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6 Do's and Don'ts of Last Minute Christmas Shopping

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It’s the last weekend before Christmas! Are you relaxing, enjoying time with family, because you used Giftster and all your shopping is finished? Or are you braving the store lines, choosing overnight shipping, and hoping for the best? If you’re using Giftster, we’ve got your back! Here are my 6 do’s and don’ts for last minute Christmas shopping that help you continue to get gifts right.

Do: Give a gift card.

Don’t: Pull money for from your wallet and decide that’s your gift.

While giving gift cards and cash are, essentially, the same as they are both monetary gifts, one has a bit more thought in it than the other. And we’ve always been told it’s the thought that counts, right? Look at the recipients Giftster list for ideas of where they may like to shop. Even better, look at their gift preferences for tips about what store they most like to shop. Unless they’ve specifically told you or have it on their list that they’re saving up for something in particular, cash is probably not the most ideal gift to give. Well…unless they are a teenager or college student, where the cash would come in handy the most. But I promise you, a gift card given to your wife for SpaFinder or something like that will be much more appreciated than taking out folded cash from your wallet and sticking it in a card.


Do: Give a subscription box.

Don’t: Go to the store, find everything related to this one thing that you know you’re loved one is into, buy every little thing you see that relates to it and put it in a box.

There’s pretty much a subscription box for everything these days. A subscription box gift is the gift that keeps on giving! It doesn’t need to be for very long, maybe could even just be a couple months; whatever is most appropriate for the recipient. But I promise you that will show more thought in the gift than just going and buying several random things just because they’re related to someone’s interest.


Do: Give a nice piece of clothing.

Don’t: Give clothing if you don’t know what size to give.

I’ve personally been the recipient of clothing that’s too small and, at other times, too big. Sometimes, there’s a receipt while other times, I’m sort of just stuck with it. To the back of the closet it goes, never to be worn or used by me if I donate it, return it, or sell it. So while giving that sweater in the perfect color for your nephew, if you don’t know the size, put it down and move on. If you really want to give it, you could always give a gift card for the amount of the sweater and plan a date to take the person shopping so they can try it on. Spend time with a loved one AND give a gift? That’s a two-for-one present!


Do: Give a donation to the recipients favorite charity.

Don’t: Forget to tell them that you actually made the donation.

So…I may be talking from experience here because this may have happened to me once or twice. If you make a donation online, often the charity will give you the chance to print a letter to give to the recipient. Sometimes they send a letter directly to them as well, but for those of us who like to give something for the person to open, that sort of defeats the purpose. Have a little fun with this type of gift and get creative with gift wrapping. This is the perfect gift to give someone who truly has asked for no gifts.


Do: Give a consumable treat that you know they love.

Don’t: Give them something they’re allergic to or otherwise cannot eat.

Wines and spirits and nuts and sweets. Those are gifts that are always loved, except when you have food allergies or have other sensitivities or restrictions. My father-in-law, who is diabetic, would love a tin of nuts but would likely pass on the box of chocolates. Check out the recipient’s gift preferences to see what would be best. If they aren’t on Giftster or haven’t listed preferences, run your gift idea by someone close to them like a parent, spouse, or child.


Do: Keep it simple.

Don’t: Go overboard and don’t impulse shop.

Gifts don’t always need to be grand. They don’t always need to one-up the previous year. Don’t overthink it and keep it simple. The little things on a person’s wish list often mean just as much as the big things. And when you’re shopping at the last minute, sometimes simple is best. Keep the recipient’s gift preferences in mind and fight the urge to impulse buy. No giant walruses, okay?


No matter where your last minute shopping takes you, make sure you have Giftster loaded on your mobile device to double check those preferences before you check out.

Happy Shopping!

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