Holiday Shopping Tips

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The joys of holiday shopping – dashing through the stores (minus the one-horse open sleigh), enduring non-stop Christmas music, and jostling crowds of shoppers to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Sometimes, the hustle and bustle of it all can be a bit too much. But, you can put the merry back in your Christmas shopping and save yourself time and money, too, by following these few tips.

Save Time

  • Make a List: This helps you stay on track so you don’t forget anyone and it will remind you what you are looking for.
  • Research Online: Take some time to search where the best deals are so you’ll know exactly where to go – it beats driving around aimlessly wasting time and fuel.
  • Have a Plan: Group the gifts you are buying by store or general location to save you from travelling back and forth.
    Savings Tip: Visit an AMA centre – your one-stop shop to buy gift memberships, movie tickets, luggage, golf cards, ski passes, and more.
  • Shop Online: Shop in comfort and avoid the crowds (everyone seems to be going to the same store as you, anyways), the line-ups (no worries about picking the wrong one) and parking lot wars. Many sites offer free shipping or, buy several items from the same store to save on shipping charges if you meet the minimum amount spent. Just try to order in plenty of time so the gifts arrive before the big day.
    Savings Tip: Shop online at the AMA eStore for exclusive discounts on clothes, home decor and entertainment, automotive accessories, and the list goes on.

Save Money

Save yourself a ton of money when you shop at AMA and at our AMA Rewards partners for gifts ranging from cool and unique, to essential and practical. You’ll find ideas for things you may not have thought of to buy.

When you shop with your AMA card in-store and online, you’ll get member-exclusive discounts and earn reward dollars. A reward dollar is worth $1 Canadian, never expires, and can be spent (just like cash) for almost anything at an AMA centre. With the money saved, you’ll be able to buy a little something for yourself, too.

Check out our Give Guide for great gift ideas now to see how your AMA membership can save you money.

Happy Holiday Shopping!