Tips for stress-free Christmas shopping

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Tips for Stress Free Christmas Shopping

This year, don't let the stress of Christmas shopping kill your holiday spirit. We've got a few tips that will keep you less stressed.

1. Start Early.
It's going to be so much easier for you to grab a thoughtful present when stores aren't completely packed with people elbowing you out of the way. And, whatever you do, don't wait until Christmas Eve! It's the biggest shopping day of the year.

2. Be Creative.
When you're doing your Christmas shopping, really think about the person you're shopping for. Are they artsy? Are they a foodie? Go above and beyond the gift card, and we guarantee you it'll be appreciated.

3. Buy Online!
Shopping online can keep you away from some of the more undesirable elements of Christmas shopping, -- like other people. Many companies have the same sales on their websites as they do in stores, just make sure you give plenty of time to ship your goodies before the big day.

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GAZA CITY, GAZA - DECEMBER 17: Red Santa hats and Santa Clause figures are placed on a window of a gift shop ahead of the new year in Gaza City, Gaza on December 17, 2015. (Photo by Ali Hassan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The Trevi Fountain is reflected on the display window of a shop decorated for Christmas in Rome on December 15, 2015. / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
A vendor arranges Christmas decorations at market store in the Relief Road area of Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India, on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. India's rupee is feeling the heat as the Federal Reserve looks set to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade. The currency, touted as Asia's most resilient to a U.S. rate increase by Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd., has extended declines in December after weakening 2.1 percent last month in the region's worst performance. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A jackets and coats discount sign is seen in a store window in London, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Despite the beautiful lights and decorations, it seems that Christmas isnât exactly in the air in Britain, where unexpectedly mild temperatures are causing some daffodils to bloom and some ice rinks to suspend operations. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Illuminated musical fountains whirl in front of a Christmas tree at a mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. The spirit of Christmas is felt very much in Muslim-dominated Malaysia, as shopping malls in Malaysia have decorated their premises with Christmas trees, lights, Santa Claus and carols as a chance to boost year-end sales. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)
A woman takes photographs of a Christmas window display at the 'Le Printemps' department store in Paris on December 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ ADRIEN MORLENT / AFP / ADRIEN MORLENT (Photo credit should read ADRIEN MORLENT/AFP/Getty Images)
Customers buy Christmas decorations from a street stall at the farmer's market in suburban Manila on December 10, 2015. The Philippines Asia's bastion of Roman Catholicism, celebrates the world's longest Christmas season starting on December 16 with dawn masses and ends on the first week of January. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO / AFP / JAY DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
A bicycle vendor (C) is seen in front of a luxury shopping mall being decorated for the upcoming Christmas holidays in downtown Hanoi on December 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / HOANG DINH NAM / AFP / HOANG DINH NAM (Photo credit should read HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)
FLORENCE, ITALY - DECEMBER 09: A general view of atmosphere at Ponte Vecchio lighting on December 9, 2015 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: Customers shop at a mall on December 1, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. German consumer morale and willingness to spend showed signs of declining less than expected, offering hope to retailers for a successful holiday period. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: Customers look at Christmas ornaments for sale at a Christmas market on December 1, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. German consumer morale and willingness to spend showed signs of declining less than expected, offering hope to retailers for a successful holiday period. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
A festive sign hangs near to the alcoholic spirits for sale at the Tesco Basildon Pitsea Extra supermarket, operated by Tesco Plc, in Basildon, U.K., on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Many European food retailers are coming to terms with persistently low inflation as well as consumers who remain frugal yet purchase food more frequently. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Frozen turkeys sit on display at the Tesco Basildon Pitsea Extra supermarket, operated by Tesco Plc, in Basildon, U.K., on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Many European food retailers are coming to terms with persistently low inflation as well as consumers who remain frugal yet purchase food more frequently. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images
PHILIPPINES - 2015/12/01: The EcoWaste Coalition launches the campaign for safe toys in Quezon City to ensure that children are protected against hazardous toys during the Christmas gift-giving season. The group urges consumers to think and apply the motto Safety First when selecting and purchasing toys. (Photo by Gregorio B. Dantes Jr./Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: A Christmas market is seen at Potsdamer Platz on December 1, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. German consumer morale and willingness to spend showed signs of declining less than expected, offering hope to retailers for a successful holiday period. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: Customers go through their purchases at a mall on December 1, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. German consumer morale and willingness to spend showed signs of declining less than expected, offering hope to retailers for a successful holiday period. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
PHILIPPINES - 2015/12/01: The samples of toxic toys during the EcoWaste Coalition launches the campaign for safe toys in Quezon City to ensure that children are protected against hazardous toys during the Christmas gift-giving season. The group urges consumers to think and apply the motto Safety First when selecting and purchasing toys. (Photo by Gregorio B. Dantes Jr./Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
AURORA, CO - NOV. 30: Obie Covington, left, and hundreds of other volunteers at the Denver Processing Center in Aurora, fill thousands of shoe boxes with toys and school supplies to be distributed to children around the world through Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child. Volunteers will work for weeks leading up to the holiday to prepare the boxes for shipment. (Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOVEMBER 30: Visitors browse Christmas decorations at the Christmas market at the Old Town Square on November 30, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. Christmas markets, traditionally selling mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, hot mead, and Christmas tree decorations amongst other products opened across the Czech Republic during the first Advent weekend. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOVEMBER 30: Christmas decorations are display for sale at the Christmas market at the Old Town Square on November 30, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. Christmas markets, traditionally selling mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, hot mead, and Christmas tree decorations amongst other products opened across the Czech Republic during the first Advent weekend. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
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