Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Shopping
With the onset of November, gone are the harvest decorations of fall celebrations and Christmas décor is already alive and well! That can only mean one thing — the stress of holiday shopping is upon us! We at The SHOPS Gainey Village invite you to relax and embrace the season of gift giving with these simple no-stress holiday shopping tips.
The old adage “the early bird gets the worm” is never rings truer than during holiday shopping days. Getting a head start on holiday shopping allows gift-givers to enjoy the art of purposeful shopping — finding the perfect gift for each person on your list versus rushing at the last minute to simply stuff the stockings.
Shop During Off Hours
While many people save their holiday shopping for popular shopping days like Black Friday or weekends, shopping during the weekday, in the morning when shops open allows for a more peaceful shopping experience.
Find Something Unique
The SHOPS at Gainey Village features locally owned retailers with unique pieces — from furnishing and home accessories to shoes, jewelry and clothing for men, women and even babies — so you can find the perfect special gift for each person on your list without worry that they will have already seen it on an mannequin at the mall.
Make a List… and Check it Twice
Being organized is one of the best ways to eliminate stress — not just as it relates to holiday shopping, but in many facets of life! So before setting off on a shopping spree, make a list of who you need to shop for, along with a few of their favorite things (such as hobby, favorite color, signature style piece such as scarves or stylish golf shirts), and their sizes. This makes shopping that much easier, and crossing items off a list is one way to feel extremely accomplished during the hustle and bustle of the holidays!
Take a Break
If you try to tackle too much at once, you’re sure to suffer from a stress setback! Set a goal to conquer just a portion of your list, or if you’re on a spree, be sure to take a break to nourish yourself. The SHOPS Gainey Village is packed with restaurants from quick casual to fine dining, so when you find yourself a bit “shopped out,” you can enjoy a bite to eat, refuel with a caffeine fix or sip a relaxing glass of wine before finishing up the rest of your list.
Shop in the Comfort of Your Own Home
If the weather outside is frightful, take advantage of the many stores at the SHOPS Gainey Village that offer online shopping capabilities. Many online retailers offer free or discounted shipping rates at holiday times as well as discounts and shopping deal codes, so do your research online before checking out.
Gift Cards Never Go Out of Style
If all else fails, and you’ve found yourself just days from the holidays with your entire gift list yet to cross off, consider the gift of a gift card! Treat your loved ones to a meal at their favorite restaurant, such as Drexyl Modern American, Pomo, Village Tavern, the Living Room and more, or their favorite retailer within the SHOPS Gainey Village so they can enjoy the experience of picking out their own gift!
Most of all, remember that the holidays are about more than just finding the perfect gift and shopping ‘til you drop. Find your “reason for the season,” and keep it close to heart during those sometimes-stressful holiday moments.