*Check to see what you already have.
*Make a list of the things you want to buy. Prepare your list around what you already have, what's on sale, and what gifts you'll need in the coming year (birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, 21sts, engagements, weddings, special anniversaries, new babies and of course next Christmas!).
*Plan your spending to avoid impulse buys. Don't spend money on things you don't need.
*Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, take a bottle of water and remember to have fun.