Guest Post // Christmas Shopping For Your Man

Did you know there are only NINE Fridays until Christmas? That seems impossible! But it’s true, which means only 9 more weekends of Christmas shopping. It’s time to get going ladies! Especially for those of you that are deal hunters, you don’t want to be waiting until the last week when everything is crazy expensive to finish your Christmas shopping. I would LOVE to be done with Christmas shopping by 12/13/14 (heh, fun number) at the absolute latest. However, the first crucial step is figuring out WHAT to buy. I’m here today to share a little list that may help you with just that!

My dear friend Moriah of Birdie in a Coffee Cup compiled a great list of tips for Christmas shopping for your man. As a young wife this is definitely one of the best, yet most stressful parts of Christmas. When you find that PERFECT gift things couldn’t be better, but we aren’t fooling anyone, shopping for guys is HARD. Without further adieu, here is Moriah’s post on Christmas Shopping For Your Man. 

what’s that, you say?

it’s October, you say?

it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, you say?

I’m Christmas-crazy, you say?

well, yes it is, and I know it’s not, and yes I most certainly am! 🙂

in fact, I started my Christmas shopping in September. (so there!) and from talking to one of my favorite groups of ladies- the young brides coterie (a group of encouragement for ladies who have all gotten married, or are getting married, younger than the cultural norm)- turns out, I’m not the only one! lots of us young brides and wives have started our Christmas shopping early- or have at least started our planning.

let’s face it. we love love love our men (awww), but they’re NOT always easy to shop for! thankfully, the wonderful girls (plus my mama!) and I have compiled our best pointers for shopping for things you man will actually love and use (yeah, that action figure from his fave childhood show is cute and sentimental, but if we’re honest? he’s not going to touch it after Christmas morning…).

you can make this Christmas’s presents the start of the best Christmas presents ever!

(did that sentence sound weird to you…)

whether it’s your first Christmas as a married couple (that’s us!) or you’ve been together forever, I’m sure you can take away something from the tips the girls have been oh-so-kind to share.

1. start early!! you’ll have more time to think about what you want to purchase, and you’ll be able to make a plan, instead of running out at the last minute and grabbing things that cost more and mean less.

2. If you’re on a budget, there are lots of clever ways to save. Amazon and Ebay are great for certain items – always order early and look at the seller’s ratings to make sure you’re buying from a trusted source. Consignment stores and places like Ross are also good, but you’ll probably need to spend some time looking because they are hit or miss. Lastly, try yard sales! If you have a Facebook online yardsale group in your area, definitely join. Items are posted everyday and it’s another cool way of shopping online and saving time. However, if you’re going to go the cheap, savvy route, start early! It takes a lot more time than just stopping by Kohls. //from Mikal, young brides coterie//



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