Christmas is almost here – have you found all the gifts you need, yet? The holidays come and go in a flash, and with to-do lists that seem to get longer each day, it can be tough to make it to the store to find gifts for family, friends, and coworkers.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have left your holiday shopping to the last minute, don’t despair. There are plenty of ways to get great last-minute gifts by shopping online, and you don’t have to break the bank to do so. Here are some quick tips for last-minute online Christmas shopping, so you can check off every last name on your list.
1. Make a List – and Check it Twice!
If you don’t want to bust your budget, come up with a game plan. Creating an organized list of the gifts you need to buy can help ensure you don’t overspend. Putting a bit of thought and planning into your gift ideas before you shop can help streamline your shopping processes.
2. Select Guaranteed Delivery for Christmas
Last-minute shopping can be risky business if you don’t have a delivery guarantee. Make sure your presents will arrive at their intended recipient on time and double-check that the arrival date falls before Christmas. Check out USPS’s holiday shipping deadlines in the chart below to see if you still have time.
|Domestic Mail Class/Product||Date (Contiguous U.S)|
|First-Class Mail® Service||Dec. 20|
|Priority Mail® Service||Dec. 21|
|Priority Mail Express® Service||Dec. 23|
|USPS Retail Ground®||Dec. 14|
3. Don’t Put Your Financial Data at Risk
Don’t let speed shopping make you vulnerable to wily internet scammers. Shopping online is wonderfully convenient but can also be dangerous if you don’t take the right precautions. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind as you browse:
- Only shop from secure sites (quick hint: if it doesn’t have “https” in the front of the URL, don’t shop from it).
- Avoid using public Wi-Fi while you shop online
- If a deal looks too good to be true – beware!
Check out Intuit Turbo’s infographic on how to protect your financial data during the holidays to learn more.