Holiday shopping can be a pain if you wait until the last minute to do your shopping. Then you have to deal with the anxiety of getting it all done in a short period of time, plus worry if the stores even have what you were looking for in stock at that time. The best way to holiday shop is to get it all done and out of the way early. Here is a list of the top spots in Connecticut to get your holiday shopping done early.
Jimmy’s Hip Hop Shop
85 Whalley Ave
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 787-2293

Jimmy’s is your one-stop shop for men’s, women’s and children’s clothing apparel. The store has been in operation for many years and is located right in the heart of New Haven, on Whalley Avenue headed toward the downtown area. Jimmy’s offers great sales throughout the year and doesn’t wait until holiday to offer their best merchandise. You can find great clothing and deals all year-round and get the shopping out of the way early. Jimmy’s is the premiere location for new footwear of all brands.

Westfield Connecticut Post Mall
1201 Boston Post Road
Milford, CT 06460

Formerly known as “the Milford Mall,” Connecticut Post Mall is the go-to spot for Greater New Haven residents. Located in Milford, surrounding cities like New Haven, Hamden, Orange, Bridgeport and other cities travel to this location to find everything that they need in one spot. The mall features department stores like, Macy’s, Target and Sears. It has several individual retail shops that are guaranteed to cater to everyone on your Christmas shopping list this year. This mall has great sales going on now, and you don’t have to wait until the season begins and deal with a crowd of people to get it done early.

Hamden Plaza
2100 Dixwell Ave
Hamden, CT 06514

The Hamden Plaza is a family favorite any day of the week. This area of Hamden holds several shopping facilities for everyone. The area offers stores like Marshalls, TJ Max, Pier 1 Imports, Bed Bath and Beyond and Bob’s Clothing store. With this premiere location, you are guaranteed to find all of your desired shopping items in one central location. The area has several dining choices as well, so you and the family can make a full day of getting the holiday shopping done early.

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North Haven Commons
410 Universal Drive N
North Haven, CT 06473

This shopping plaza has really grown over the years. Most of the newer stores are under 10 years old. If you’re looking to have everything done early this holiday, this is the location to travel. With more than 100 stores in one central location, you are guaranteed to find great deals and anything you may be looking for. For the the arts and crafts person, there’s a Michael’s on site, and a Home Depot for the home improver in your life. You’ll find several retail stores to cater to everyone’s style and fashion sense. For the gamers, there are several game shops in this area to buy game systems, video games and accessories. There’s also a movie theater if you choose to think outside the box and buy gift certificates to a movie.

Tanger Outlets
314 Flat Rock Place
Westbrook, CT 06498
(860) 399-8656

Located by the Mohegan Sun casino, these outlet stores are very popular among Connecticut residents, especially for the holiday season shopping. With more than 150 stores to select from, the outlet always has great bargains, deals and exclusive items that will suit everyone on your list this year. With one trip to the Tanger Outlets, your holiday shopping will be done and out of the way before the crowds begin to gather. The outlets open their doors as early as 10 a.m. so you can have an early start to get it all done.

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