The holiday shopping season is upon us. Are you excited about shopping or are you dreading every moment?
Even if you don’t like shopping, going to the mall or a department store does not have to be the worse part of your day. Here's a few organization tips to make your next shopping trip a little less dreadful.
1.Start with a list of gift ideas – be specific and write them down (not just in your head), it will help you not deviate from your plan
2.Create a budget – research gift items on line, print coupons, and write a price range next to the gift item
3.Look online for the mall/store directory – viewing the maps and knowing where the stores/departments are located will help you determine where to park, what door to enter/exit through, and where to get a snack :). Even though you are there to shop for others, buy yourself a treat (I like caramel corn)
4.Dress comfortably – especially shoes (if you are shopping with someone else make sure they have on comfortable shoe as well)
5.When you arrive, park in a well lit area, lock your car, and consult the in-store directory and posted signs to confirm the location of where you shop (pull out your list and make note of location next to gift item)
Take a deep breath, get a snack, don't forget to pick up something for yourself, and have fun!
If you are indecisive, a procrastinator, or hate shopping all together:
•Do all of the above and go to the mall/store 90 minutes before it closes and in the middle of the week, there will be fewer shoppers - be patient! If you shop late stores will be a little messier and retail staff may be a little crabbier (being calm makes thing a little more manageable)
•Have a hands free experience – carry a small purse with essentials or use an over the should bag so you don’t have to juggle multiple things in your hands
•Listen to your favorite music with a MP3 player or iPod
Etsy or Artfire.com for a wonderful collection of handmade and vintage gift ideas. Don't forget to check each shop for shipping deadlines to ensure you receive your gifts before the holidays.
As much as I like to lollygag and window shop there are times when I need to be efficient and being prepared with an organized plan is always very helpful.
Do you enjoy shopping and the crowds or do you dread hitting the mall?