The Fashionista's Guide to Hacking Holiday Shopping
If you aren't in the mood to get jostled around in the midst of panicking last minute holiday shoppers battling over the last must-have gift of the season–rejoice! Here, Jamie Chung's foolproof ways to avoid the headaches and escape the gifting season unscathed.
1. Make a Plan
Start your holiday shopping early and plan ahead. Make a list for all the people you need to buy gifts for and hedge your bets by writing down two possible gift ideas for each person. Get creative! Think of what they have mentioned they might need, or what you just know they may want. If the person likes music, make them a "mix tape" of your favorite songs for the season and drop them onto an adorable USB.
2. Think Outside the Box
If you can't find an inventive, appropriate gift online, head to your local farmers market for handmade jewelry, soaps and candles. Or, if he or she is a bookworm, go to your local charming bookstore to find rare first editions of their favorite novel.
3. Give the Gift of Time Together
Holidays are all about spending some quality time with one another, so often, the best present you can offer is a one-on-one adventure. Treat your friend to a day out, a lunch or a trip to the museum. It's a great way to catch up and get some face-to-face time.
4. Take a Mall Pilgrimage
It may be intimidating but head to the–gasp!–mall. You never know what you'll see that may inspire you. If lingering isn't your thing, make it one-stop shop at a store like Fossil, which has an assortment of gifts for or , all in a sensible price range that's accessible for everyone: They even have a great gift selection for under .
5. Be Sure It Has Meaning
No matter what you end up gifting, something purchased or handmade with sentimental value is always appreciated. For example, paint or knit them something for their house or apartment that will fit in with their décor; alternatively, if they have a child who has made you a card or painting, you can have it scanned in metallic ink, printed and framed as a beautiful keepsake. If you're feeling particularly artistic, try taking a flower-arranging making class and making your friends one-of-a-kind bouqets.
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