Early holiday shopping has some advantages, but for many last minute shopping is more the norm. If you are one of those people, don’t feel bad as last minute shopping has some advantages as well.
A Consumer Reports Holiday Poll found that 9 percent of shoppers, an estimated 17 million people plan to do their shopping on Christmas Eve.
Many stores are still open Christmas Eve, even if the hours are reduced. That gives the last minute shoppers a final chance to shop for the perfect gift. In addition to having more time to shop, there are some other benefits to shopping late in the season.
Smaller Crowds: As the season winds down, many shoppers have already completed their shopping. Fewer people tend to be in the stores in the last few days leading up to Christmas. Most people have already moved on to travel plans or preparing their homes for holiday visitors. This can help you move through stores in record time!
Discounted prices: Store owners will be more anxious to reduce inventory and make the most end of the year profits, so merchandise will be reduced to rock bottom prices for fast sale. Shoppers who are looking to save money by paying the lowest possible price will benefit at this time.
Lower Chance of Discovery: The later you shop, the shorter the duration of hiding your precious selections. When you wait curious kids are less likely to find your shopping treasures.
More time to plan: By the end of the holiday season you may have a better idea of what you need to purchase. You will also have more time to find out exactly what your family wants reducing the number of returns.
Gift Cards: Some people prefer to give gift cards. Consumer Reports says 62 percent of last minute shoppers choose gift cards. If you call into that category, waiting to buy the cards won’t be an issue as long as you make it to the stores before they close.
Last minute shopping has its advantages. Even though the clock is ticking, there are still deals to be had.
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Written by: Denise A. Visco