O my good golly gosh. Is it already time to talk about Christmas? O fiddlesticks. This is so depressing. It makes me feel so existential. But hey, you know what? This year, my early Christmas shopping isn’t a binge. It isn’t because I’m gearing up for a major blowout the morning of the 25th. The fact is that I’ve got pretty thin margins this year. I’m not gonna’ lie. In order to build up a surplus to be able to meet all of my family obligations–letting people know that I love them, by giving them a gift wrapped appliance or commodity of some kind–I have to start saving now!!!
And I’ve got some tough customers this year. Since Michelle turned 13 this August, all of my daughters have officially entered their terrible teens.
When kids are young and toy-hungry, receiving clothing as a Christmas gift often seems an almost unexplainable insult; however, as kids age and become more interested in being cool, the appeal of finding clothing under the tree increases precipitously. If your child has matured to the point of wishing for clothing to be nestled in some of his carefully wrapped Christmas presents, you’re in luck. You can now kill two birds with one stone, buying the clothes he needs and wants to meet your Christmas gift-giving obligations while delighting your interested-in-fashion recipient.
Finding What They Want
Particularly if your teen is exceptionally choosey, buying clothing as a present can be highly intimidating. Instead of allowing the fear of not buying the right duds to stop you from doing so altogether, do a little detective work to make sure you get just the right pieces. As you prepare to buy these clothes, pay a little more attention to the garments your teen gravitates to when flipping through her favorite magazine. Also, when at the mall, instead of trying to ignore the cries of “Mom, can I have this?”–pay closer attention to what specifically she’s asking you to buy as this could give you great insight into what fashion aesthetic she finds particularly pleasing.
Hit the Sales
The holiday season is usually rife with savings opportunities. Instead of just rushing out in haste, eager to get your shopping done and buying whatever you see first, spend a little time hunting for that perfect deal. Hit the clearance racks and shop the pre-holiday sales. In doing so, you can likely enable yourself to buy more items for the same amount of money, which will probably please your not-eager-to-repeat-outfits child. Also, keep in mind that investing too much money in one piece is unwise, as your child will likely grow out of it or lose interest in the item before it has fully worn out. Particularly when buying for teens whose particular proclivities change as rapidly as the weather, spending more on clothing than you need to is a major mistake.
Cash in with Coupon Codes
By buying clothes for your child as a Christmas present, you can save yourself a potentially pricey trip to the mall. When you head to the mall, finicky teen in tow, you may end up spending substantially more for clothing than you would otherwise, as your child will pull his favorites from the rack and pressure you into buying them. When shopping for Christmas, however, you can skip this pressure. Instead, take your time looking around for deals. Shop online to make it even easier and cheaper. If shopping online, be thrifty and, before you push your digital cart to the checkout, Google the name of the store and the term coupon codes. You’ll likely find some money-saving offers that you can put to use instantly, making your kid’s clothes purchase even less impactful on your wallet.
Clothing makes both a utilitarian and an exciting holiday present. This season, make some of your holiday presents wearable ones and save money while doing so through tricks of the (kids’ clothing) shopping trade.