Some people are experts in holiday shopping. They start shopping for the holidays at the beginning of the New Year, searching for deals year-round. They squirrel away gifts in closets and attics, to have them ready for the holidays well in advance.

On the other extreme, there are those who do not enjoy shopping. They wake up a week before the holidays, realize they have nothing for their sweetheart, and go into panic mode. If you usually find yourself in this camp, we have a few tips to help you.

The week before the holiday get-togethers? Try these options:

Download the Wikibuy Browser Extension
Shopping online will save you time as well as enable you to compare prices at various stores. This browser extension automatically compares prices when you shop online, searching thousands of sites to find the best deal and to find online coupons for the item.

Shop at Department Stores Offering Extended Sales
Stores like Target, Best Buy, and Walmart are offering extended sales events starting now and lasting until the Holidays. This gives you the opportunity to shop the last week before Christmas and still get comparable Black Friday prices. Check the stores’ website for specific details.

Gift Basket of Small Items
Buy small gifts like perfume, candles, envelopes of hot cocoa, a journal, whatever you think the gift recipient may enjoy, and put those items into a small decorative basket or box.

 

Only got a few hours left before the holiday? Try these options:

Give a Subscription Box
Subscription boxes are an easy gift to purchase that continues giving year-round. There are a variety of subscription services to choose from. You can give your loved one new clothes each month with Stitch Fix, Trunk Club, and ThredUp, for example. Other subscriptions deliver toys, arts and science projects, and books each month.

Give a Membership
Pay for a year’s membership to Amazon Prime, or a few months of Netflix, a wine club, or a coffee of the month club.

Give a Gift Card
Available for most retail outlets or better yet, give them a First Commonwealth VISA® Gift Cards!  

Our Gift Cards are available in a variety of designs and amounts from $10 to $1,000. The gift cards are accepted worldwide, wherever Visa is accepted, and may be used online, by phone, or in person. Schedule an appointment at one of our financial centers to pick up a VISA Gift Card today!