This year Christmas shopping may look and feel a little different. Just because you don’t want to join the crowds shopping at a mall doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun of buying the perfect gifts for your loved ones. We have some holiday shopping tips to make purchasing and shopping easy this year.

Remember Shipping and Delivery Times

Millions of people will rely on online shopping this year, meaning delivery times may easily back up. When you’re looking for what to buy your child for Christmas this year, start early. Start shopping as early as possible, so you don’t get stuck without anything under the tree. If you do get in a bind and something doesn’t arrive on time, print a picture of it and stick it in a card or box, so your loved one knows it is on the way.

Check Out Social Media For Ideas

Sometimes we would rather bash our head into a wall than try to figure out the perfect gift for someone. A little hint is to snoop on their social media wall. Check into the things they post to see what they love. People will drop little hints for inspiration without realizing it. Check out their recent likes as well.

Use Rewards Programs

You can browse online and reap the rewards. Check out browser extensions and rewards programs to get money back. Things like Honey and RetailMeNot Genie automatically look for coupons and rewards while you shop. You don’t have to do any of the hard work to reap the rewards.

Keep Essential Gifts

Sometimes we run out of creative ideas, and other times we need a gift last minute. It’s best to have essential gifts on hand in case you need something quickly. Keep lovely gifts sitting around for these times. You can get things like picture frames or a nice sweater for these special occasions.

Curbside Pickup

Many retailers are offering online and in-store shopping. You can shop online, and you don’t even have to get out of your car to get some gifts. Check out curbside pickup. You log in to the app, and they’ll bring your gift to the car when you arrive. It’s fast and easy.

Make A-List

Keep a list of all the people you want to buy for and your budget. You can keep it updated on apps, so it’s easy to retrieve when you’re shopping, whether in the store or online. The best thing is that it is password-protected, so the kids can’t get into your app to snoop to see their gifts. Make sure to stick by your budget and your list, so you don’t go, rogue, last minute.

Shop Online

Many major retailers are starting the holiday special season early, this means you get to shop early and save money. They’re offering specials and significant discounts on some big gifts. It’s also a great idea to shop in early November so you can avoid shipping delays.