We’re not usually big fans of shopping. Men are very targeted shoppers. We go in, grab what we need and get out. There’s no trying on to see what fits. There’s no window shopping. Here at Dads That Cook, I wanted to offer a few tips for us guys when it comes to the decidedly unmanly art of shopping for Christmas.
Avoid the Crowds, Christmas Shop Online
The days of visiting those overcrowded malls and being nearly trampled by grannies and soccer moms are over thanks to the Internet. I remember the horrors of trying to navigate the different stores to get the perfect gift as throngs of people pushed and shoved their way past just to grab some cheap trinket that was one sale.
Avoid it entirely this year and shop online. Nearly every store in the mall has an online counterpart, and you can even find specialty stores that you won’t find anywhere else. A few clicks and your gifts are shipped to your house with plenty of time left over for wrapping procrastination. The only thing to watch is your shipping times. Some stores can get it to you in a few days and others may take a few weeks.
Use a Credit Card or PayPal Instead of Debit Card
Debit cards have made shopping for Christmas easier with it being linked to your bank account, but it’s also become a haven for identity thieves both online and at brick and mortar stores. Don’t risk your entire paycheck and more, instead use a credit card. Most cards offer fraud protection. So, if your card is hacked or stolen, then you won’t lose any money. Avoid the interest by paying it off right after making a purchase. It basically adds an extra step, but it’s worth it in the long run.
Make a List, You Don’t Have to Check Twice
Shopping can be about as enjoyable as a dental visit, especially when you don’t know what to get. Before heading out, make a list of everything that you need. This eliminates wasted time going from shop to shop looking for gifts and instead gives you a logical and rational way of getting Christmas shopping done. Santa has a list, why shouldn’t we have one too.
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