Monday, November 23, 2015

How To Shop Small For Christmas Gifts

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Shopping small can be a little difficult, especially when it comes to Christmas shopping. The last couple of months have been so busy that not only have I not had time to blog, but I also haven't really gone shopping. However, now that Christmas is right around the corner I've carved out time to head to some of my favorite stores and check out my favorite websites to pick what I'll be giving and receiving. I've been on this rodeo a few times already so shopping small isn't as hefty of a task for me as it used to be, but for some of you who are dipping into the small business pond for the first (... or second... or third) time here a few tips to keep in mind:

Be prepared. There are soooo many indie brands in the world that it'll be impossible to find every single store that suites you. Start by making a list of what you're looking to buy and/or what aesthetic you want from a brand. I have a pretty particular "type" of store that I like to shop at so scanning through 30+ websites and Instagram pages is not biggie for me because within minutes I can tell if it'll be a hit or miss.

Do your research. With that being said, don't be afraid to scout different stores that sell similar or even identical products. Once you know what you want and what you;re looking for you can start doing your "research" to narrow down your shopping prospects to a handful of stores... And by handful I mean anything that qualifies as a handful to you, whether that's 2-3 stores like my mom or 10 stores like me.

Check. Check again. Then triple check. The most important part about shopping small during Christmas is checking a store's policies about shipping times and returns. The earlier you shop the better when it comes to guarantees, but if you like to wait until Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or any into December to buy gifts it is absolutely crucial that you are sure of the shipping times and the return policies for before and after Christmas. A lot of stores change their policies for the holiday season so make sure you know what they are, even if they're not listed plainly on their website.