Luckily, we spoke to shopping expert Jennifer Kleinberg, who offered her tips for keeping Christmas shopping affordable, easy and successful.
1. Begin with a list
Christmas shopping can be overwhelming, so make sure you're organized from the get-go.
"Make a list of everyone that you're going to be buying for," Kleinberg begins. "That way you're not feeling the pressure when you get closer to the holidays. Also include any information that you happen to know about them. So if you're buying for a niece or nephew, write down how old they are and what size they are, so that way you won't be stuck wandering the mall [debating] what to pick up."
As presents add up, your budget can go out the window. But that won't happen if you pre-emptively determine what you're going to spend, promises Kleinberg.
"It's also a good idea to hold on to your receipts," she continues. "That way you can compare how much you spent to how much your budget was."
3. Don't rule out gift cards
Gift cards are a great gift idea -- especially if they're for somebody like a babysitter or another professional.
"Gift cards give [people like] teachers and babysitters a chance to buy something they really want," explains Kleinberg. "So if it's for a teacher, get a mug and put the gift card inside with some tea, and that way you're doing something other than just giving a gift card in a box."