Tips to Make Christmas Shopping Easier…

This is not how I look when shopping.

Unlike nearly all women everywhere, I hate shopping. I think it has something to do with being an introvert. I find all of the blaring lights, competing sounds, and piles and piles of merchandise extremely disorienting. I go into a trance, everything starts moving slowly and I can’t understand anything people are saying to me.

Unless I go in with a plan.

Having a well thought out list to follow decreases disorientation. It also decreases the likelihood that I will grab random things to buy just to finish the shopping trip and get out of there!

My number one Christmas (or should I say ‘Holiday?’) shopping tip is to plan ahead.

  1. Set a budget and stick to it.
  2. Make a list of who you need to get gifts for.
  3. Cut that list in half because you don’t really need to stuff for everyone.
  4. Decide in advance what you are going to get for everyone.
  5. Again, cut those items in half because you don’t need to buy that much crap for anyone – especially more toys for your kids.
  6. Determine in advance, which shops are most likely to have the items you need to purchase. Getting lost in the mall can lead to holiday madness.
  7. When you go in, stick to the list. It’s tricky, but it can be done.
  8. If you can’t find the item, don’t waste time looking around – ask a store clerk. If they don’t have it, go home and try again another time.
  9. If you can’t find the item the next time just cut that person/gift off the list. No one will notice.

If you go by my checklist, I’m about done Christmas shopping. All I need to do now is actually go to a store!

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About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home. I love Mondays because I can return to the world of adults, go to the bathroom alone and have nearly uninterrupted conversations with others.
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15 Responses to Tips to Make Christmas Shopping Easier…

  1. My budget: I’m trying to figure out what half of nothing is. Oh yeah, it’s still nothing. Cool, I have my Christmas shopping done already!!!!

  2. sillyliss says:

    Curious how long is your list? I don’t buy gifts for anybody except immediate family, but that’s probably because of the culture I grew up in. I think the mailman probably hates me. : )

  3. My family uses the envelope system. When the Christmas fund is gone, it’s GONE!!!

  4. Hate shopping. Do it all on-line for the kids’ toys and nieces and nephews. Family-wide pact and friends-wide pact no adult gift exchanges. When people insist, I tell them “my gift to you is that you don’t need to go into a mall in December for me.” But I have massive Christmas issues…

  5. workingmommawithababy says:

    I love #5. We have a toddler and my husband wants to buy him a crapload of stuffed animals for Christmas. We are already overloaded with stuffed animals and the kid isn’t even 2! And guess what? My kiddo doesn’t even play with the stuffed animals. He will definitely not notice a lack of them at Christmas.

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