• 12 Days to Christmas! We Let You In On 6 Christmas Shopping Secrets.

    Rima Otswani, a personal shopper, reveals some smart shopping solutions perfect for buying Christmas gifts.

    by Lili Narvaez .
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  • Check it once, check it twice. Categorize your gift list accordingly: family, friends, co-workers, etc. Then set a budget per person and stick to it.
  • One big look. Set a day to go window shopping by yourself. Note down items for your shopping list. Jot down the important details of each gift choice: sizes and colors available, price, and store location.
  • Squeeze it in. After work and during weekends, make short trips to the mall or the department store.
  • No budging the budget. You may find yourself saying, “There’s really nothing. I give up,” and you end up buying the next item you see – no matter how pricey. Remember: “There are many options and price points out there. You just have to be more patient.
  • Flex the right way. Be flexible, too. A store can only have so much stock of one product, so you’ll have to think of an alternative quickly.
  • Gifts for all. It’s good to pick up an extra gift or two just in case you have a last-minute party to attend. For kids, choose educational toys; for adults, anything from the household section of a store will be appreciated.
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