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The Last-Minute Guide to Holiday Shopping

The Last-Minute Guide to Holiday Shopping

If you didn’t get a jump on your holiday shopping in time to score some Black Friday deals, you might feel at a loss when Christmas shopping on a budget. But the good news is, even if you’re a last-minute shopper with a limited amount to spend, there are still tons of affordable present options for everyone on your list.

From finding the perfect gifts to making sure they arrive on time, we’ve got the last-minute Christmas shopping tips you need to make your final-hour purchases like a pro.

Shop Online

When you’re down to the wire, last-minute Christmas shopping online is a great place to start. You can bypass the hustle of holiday crowds, avoid impulse buys, and make informed purchase decisions by comparing prices from multiple retailers.

Plus, shopping online means you have every gifting option imaginable at your fingertips. You’ll have access to unique gift options that you may not have stumbled upon otherwise, and you’re less likely to encounter out-of-stock products, too.

Purchase Gift Cards

Many major brands offer either a physical or virtual gift card to use at their store, making this an easy and effective last-minute buy. Whether you grab various gift cards in smaller amounts or opt for one with a larger lump sum, make sure they’re personalized to the hobbies and preferences of your loved one.

This Christmas gift shopping tip will not only put a smile on your friend or family member’s face, but you’re also able to support a local coffee shop or small, independent bookstore in the process.

Opt-In for Subscription Boxes

From beauty and fitness boxes to wine clubs and salty snacks, there are many gift subscription options to choose from. And if you’re shopping on a budget, some boxes run as little as $10 per month. With all the variety out there, you’re sure to find a one-of-a-kind box that suits the taste of everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Look for Fast, Free delivery

Select stores, like Rent-A-Center, offer expedited delivery during the holiday season — even on Christmas Eve. And quick delivery options are a huge perk when shopping last minute. What’s more, online purchases typically allow you to ship gifts to your own home or directly to the recipient. This can speed up the gifting process and make for an amusing surprise when the giftee finds an unexpected package on their doorstep.

Shop at Discount Stores

If you’re searching for last-minute Christmas shopping ideas to fill the kids’ stockings, look no further than your local discount store. Discount stores can be a budgeter’s dream come true, especially if you’re looking for small odds and ends to fill those Christmas stockings. You’re bound to discover a treasure trove of stickers, toys, candies, and holiday decorations to purchase without breaking the bank.

Make a Donation in Someone’s Name

A terrific shopping tip for the person who ‘already has everything’ is donating in their name to a charitable cause or organization. The holiday season is about giving back, so what better way to get in the spirit than by making a financial contribution to a group in need.

This kind gesture will require very little of your time but can ultimately make a meaningful impact on a local food bank, animal shelter, environmental group, or disaster relief organization.

Do Your Last-Minute Christmas Shopping at Rent-A-Center

With these last-minute holiday shopping tips, you’re ready to navigate the Christmas season like a pro. And your nearest Rent-A-Center can help! Get instantly approved for up to $3,000 worth of merchandise on the designer handbags, appliances, electronics, and furniture items on your holiday wish list, and get free delivery as late as Christmas Eve.

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