With a week until Christmas, many of us are doing the mad dash for last-minute gift shopping. The holidays always seem to sneak up on us, and our list of tasks is ever-growing. Luckily, there’s good news – you still have plenty of time to get fantastic presents for everyone on your list. Thanks to the advent of online shopping, great gifts are available at the touch of a button.
If you need to grab some last-minute gifts for every last guy and gal on your list, keep these holiday online shopping tips in mind:
1. Do a Bit of Pre-Planning
The best way to make sure you have everyone covered (and don’t blow your holiday budget) is to create a game plan before you start surfing the web. Create a checklist of every person you need to buy for, then put a few potential ideas under each name. With a bit of foresight, you can make your shopping process more efficient – and avoid overspending on items you didn’t plan on purchasing.
2. Make Sure Your Gifts Arrive on Time
Buying gifts at the last minute raises the risk of late delivery – make sure you opt for before Christmas Delivery Guarantees. It might cost you a bit extra, but it will ensure your gifts show up on your doorstep on time. Before checking out, make sure the promised arrival date falls before the 25th.
If you find your gift won’t arrive on time, use this online coupon maker to draft up a fun “I Owe You” – after all, it’s the thought that counts, and when your gift arrives in January your gift recipient will still be all-smiles.
3. Keep Your Personal Information Safe as You Shop
Don’t let the hustle and bustle of last-minute Christmas to-dos leave you vulnerable to internet scams. While online shopping provides extra convenience (who doesn’t want to shop from the comfort of home?!), it can also open you up to online thieves. Take a few precautions to avoid falling prey to the most common online scams:
- Only shop from sites that start with “https”. This means the site is secure.
- Try to avoid shopping on public WiFi – it may give others access to sensitive financial information.
- Don’t be fooled by too-good-to-be-true deals – if it seems strangely cheap, it’s probably not a good deal.
Check out Intuit Turbo’s infographic on how to protect your financial data during the holidays to learn more.