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Holiday Shopping––a shopper’s dream ... or in some cases, a nightmare. While holidays are some of the merriest days in a year, there are time where days spent shopping can be a days filled with tears, anger or fear … all at the same time (especially if you are unaware and unprepared for what is to come). Not to worry … we are here to give you some life-saving (literally) tips on how to mentally and physically prepare yourself for the day after Christmas' busiest shopping day of the year!
This may seem obvious but you would be surprised at how many people do not plan before entering into the war zone. Most, if not all, stores participating in Holiday sales will post their deals online, days, and sometimes weeks beforehand. Make sure you look through those deals to find the store with the gifts you’re looking for, and save it to your favorite device! This bring me to the next tip.
2. Map it.
Once you find the store (s) of choice, map every destination. This will help you save time as you will spend most of your time in stores that have the items on your shopping list. This step seems optional––but trust me, in the end mapping it ahead of time will save you a lot of frustration and stress. And after all, isn’t this the most wonderful time of the year?
3. Invite people.
Ever heard the saying, “Two is better than one?” Well, for holiday-shopping, having your squad is key. Invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, or for the fearless¬¬––the woman you work out next to in your cycle class. The more people you have, the more terrain you can cover, which means better deals and more savings! Once my mom decided to invite one of the families from our church to help out––we were shocked when they showed up with a horse’s trailer to help us haul our items combined. Now, I'm sure you’re not going to get a trailer full of stuff, but you never know what people can bring to this adventure that will add to your gain.
4. Tunnel vision.
When you go into the store, maintain your tunnel vision. You have no time to stop by the Target $1 section today––no matter how appealing the signs may be. Stay on track and remember why you are there in the first place.
understand ... YOU WILL WAIT IN LINES. Go ahead and burn that into your brain.
Depending on what time and when you’re shopping, you might have to stand in a
line just to get into the store. Once you’ve shopped and picked up your
treasures, you’ll still need to check out. That being said, come comfortably.
Prepare yourself to be on your feet for a while. If you live in a colder
environment, you might want to bring a blanket or even a warm shrug. If you’re
in a warmer location like those of us in 85+ degree weather as Fall has turned
into Winter, you’ll want to opposite. Regardless of your geographical location,
a stop by Starbucks (or your favorite (or your favorite
local Java stop) is a must.
the comfort of binge-watching your favorite holiday chic flicks? No need to
stress. Just stay home and shop from the comfort of your festive PJs. While
shops like Amazon, Target and Etsy are an easy go-to, don't forget some of the
smaller-but-trendy shops! FashionNova.com, HazelandOlive.com or even
Saskicollection.com (for the active-wear enthusiast) are fun for the adventurous shopper. Upscale recycled clothing-enthusiast?
Fashioned Magazine has a humble online store that is affordable even for whom
#thestrugglisreal. So if you're home and your jingle is, "Baby, It's Cold
Outside," but you should be buying gifts, online shopping is your tune!
is our Merchandising Editor, who was born with a chic pair of sunnies on her
head and is our go-to guru for the best bargains and deals a SoCal girl might
ever find. She can be followed on IG at @kyreecymone.