3 Holiday Shopping Tips

Happy holidays! Happy ‘getting stressed out, trying to do too many things and please everyone’ season!

Oh, wait. That doesn’t sound too great…

Nip stress in the bud

Let’s take care of that stress first, because less stress means a happier you. A you who is better able to take care of all the people who depend on you! A you who can enjoy the holiday fun, parties, and gift giving. So get a massage, take some time for your favorite yoga class, meditate, do whatever makes you happy.

Stick to a budget

Much of the holiday stress people feel can be attributed to money woes. Make a list and check it twice, making sure the gifts you choose are within your budget reach. And when you’re tempted to overspend, remember that things are rarely as meaningful as a kind thought or gesture.

Shop local

Shy away from the average stuff you get at the big box stores. Visit your local bookstore, bakery, and massage office (Hey! That’s me!) to get gifts and gift certificates that really mean something.

Check out the Lincoln Square holiday market where you can buy jars of local honey or handmade ornaments. Keep a stash in your car with some gift bags for last-minute “I can’t believe I forgot to get a gift for my kid’s teacher” type situations.

Bonus: When you shop small, local businesses, you are supporting your local community.

Here’s to a wonderful holiday low on stress and filled with fun!