Holiday shopping for your kids without them knowing can sometimes feel like an impossible mission. First, you have to figure out what they want and whether you can afford it. Second, you need to find the time. Then, after you finally get their presents, you need to hide them so you won’t spoil the surprise. How do you get this done without losing your sanity?
It’s all in the planning. I know holiday shopping isn’t brain surgery, but it does require some thinking beforehand to be as efficient as possible. Shopping well can almost be an art. Especially if you want to avoid spending too much, stressing out and scrambling at the last minute to get gifts for your children because you couldn’t find THE toy they wanted.
You can do it, just pace yourself by starting early. Now breathe and get inspired by these tips to keep your holiday shopping under control and totally under wraps.
How to shop for your kids without them knowing
Find out what they want or like. Sometimes all it takes is to eavesdrop on their conversations. They might be telling a sibling or a friend what they really want for the holidays. Or you may have them write a letter to Santa Claus or Papá Noel. You can also take a look together at toy catalogs and see what catches their eye.
Print or save a list with the gifts you will buy. If you can, write in the estimated price, so if you see the toy you want at a special price, you will know you’re getting a good deal.
Make the most of your time without your kids. Obviously, you need to shop by yourself for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa gifts if you want to keep the gifts a surprise. If your kids go to school, block out chunks of time to go shopping. Stores such as Target open early in the morning so you can shop right after your kids go off to school. You may also ask for help from a friend or relative to watch your little one for a couple of hours. Go to stores where you can find house supplies AND toys to save time.
Shop from your computer or mobile device. Online shopping is a lifesaver, because you don’t have to go anywhere, find a babysitter or wait in line at the register. Some retailers offer gift-wrapping and free shipping, even on their top toys. Just make sure to check the return policy before you buy.
Have a hiding place ready. Kids seem to have a special talent for finding toys and goodies so make sure to plan in advance where you will hide their gifts. You can use cardboard boxes, plastic bins or out of reach shelves to store holiday gifts. Just make sure to store them when your children are not around. If you’ve shopped online, you can keep the gifts in the box, but check that you received the correct item and save all the shipping labels and receipts in case you need to exchange something.
Do you know a deserving family, school, or charity this holiday season? We’re giving away one grand set of 20 toys from Target, including those mentioned in this post! To nominate, simply comment and tell us why you’ve selected them!
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