The holidays are a time of fun and cheer and, of course, gift exchanges. And while gathering with friends and family to exchange gifts is always fun, it’s even better when you know you’re armed with the perfect gifts.

Unfortunately, shopping for the whole family can sometimes be a challenge. From fighting crowds and traffic to finding gifts for those on your list who already have everything, the holidays can wind up feeling the opposite of cheerful. 

However, there are a few things you can do. Keep reading to learn four tips to make holiday shopping for the whole family a breeze and still get everyone on your list something they’ll love.

1. Seek Out Brands the Whole Family Will Love

Running from store to store during an already busy holiday season will only leave you stressed out. And, more often than not, you’ll wind up searching for last-minute gifts just days before Christmas as a result. In fact, more than half of all consumers go shopping the Saturday before Christmas.

To get your shopping done in one fell swoop — and ensure you don’t miss anyone on your list — seek out gifts from brands the whole family will love to receive. Whether you have toddlers to please or older kids with pickier tastes, finding that perfect item can seem impossible. But there are options out there that blend classic pieces with trendy styles that will make everyone happy, from your traditional mother-in-law to your fashionable teenager.

2. Choose Pieces that are Stylish and Practical

Another challenge of keeping your kids happy without feeling like you’re throwing away money is finding a balance between what’s stylish and what’s practical. Kids rarely care about choosing the warmest jacket or the most durable pants; what they want are fun patterns and bright colors. But if you cave to fast fashions, you’ll wind up with pieces that won’t stand up to the test of time or keep your family warm and comfortable all winter long.

Luckily, there are plenty of options that perfectly combine style and practicality. Colorful fleece is fun but still great for warding off the cold. Puffer jackets, while trendy, are great for layering throughout winter. Don’t forget the accessories, either. From candy-colored knitted hats to warm scarves, there are plenty of pieces that will keep you and your kids happy.

3. Always Look for Versatile Options

Practical clothing items are important. But when you have numerous family members sharing a few closets — and a tight budget — versatility is also essential. When you’re shopping this holiday season, look for versatile pieces, like vests, that can easily be layered over a long-sleeve tee in the early fall or as an extra layer under a winter coat.

It isn’t just seasonal versatility that’s important, either. Clothing that kids and parents alike can wear to school or work, to an evening of shopping or to your favorite hiking trails means you can invest in higher-quality pieces and avoid adding too much clutter to your home with pieces that can only be worn for a short period of time each year.

4. Shop for Sales

Around 53 percent of Americans find the holidays financially stressful, so anything you can do to reduce this agony and anxiety can help make your holidays happier. Thus, perhaps the most important holiday shopping tip you can follow is to take advantage of sales. 

Rather than seeking out cheap, unreliable brands, visit your favorite stores and online shops in search of holiday deals, especially Black Friday sales. Shopping these sale items means your holiday budget goes further, and you still get high-quality pieces that you and your family will love to wear and that will stand up to plenty of use over the years.

Mastering Your Holiday Shopping

Mastering your holiday shopping this season doesn’t have to be a challenge. By finding one-stop shop brands the whole family will love; choosing practical, versatile pieces; and shopping sales to get high-quality pieces for less, you can find gifts that are as fun as they are affordable.

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