It's that time of year, and as serious shoppers know, only the strong will survive. Some of you are preparing to brave the mall at 5 a.m. for rock-bottom bargains. (No, we don't think it's at all ridiculous to wake up that early to catch some steals and deals. In fact, we understand.) But before you step out of the house to buy your loved ones a few guilt-free gifts, check out these eight need-to-know shopping tips from the experts.