Christmas and Holiday shopping has become very stressful for most of us. Fortunately, there are ways of reducing the stress and bringing back some of the joy.
Reduce Your Shopping List
Buy presents for only those people who are important to you. If you have a large extended family, consider suggesting that everyone pick the name of one other person to buy a present for.
Think It Out
Limit the number of presents per person
Shop during the week if possible, and during the daytime. Avoid weekends when the crowds are most intense
Plan Your Outfit
Wear comfortable shoes when you shop. If going shopping directly from work, take along a pair of walking shoes to change into
Watch Your Back
Buy the heaviest gifts last so you don’t have to carry them around.
Make It Easy
Shop by catalog or online from the comfort of your home or office. This will save you an incredible amount of time – and wear and tear.
Arrange for the store to wrap and ship your gifts if they are for people out of town. It is worth the nominal charge not to have to wait in long lines at the post office.
Make It Homemade
Make some or all of your gifts. Baked goods, homemade ornaments or other crafts make wonderful gifts and are a lot more meaningful to the people who receive them.
Buy or start making your gifts far in advance. If you see something in a store that is perfect for your Aunt Martha, buy it then and there. Don’t waste time coming back next month.
Plan For Next Year
Shop for Christmas cards immediately after the holiday. They are always on sale for half the price, and you will be all set come next Christmas.