How To Save Money When Shopping For (Beauty) Holiday Gifts

The holidays are right around the corner and I am so excited, I honestly can't contain myself! I love buying gifts for others because it truly brings joy to my heart, but I do have dozens of family and friends that I purchase gifts for which can get expensive, however I've accumulated a few tips which have helped me save money in the past so today I am sharing with you my tips and suggestions as to how you can save money when shopping for beauty holiday gifts.
1) Make a List; as simple as this sounds how many of us actually make a list when we go holiday shopping?  Generally we have an idea of what we want to buy however bright decorations, sale signs, clearance racks, and crowds tend to distract us and ultimately we end up spending more money.  Make a list of everyone you are buying a gift for, write down 1 or 2 ideas as to what you may want to buy for that person and stick to it.  With a list you don't waste any time at all and you don't "impulse" buy because you already know what to get.

2) Do your homework; what I mean by this is look up prices online a few days prior, check sale ads, compare prices (online) with different stores. By doing this (along with making a list) you already know where to get a good deal, and even if you get tempted to impulse buy, at least you have a good idea as to whether something is a good deal or not. In fact, I generally look over ads over a period of a couple of weeks that way I see the sale patterns that stores have and know exactly when a sale will occur and whether I am saving any money on that purchase. Stores like Ulta for example will have a certain sale one week and then 2 weeks later the same sale again, if you do your homework early enough then you know when you'll get a better deal simply by doing a little bit of research.

3) Shop early; aside from the massive crowds on Christmas eve you really want to shop early that way you get exactly what you want and you don't have to compromise on the gift or the price. I can't tell you how many times I wasn't able to buy a certain gift because it was sold out by mid December.  By shopping early you actually get a much better price on literally everything vs waiting until the last minute. A lot of the popular beauty gifts sell out rather quickly, particularly if a store is offering a discount like Ulta's $3.50 off weekly coupons or Sephora's VIB 20% off sales. By shopping early you avoid having to compromise or settle for gifts that you normally wouldn't want to buy just because everything else is sold out by then!

4) Buy value sets; when it comes to beauty products my suggestion is to always buy value sets because you get the most bang for your buck. A lot of people tend to steer away from value sets because they usually are priced pretty high however these sets are generally worth double to triple the actual price of the items.  For example Sephora's Give Me More Lip Set is priced at $59, this is a set with 16 lip products, some full sized and some minis however the value of this set is over $209 dollars!  My suggestions for these types of sets is that you can either give 1 lucky person the whole set OR as what I like to do, is use a couple of the products from the set as stocking stuffers!

These are just a few tips that I've been practicing over the past few years, my motto as many of you know is that you don't have to compromise on beauty or fashion when you're on a budget...having said that, holiday shopping should be fun and exciting, so if you follow the steps above not only will you save money but you and your family will love the gifts you give them! Happy Holidays friends!
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7 comments:

  1. Great tips! I'm definitely going to be getting gift sets and using each component as a separate gift for people!

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    1. Thanks Miranda, I will be doing that as well!

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  2. I agree with all of the above but especially number 1...I cant tell you how many times I've impulse bought things...especially for myself lol I made a list this year and am sticking to it really well! Oh and I saw you in my All you magazine today! :D

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    1. Yup I've impulsed purchased way too many times! Ashley OMG can you tweet me a pic of the magazine? =)

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  3. I just sent you an email with them! :) I'm not great with twitter :p Sorry it took so long! For the record I've been reading your blog for about 4 months now, I just don't think I've commented...I'm just a creeper sometimes :o) I love it though! Congrats again!

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  4. I really like the idea of splitting up the gift sets for stocking stuffers. Especially when certain shades are perfect for one person but not for another. Thanks for the idea!


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  5. You are very welcome Carolyn! Hope you have a wonderful holiday! Happy shopping!! XOXO

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