. This may include appliances, tumblers, food containers, and other things kids would be disappointed to find under the Christmas tree. Adulting is finding happiness with a new iron or an oven, so you can head to the nearest appliance center. Most of us need and use the same things at home so it will be relatively easy.

3. Try groceries!

What is really needed at home? Groceries! This may be unusual but bigas, delata, and snacks are welcome gifts during the holiday season. Everybody loves food and this would defray the shopping costs of the receiver. Wrap it nicely with a ribbon and watch as they squeal with delight when they see a box of their favorite treats.

2. If you’re on a budget, try Daiso!

Let’s face it. There’s a chance that you’re already on a budget because it’s so close to the holidays. If this is the case for you, go to Daiso! It’s a Japanese department store that offers items at a lower price, so you don’t have to spend much when you buy. There are plenty of items for the living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom, but what makes stores like Daiso stand out are the cute knickknacks you didn’t know you needed. You’re probably going to end up buying stuff for yourself while you’re here.

1. Use a credit card

Speaking of going over the budget, a credit card may save you this holiday season. People may say that credit cards are bad but it’s only bad if you can’t control your shopping impulses. A card can be helpful if you know how to use it responsibly.

Apart from the buy now pay later scheme (many with o% interest deals), you can get rebates, freebies, and rewards, especially if you have a themed card. Metrobank Card is offering the Robinsons Mastercard, which is the ultimate shopping and rewards card that can be used for Robinsons Supermarket, Selections, Easymart, Department Store, Appliances, Builders, De Oro Pacific Home Plus, Savers Appliances, Handyman Do It Best, True Value, True Home by True Value, Southstar Drug, Toys “R” Us, Daiso Japan, Costa Coffee, Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Burton Menswear, Miss Selfridge, Warehouse, G2000, Shiseido, Benefit, and Elizabeth Arden. These are stores you can pop into to buy your last-minute holiday gifts.

On December 29 and 30, Robinsons Mastercard has a 10% rebate on purchases in all Robinsons stores. If you don’t have the card yet, you should consider applying!

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