Holiday Shopping Tips

This holiday season, AMA is saving Albertans from a different kind of emergency: last-minute gift shopping. Whether you’re a part of the AMA family or not, these tips will help put the jingle back in your bells, and make an easier task of dashing through the stores – minus the one-horse open sleigh. Because parking problems.

Make a list (and check it twice): This keeps you on track, so you don’t forget anyone, and will help you plot a plan of attack when navigating busy malls.

Research: Take time to search out the best deals online, so you’ll know exactly where to go when you hit the road. Some stores even let you reserve items online then pick them up in-store.

One-stop shopping: Choose retail locations where you can buy a variety of gifts all in one shot. Visit an AMA centre, for example, and you’ll find gift memberships, movie tickets, luggage, golf cards, ski passes, Ultimate Dining gift cards and more.

Lock It or Lose It: During the lead-up to the holidays, mall parking lots are a treasure trove for thieves. Be sure to lock your vehicle and stow valuables out of sight. More tips: 9 Smart Tips to Outwit Vehicle Thieves.

Members-only tip: Members get exclusive rates when shopping in-centre. We also have more than 164,000 partner locations where you can either get an AMA discount or earn AMA reward dollars on your purchase. One dollar is worth $1 Canadian, never expires, and can be spent just like cash on anything AMA sells – including travel!

Shop online: Avoid the crowds, parking-lot wars and obligation to wear pants by shopping online. Many sites offer free shipping, and oftentimes stock more products on their virtual shelves than at physical locations. Just be sure to leave time for delivery.

Members-only tip: Shop the AMARewards online store for exclusive discounts on clothes, home decor and entertainment, automotive accessories and more. You’ll be surprised to see how many high-profile partners we have, including Hudson’s Bay, Sephora, Microsoft, Joe Fresh, Nike, Le Chateau and Staples.

Happy hunting!

I’m a former journalist, current AMA communications specialist, and future backup dancer for Beyonce. I’m passionate about helping members, riding motorcycles and eliminating all traces of cilantro from food.