You might be asking yourself why you had to wait for that long if you just remembered you were to buy a gift and you have little or no time left.
However, you don’t have to stress yourself over it or make yourself feel bad. You can still go shopping, and get out several great gifts within the remaining time.
Now that you are sure you can still shop for some gifts, there are several things you should keep in mind. Getting the best gift is an art, and it’s therefore not based on what you purchase only, but how you will plan for it. You can still get everything right even when you are shopping for a relative.
1. Start Now
Since you have just realized that you have limited time to get the gift, it might not be possible to order anything or even rush out to the stores. However, you can get started. How? Think of the person or people who you want to gift, according to their priorities.
Also, consider the children and other significant people who might give you some hints or even tell you of the specific presents they would like. That information will guide you to make the right decision. However, for co-workers, you might spend a long time unless you have an idea of what they might like most.
2. Save Money
More often, we regret buying the unnecessary things and neglecting the basic ones. Even if you have a plan of the gift that you will purchase, you will not be able to get it if you lack adequate funds to buy it. Every adult must be financially responsible, no matter how little or more the money is. This is because poor financial planning will bite you when you are not prepared enough. So, don’t let the lack of time make you purchase a costly gift which you would not have bought. Go for an affordable gift, but still maintain the quality.
3. Don’t Make Promises
Even though you are willing to buy someone a gift, try as much as possible to avoid committing. It’s already late, and you don’t know what type of present you will get at the mall at this time. Instead of getting the disappointment of making an empty promise or even ruining the unique magic of gift giving, buy the present quietly and let it be a surprise. If you don’t find it in the market, you can still get another one since you will not be tied to any promise.
4. Take Chances
Last-minute gift shopping means that you should take new opportunities. You might visit a new store and find unfriendly attendants. Those are things you should ignore due to the time factor. Again, you can buy any gift that you get on the shelves if you don’t find the one you wanted. Who knows? Maybe the person you wish to gift will appreciate it more. After all, it will still be better than nothing.
5. Go Easy on Yourself
Although the chances are high that you will have so much going on since you are almost late for the shopping, you should relax. Last minute shopping doesn’t mean that you will not get the best gift you wanted. The delayed shopping doesn’t also say that there is something negative about you. Maybe you have busy all through till you forgot to buy. The most important action you can take during this time is to accept the situation, then visit the nearest shopping center.
What If You Find All The Stores Are Closed?
- Give favors instead of the physical objects. You can decide to help them with the chores, or any other job that they would appreciate.
- Purchase online. Most online stores are always open 24/7. However, if you still don’t find the gift you wanted, get a great eBook, or audiobook and send it to their email address. They will appreciate it as you find time to look for what you wanted.
- Gift cards. Do you know that a handwritten card is one of the fantastic gifts you can send someone? Get one and write a heartwarming message that you are sure the recipient will like.
- Just give them cash. Finally; you can always give out money if when you lack the time or a perfect gift. However, you can make the cash-gift more appealing and personal if you include a personal note with some sweet words. You can also give out a small description of what you would like them to use the money for – this could be a road trip, a bottle of wine, etc.
To avoid the last minute rush, always have a plan of what you will buy. This will help you to spend less time when you go to buy it even if it is the last minute shopping.