Father’s Day Gifts
Father’ Day is coming up and the advertisers are trying hard to get people interested? Why? When Mother’s Day is coming the hype is tremendous and people don’t need the advertisers to get them excited. There seems to be a special energy when it comes to Mother’s Day. There are many reasons we could come up with as to why this is so. I won’t venture to suggest nothing in this forum as yet, but all I will say is conduct a poll amongst your peers and see how they feel.
The goal of this blog is to get you to remember that we needed a mother and a father to bring us here. So, if you have your father then get him something special for Father’s Day. Maybe you don’t know your father, but there is someone else who has been a father figure to you, or maybe an uncle, or a teacher, or a mentor. Show them your appreciation of Father’s Day. In tomorrow’s blog I will suggest some gift ideas.
One of the things I observe about men is that many of them do not care their skin, especially their hands. Mary Kay has special skin care products for men. You can visit the website at http://www.marykay.com. Another thing I see is that when we give them gifts we look for tools. Unless he is really a handyman I would suggest looking at other gift ideas.
Wherever in the world you are I’m sure the holidays are upon you. Here in New York City the stores are not as crowded as I thought they would be. I went into a well known electronics store and I was able to make my purchase and get out in less than five minutes. That really surprised me because they really have great deals going on. Maybe I came out late. I’m heading to a famous department store and I will see what that is like. Usually they are crowded everyday of the week. I invite you to tell the world what’s going on in your country or state or city. Do you think people are still waiting to get better deals or they bought everything on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Are you finished with your shopping as yet? Let’s hear from you. Is it looking like a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year or is it looking like a sad Christmas and a hopeful New Year?
We have just a little over two days to go before Black Friday shopping kicks into high gear. So far, I see where Kohls is opening at 3:00a.m. That seems to be the earliest so far, but we will see. So, I’m sure with the stores opening so early, everyone will have an opportunity to get to the stores really early, even if you have to go to work. Therefore, you need some strategies to get the best bargains and to handle the crowd. Here are a few that you might just need to be reminded of.
1. Eat your breakfast. Chances are you will be standing on long lines and you will get hungry. If you are hungry you will be no match for the crowd.
2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Leave the high heels in the car or leave them home. They are not good for standing over long periods of time. Clothes should be comfortable in terms of fit.
3. Be alert. Not everybody in the line has money to shop. Some are looking to shop with your money. It doesn’t matter if they are male or female. Just be alert. Look who is behind you especially when you open your pocket-book or take your wallet out. Men, keep your wallet in your side pocket.
4. Use a debit card instead of a credit card. The benefit of using a debit card is that you don’t send up your credit card debt in the new year. It helps you control your spending. If you have a credit card with a limit of $5,000, you might go out and spend $2,000.00; but if you know you only have $1000 in your checking account you know you have to be very careful and make that money stretch. This does not mean you cannot use your credit card, what it means is that you use it only when necessary. Some items will be better purchased with a credit card. Another benefit of using a debit card, is that you don’t have to walk around with much cash. What you can do is if you mostly use cash transactions, just put the money in your checking account and then use your debit card. I know that some banks allow you to get cash back on debit card purchases. Ultimately, use wisdom because you know your situation better than anyone else. This is for those who don’t have a lot of money to work with.
5. Make a shopping list. If you go without a list you are likely to buy something just because it is on sale and maybe you don’t really need it. Black Friday is a good time to start shopping for people on your gift list. It does not have to be for Christmas only, it could be for someone with a birthday in January or February. Whatever you do, just make sure you have your list. It keeps you focused.
6. Lock your vehicles. Sometimes people forget to lock their trunks. Also, make sure if you have to make trips from the store to the car, you do not just throw the shopping bags on the back seat. The trunk is the best place to put your shopping bags.
7. Be aware of return policy. Many times in the excitement of the shopping people forget to check the return policy. That is critical especially if the item is for someone who lives out of town. Watch for final sales too.
Hope these prove helpful.
I was just thinking that with Black Friday just a few days away, how many people are giving gifts this holiday season, and how many people know what gift they are going to give each person on their list? Maybe the better question is to ask, how many people plan to spend more on gifts this year, and how many just plan to take some people off their list so their money can stretch? Seriously, though, have you made a list or are you just going to head out on Black Friday, get the bargains and hope to find something for everyone comes Christmas Day.
Do you have a strategy when you hit the ground running next Friday? I strongly suggest that you have a strategy for getting the right gift (not the perfect gift) for each person. It can be done. Chances are you have the same people on your list year after year and you sort of know their likes and preferences. If that is correct, then you are well on your way to happy faces on Christmas morning. I usually make my list and beside each name I put two or three things I know they would love. When I go shopping I take the list with me and most times I am able to get everything done in one day. Well, that is my strategy. What is yours?