It is never easy to find gifts in a hurry. You might end up getting the wrong gift for the wrong person and then you will be in a real bind. While it is much better to plan things out properly and do your shopping leisurely, life does not always work out. So here are some tips to help the hurried and harried gift-shopper:
Raid the Company Closet
This is the easiest thing to do if you need to take a gift to a business meeting, photo op or conference: raid the company closet. In other words, go for the corporate promotional gifts that every company stocks in its store rooms for this particular purpose. Every company gets a new batch of promotional material each year, including things like clocks, calendars, hats and caps, umbrellas, diaries etc. that are given to their shareholders and customers throughout the year. You might even find specialty items such as coffee table books that have been left over from some anniversary dinner. Use these to woo the guests and charm them into a deal.
Look Online For Deals
Like many other things, shopping has moved online too. Granted, you cannot do this if you need a gift in the next few hours (unless you are prepared to pay a lot of money for delivery) but if you still have a couple of days, this is your game. There are many online shopping sites but also some that are customized for specific gifts. For instance, if you are looking for business gifts, then some sites will let you filter your search so that you see only those results, or there are sites that exclusively carry those gifts. Things such as men’s office wear accessories, ladies’ formal jewellery and other such gifts can be bought at these sites. The best ones offer guarantees and complete security as well as authenticated and legitimate online payment gateways. Do not be fooled into paying online for a dud site.
Find a Personal Shopper
There are personal shoppers who specialize in high-pressure shopping; they know how to find the right gift in a limited time period. Even if you find a normal personal shopper it will still be easier on you as they will do the actual leg work of finding the gift – all you need to do is give them the requirements. Some shoppers are so experienced that all you need is to tell them about the recipient and the occasion. They will do the rest on their own. Not only will this save you time and energy, it will also get you a gift of a better quality and lesser price because personal shoppers do this for a living; they know where the deals are.