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Best Holiday Shopping Tips: Make Your List & Stick to It

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12. Make Your List & Stick to It

Before you head out to begin your holiday shopping — whenever you get started — invest half an hour to create a thorough checklist, says Farnoosh Torabi. Write down who you want to buy gifts for, the types of gifts you have in mind and a price range per gift. Have back-up gift ideas, as well, especially if you’re a procrastinator: By December 24 you’re sure to have fewer desirable options. Rather than springing for that $80 perfume basket in the department store because it’s already wrapped and you have no other ideas, you can refer to alternatives ideas on your list that you jotted down when you weren’t in a frenzy.

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