As a parent with a little one, I now understand why people get so stressed during the holiday season. My son just turned four and is in the 3 yr. old program at our public school and his December schedule is jam-packed. I can only imagine how insane the holiday season is for those of you with more than one child! Therefore, I thought I’d write a blog post sharing a few tips for how you can get your holiday shopping done without stressing out.
1. Get a Sitter and Go Late. Nowadays, the majority of stores have extended holiday hours. If you have little ones at home and/or want to avoid the Christmas crowds, then take advantage of these hours.
2. Shop Online. Yes, you’ve probably heard us mention shopping online a few times, but this is seriously one of the best ways to Christmas shop for those who hate fighting the crowds. You can do it at any time, from the comfort of your home and the gifts come right to your door. You can even have them gift wrapped if you wish!
3. Buy Gift Cards or Give Cash. Many people hate giving gift cards or cash for Christmas because they feel like it isn’t personal. However, if you have a tight schedule and are having a tough time deciding what to get people…give them a gift card or cash! This will save you a ton of time and the recipient will be delighted because they can purchase something they really want with the money.
4. Eliminate Gift Recipients. Go through your Christmas gift list and look over the people on it. If you have a few people who you buy for year after year, but haven’t gotten you anything back in return for a few years, then cross them off and don’t spend your time or money on them for a gift. Now, if you want to give them something, why not fix them up a nice little basket full of Christmas goodies you and your family make?