Whether your holiday buying list stretches massively long or it’s short and sweet, shopping smart is the key to getting the job done right. Kids often have specific items on wish lists, so it pays to know what will bring on the smiles when the wrapping paper comes off the gifts.
Gather any wish lists from your kids and then create a comprehensive shopping list that includes goodies your kids have asked for and other items you want to throw under the tree. Your list should include trinkets for the stockings, gift cards, the major items, and odds and ends. If items are specific to a certain store or mall, include these details on your list to streamline your shopping.
Take Your Time
Holiday shopping isn’t something to plow through haphazardly, if you want winning results. It takes time and effort to browse and consider purchases, making sure you pick out just the right items for your kids. Start your shopping early to avoid last-minute hassles. Scrambling to buy make-do items because you can’t find anything better is no fun. Relieve yourself of the pressure to find that “perfect” gift. Instead, focus on usefulness and entertainment factor, and you’ll probably hit a bull’s-eye with your kids.
Browse Sales Carefully
Ad campaigns target kids extensively to get them to add must-haves to a holiday wish list. Check out the advertising circulars with your shopping list in hand to see where you can find the items you must locate for the holidays. Even when price isn’t a factor, sales can give you access to popular items that could sell out from frenzied holiday buying. It’s helpful to know where specific items will be available and when you can purchase them. As you peruse the ads, remember that almost everything glitters enticingly in a holiday ad; take time to consider how the reality of the item will fit your child’s needs or wants. Following the hottest trends might not always fit your kids, so keep an open mind and be ready to purchase what’s right for your family.
An Eye on Safety
Safety is a major consideration with kids’ toys. Product recalls happen regularly because of safety issues. Stay informed about current recalls that might affect the toys you’re shopping for or items you already own by visiting the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website. You can search the CPSC database for recall information.