Michelle Madhok, founder of SheFinds.com and MomFinds.com, is my go-to person when it comes to so many things, from great book recommendations to great restaurant recommendations. But first and foremost, this lady is a SHOPPING EXPERT. She recently teamed up with T.J. Maxx and Marshalls to help dish out supreme gift-giving advice; I did a walk-through of both stores with Michelle in Manhattan and was blown away by how many great options there were for everyone. Seriously everyone — even the family pet!
So, that being said, now is the time for full-on panic mode, right? Wrong! It’s not too late at all, and Michelle has some really great tips for making last-minute shopping a piece of cake (or a piece of Christmas cookie!):
*Follow your friends for personal clues – With all of the social media platforms out there today, it’s easy to gain a sense of your friends’ interests without ever talking about them! Check out a pal’s Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram pages for insight into their hobbies and style for undercover gifting inspiration.
*Plan your budget — and stick with it! It’s easy to go overboard when you’re in panic mode. If you have a budget in mind and a few ideas for each person on your list before you go, you’ll be less likely to over-spend. Which brings us to the next super important tip..
*Make a list! Just like Santa Claus, you need to make a list so you do your thinking before you leave the house. Check it twice, and stick to it. This cuts out a lot of in-store stress!
*Gift cards are a GREAT last minute gift, but make them more personal by attaching them to a box of your recipient’s favorite candy, or tucking it into a personalized mug or pretty makeup bag.
*Buy duplicates! If you find a great gift at a great price, buy a few of them. Your kid’s teacher and your mother in law will never know they both got the same beautiful picture frame!
Still need ideas? Here are some of Michelle’s ideas for fab last-minute presents for everyone on your list, just in the nick of time:
Italian Pasta Bowl gift set
Embellished iPhone case
Provence soaps from France
Studded blue gloves
Luxurious fur throw… all above from T.J. Maxx
Do you still have holiday shopping to do?