Christmas Shopping

Sales at Christmas Time

With the economy still not doing very well, many companies are planning on offering generous Christmas discounts this upcoming season. If you are super organized, you might already have started looking for Christmas gift discounts. It is a good idea to get started early. Of course, some stores will wait until the last minute to hold their sales. 

But don’t put all your eggs in one basket. For example, don’t plan on doing the bulk of your Christmas shopping on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). Some of the discounts offered on that day are not true discounts and some stores even raise their prices on that day (or participate in unethical “bait and switch” types of activites).

So, please proceed with caution if you do a great deal of your shopping on that particular day. (Not only that, but it can be quite an unpleasant experience going to the stores on that day. People are in a rush, and they are not on their best behavior.) Plus if you are at all agoraphobic or claustrophobic, know in advance that the crowds are out of hand all season long, but especially on that day.

Speaking of crowds, if they just are not your cup of tea, and if you are especially aggrevated by the crowds during the holiday season, you may want to avoid them altogether by doing much of your Christmas gift shopping online. You can get some excellent, and sometimes extremely deep discounts by shopping at websites such as Amazon. On those sites, you also have the option of buying gently used items, often for very, very low prices.

The various auction sites, including eBay, can also be quite promising in terms of Christmas gift discounts. However, if you find the whole auction process rather stressful, as some people do, you may want to avoid them. It's very much a personal choice, and certainly no one needs to get more stressed out during the Holiday season. 

These days, most people have to watch every penny. But at the same time, they don’t want to skimp on the Christmas presents they buy for their nearest and dearest. By shopping very carefully, and in some cases by shopping online or off season, and by not getting sucked into the hype around things like Black Friday, (which is typically not all it’s cracked up to be), you can often find some genuinely good sales and Christmas gift discounts.