I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we have to take the seasons one season at a time. Fall has just started, and already I am seeing Christmas decorations everywhere and honestly, I’ve seen bigger Christmas displays at stores than Halloween, and we still have a month left! However, I also know that we are all leading super busy lives, which means you may be wondering, is it too early to start Christmas shopping? You may be surprised, but I say definitely not! Hear me out on this.
There are several reasons that it is not too early to start Christmas shopping, and no, doing your shopping early is not skipping the other seasons, it’s going to actually give you time to enjoy them all a bit more. The holidays are a hectic time between work and family coming in, and decorating, and baking and going on vacations, and that doesn’t even include your Christmas shopping! So rather than try to cram everything into a month starting Black Friday, here are some reasons to get a headstart on your Christmas shopping.
- Budgeting. This to me, as a young professional who is unfortunately, still paying off student loan debt, is a big thing. I don’t know about you, but with all my regular bills too, Christmas can have me feeling a bit short on cash, which is why I prefer to start my shopping early. There are plenty of great sales throughout the year which will allow you to still save some money while getting those gifts for everyone. Plus, by spacing it out, you don’t have to worry about all your funds being gone and not being able to head out with friends to enjoy those holiday events like ice skating. Instead, start your shopping early, and space it out. Make a list of everyone you are shopping for, and write down some gift ideas for them. Then, as you purchase things for them, check them off your list.
- Time. You will save time by starting your shopping now, because then it will be one less thing to worry about when you hit crunch time for the holidays.
- Avoid the crowds. I don’t know about you, but after years of working in retail, especially during the holidays, one of the things I hate doing is fighting the Christmas crowds, and if you get your shopping done early, you won’t have to deal with it. So many people wait until the last minute, and then being among the crowds and not finding what they want because it’s sold out can be a major stressor. So just get started early, and then relax and enjoy the beautiful weather while everyone else is packed in a mall.
- Stress less. This one is key. The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, time spent with family and friends, but we have all these expectations on us, especially as women, to have the perfect decor, the perfect wrapped gifts, have all the baked goods, etc. That’s a lot of stress on people, and anything that you can check off that giant to-do list ahead of time is one less thing to worry about. Since gifts generally don’t expire, you can go ahead and start stocking up now, find a good hiding place in your closet or put together an envelope of the gift certificates, if that’s more your style, and breathe a sigh of relief that you may be done Christmas shopping by November 1st.
If you start taking the Christmas shopping in small chunks, you will find that you enjoy the holidays a little bit more. Now, don’t ignore Halloween and Thanksgiving, those are still incredibly important times that are meant to be enjoyed and not skipped over, but getting a head start on the shopping at least can’t hurt.