Holiday Shopping: What to Expect From Me + Tips on Building Wishlists
Holiday Shopping Season is Here!
Well friends, the holiday season is here, ready or not! I don’t know why, but every year it surprises me and it always seems to get here earlier and earlier. In today’s post I wanted to share a little bit about what you can expect from me this holiday shopping season, along with tips and helpful reminders. I love this time of the year, and there is SO much content I could put out there, but I want to eliminate the fluff and be as helpful as possible for you. So if there is anything you specifically want to see from me this season, don’t hesitate to let me know!
What You Can Expect From Me
First I want to talk a little about what you can expect from me. Here on the blog, I’ll be sharing Black Friday/Cyber Week sales, gift guides, and outfit inspiration. It is the season of the gift guide, that’s for sure. I feel like these can be a little bit much at a certain point, so I really want to try to curate these guides for YOU and what you’re looking for. A lot of people are already sharing gift guides, and while that’s totally up to them, I won’t start sharing mine until around Cyber Week. My reason being that 1. things sell out and 2. a lot of people just aren’t shopping until then. Because why wouldn’t you want to wait for the deals? What you won’t see from me: personal try-on hauls and “you need this ____” type posts. I’m only here to make your life easier.
Tips and Reminders While Holiday Shopping
The holiday season can be so fun and special, but I also feel like it’s become such a consumer-driven time, that we’ve lost sight of the reason for this time of year. So I wanted to take a minute to just remind you that at the end of the day, having ALL the things isn’t going to make life any better. That being said, we’re all going to shop whether for ourselves or others, and there are ways to do that without making it your sole focus this time of year. The best way to do that is to plan ahead, make lists, and most of all, don’t get lost in all of the “stuff.”
plan ahead + make lists.
Don’t wait until the last minute to start your holiday shopping. Figure out your budget(s), one for your own personal shopping, and one for gifting. Then stick to it. I break my holiday shopping budget down by listing out every person I’m shopping for, and setting a hard budget for each person. Also take a minute to jot down some gift ideas for each person, and if your people are the wishlist making type, be sure to ask for a wishlist! I highly recommend starting your shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. This is when you’re going to find your best deals, so why not take advantage. Utilize bloggers’ sale guides to make it easy to find the best sales. Also, be sure to sign up for your favorite bloggers’ email lists so you don’t miss any of this helpful info!
As tempting as it is to shop for yourself during this season, try to resist. This is so hard for me, so I totally get it. If there are things you NEED, make a list of those things and don’t stray from that list. Stay on budget and don’t make it hard for your loved ones to shop for you too! Use my free wardrobe planner to help you stay on track this season!
don’t get lost in all the stuff.
Between all of the bloggers and social media ads out there, it’s hard not to get lost in all of the STUFF you could potentially buy or think that you need. Try to avoid getting sucked into blogger try-on hauls and the liketoknow.it rabbit holes. I promise, no amount of stuff is going to satisfy you, no matter how fun it seems in the moment. Remember that this season is about being with loved ones and the birth of Jesus! Not getting all the gifts.
Building Your Holiday Wishlists
The best way to get things you actually want or need this year is to come up with a list! My family is all about birthday and Christmas wishlists. I usually try to include items on my list that I really need or have wanted for some time but maybe didn’t have the money for. Some of my favorite things to ask for at Christmas are tech, nice boots, handbags, luggage, or things for my house. I rarely just put random pieces of clothing that I came across and kind of liked. It’s always something I know I won’t be returning.
At Christmas, I like to make one big list, and then break it up between people in my family (husband, mom, mother-in-law, grandparents). That way each person has a unique list and I don’t get two or three of the same thing. I also put all price points on each list so everyone has options based on their budget.
About My Outfit
Before I wrap it up, I wanted to share all my outfit details! This top is SO different for me, but I love it so much. It is from one of my favorites, wearNYLA. The square neck is so on trend this year, and I love that this one can be worn in the fall. I’m wearing a size small. The snake print skirt is from Chicwish and I couldn’t love it more for this season. It would be so cute dressed down with sneakers and a graphic tee! I’m wearing a size medium. This exact one is no longer on the site, but there is a maxi version with the same print, so I’ll link that one. Boots are from last year’s Nordstrom sale, but they are back this year in other colors!
Shop My Outfit
I hope this helps you get started on all of your holiday shopping! If you follow along on instagram, be looking for a holiday shopping poll on stories this week! Don’t forget to subscribe to my email list so you don’t miss a post this season. Just scroll a little further to sign up! As always, thanks for stopping by!