Christmas is nearly here, which means that Christmas shopping time will come faster than you imagine. Christmas shopping is not always fun, especially for those who don't have a lot of time. This is a simple list of tips that may help around this time of the year but can also be helpful for other occasions.
Think clearly about what you need. Listing every person you need to have a gift for and thinking about what suits that person's personality best is the first big step because going shopping without zero ideas can turn Christmas shopping into a frustrating situation. This way you won't waste any of your time looking for things you don't really want/need.
Do some research. Once you have your mind cleared about what you want to give to someone is time to think which stores are most likely to have what you're looking for and then visit their website so that you can have an idea of what you're going to find.
Make a list. List every item you find interesting (taking in consideration what you actually need) and start to cut some of them down as you point a few aspects that don't please you such as color, shape or price, until you have a list with only three or four items.
Keep an opened mind. Staying focused is essential because you can't distract yourself with other things if you can't waste any of you time but keeping an opened mind is very important. If you don't find what you want or you don't like any of the items you've found, try to think about an alternative because you may lose even more time if you keep searching for something you'll never find. Sometimes listing some alternative ideas may be the best solution.
Go shopping. Once you've decided what you're going to get for each person, it's time to actually go shopping and this is probably the hardest part because around this time of the year is very easy to distract yourself. Choose the final item - the one you like the most and the one you think the person you're buying it for will like the most - and the only thing missing is wrapping the present.
I usually do this around school time (apart from Christmas shopping) because I don't have much time and I do really need to buy new clothes sometimes and it really helps. Do you have any extra tips?