With the Christmas Holiday rapidly approaching, I decided to share a few tips for those who will be out this weekend with the packs of last minute holiday shoppers. This blog post was inspired by my solo shopping trip at the mall this past weekend. This is actually a list of things that I should have utilized myself. This would have made my trip a lot less stressful and anxiety ridden.
When I was younger, I could shop literally all-day long. I mean from 10 am until the time that the stores closed. I do not know if that was youth, or if it was simply undiagnosed mania. I could go all day with little concern for food or nonsense like that. That was then, and this is now. If I do not have food, or some sort of snack in my bag, I get hangry.
I decided that I would do some holiday shopping on Sunday since, I had gotten nothing done. I had a mental list of what I wanted to get and who the gifts would be for. I did know, that I wanted to arrive at the shopping center early to avoid the dreaded parking spot hunt. This is one of my least favorite parts of going to the mall. When I arrived, to my surprise there were several parking spots and I did not have to go on a manhunt.
The whole experience lasted several hours, and when I left I was bogged down with many bags. It was definitely an experience to forget.
This experience gave me the idea to compile a list of 7 tips for last minute holiday gift shopping:
1. Make a list of who you are shopping for – Be Prepared with a list of all the gifts that you need to purchase.
2. Map out your trip – Strategically park your car near the entrance by the stores you need to go to.
3. Go with your friend – If shopping or being around large groups of people makes you uneasy, go with a friend.
4. Bring earplugs or headphones – These may be used if you have a noise sensitivity.
5. Give yourself a time limit – This will ensure that you do not spend too much time in one store.
6. Bring a snack – Have a snack handy in case your blood sugar drops.
7. Know your budget – Make sure that you know how much you will be spending before you get to the mall.
I hope that these tips will help you as you navigate your way through the crowds. Happy Shopping!