3 holiday shopping tips you need to know

Shop differently this holiday season. Check out our three tips below for keeping a level head whether you're braving Black Friday or staying in your pajamas browsing the web.

Buy smaller, but substantial gifts.

You can still go luxe without breaking the bank. Go to stores like Ulta and Sephora and pick up mini versions of her favorite products that are a lot cheaper than her full-size counterparts. Check out our Under $20 Gift Guide here.

Put your dollar towards something good.
Many companies and brands are donating a portion or all of their proceeds from special-edition products to charities and non-profit organizations. Get in the holiday spirit by knowing upon checkout, your dollar is providing both a gift to a friend and funds to those in need. See our recommendations for gifts that give back.

Try online shopping.
Did you know that by setting up a PayPal account, you can easily budget and comparison shop? Plus, checking out through PayPal is more secure than entering your credit card information on each site. Read more about their shopping advantages here.

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