Almost 20% of shoppers plan to do their gift buying in December, according to a recent Morning Consult survey, and a whopping 50% of people feel pressured to purchase a gift they can't afford, according to a recent PackageHopper survey.
The later we get into the holiday shopping season, the less good the deals will be, due to supply chain constraints, experts say. Still, there are some discounts worth noting, according to Kristin McGrath, shopping expert at RetailMeNot. "In some cases, the deals are better than Black Friday," she says, especially at big retailers like Amazon and Target.
And if the prices of the gifts on your list aren't as low as you'd like them, there are other ways to find affordable options. Here's what three experts suggest.
"Target is still offering plenty of deals, such as 'buy 2, get 1 free' select toys and games," Ramhold says. Toys that fall under this sale include L.O.L! Surprise Dance Dance Dance Dolls for $10.89, PAW Patrol: The Movie Liberty Feature Vehicle for $19.99, and Jenga for $13.99.
If you're looking for stocking stuffers, you could also buy hand sanitizer. A 5-pack of holiday-themed mini hand sanitizer bottles at Bath & Body Works is $8. "More boring, but still useful now that we're in the midst of flu season and with the omicron variant making its rounds," she says.
Amazon is matching its Black Friday pricing on some of its smart home products, McGrath says. "For example, the Echo Gen. 4 speaker was $59.99 on Black Friday, and it's at that same price now with a smart bulb thrown in, too," she says.
If you're looking to spend less money on gifts, you can opt out of products that might run into supply chain delays, Teresa Murray, consumer watchdog at Public Interest Research Group, recently told Grow. For example, homemade treats. "Bake someone a specialty cake of yours or make someone their favorite dish," Murray says.
You can also offer your time. "Maybe it's helping out with yard work or painting the interior of a room," she says. It can be a thoughtful way to make someone's life a little bit easier, all while not spending a whole lot.
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