Halloween is just days away, but the holidays will be here before we know it. We like to get a head-start on our holiday planning before the sheer chaos of the season actually begins. One of the biggest to-dos on the holiday checklist each year is shopping for all of the gifts (oh, and drinking all of the hot apple cider). Although shopping is usually one of our favorite holiday activities, it can get a bit overwhelming this time of year. Holiday shopping is an art and a science of selecting the right gift at the right price — but smart shoppers know that this doesn’t need to be stressful. Follow these five tips to be a savvier shopper and make the holidays a breeze.
The savviest shoppers know to plan ahead. We recommend starting with creating a list in early November. List out everyone you plan to shop for and your estimated budget for each. Next, fill in any specific ideas you have for each person. Now, you wait. By planning early, you can ensure you get the best deals, discounted shipping and ultimately, the most bang for your buck!
Planning ahead also is key for Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. You can find ads online for most big retailers beforehand, so you can plan your routes, priorities and what is best to buy online versus in store.
be an insider
If a gift on your list is specific to a certain retailer, it pays to be loyal. Sign up for emails to stay in the loop on new arrivals, promotions and any special in-store events near you. Vera Bradley emails will also share top gift ideas if you’re in need of a little inspiration for someone on your list. You can subscribe to our emails here by scrolling down toward the bottom of the page. Plus, if you refer a friend, you can both enjoy exclusive savings!
sign up for texts
Let’s face it — everyone lives on their phone nowadays. In addition to emails, you can sign up for text messages from many of your favorite retailers to stay in the know. If you text TEXTVB to 82275, you can join Vera Bradley mobile alerts and be the first to know about new arrivals and special promotions! Note: Message and data rates may apply.*
Did we just become best friends? Yupp! Social media makes it easier than ever to connect with family, friends and now, brands. Your favorite stores are on the same social media channels as you, so give them a follow across all channels — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and even Pinterest. You won’t necessarily see the same content on each channel, so you may get treated to a product sneak peek on Instagram, but have the chance to enter a contest on Facebook. It varies, so it’s good to follow your favorite retailers on more than one platform. If you’re not already following us on social, we’d love to be friends! Follow us here.
get paid to shop
The savviest shoppers know that it can pay to shop. No, really! By signing up for a free service like eBates, you can actually earn cash back on your online purchases at hundreds of retailers (including Vera Bradley)! There’s really no catch — you just need to sign up and add the plugin to your browser to have your purchases count. Quarterly you’ll receive a “big fat check” in the mail with your cash back earned. It’s a great way to get a little money back after the holiday season!
What are you top shopping tips for the holiday season? We’d love to hear! Share below in the comments.
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