Self Care Sunday: Stress-Free Holiday Shopping
You've got enough stress with everything else going on out there, without worrying about Christmas gifts.
This week, I won't be able to help you get your shopping done in 10 minutes or less, but if you take 10 to read through these 5 pro tips, you're bound to get through your list with less stress.
1. If you haven't already, get started now.
Shipping delays and reduced supply mean popular items may run out early. Plus, retailers, fearing another lockdown, are ordering less stock. Make some time today to review your gift giving list and formulate a plan to get started.
2. Shop from home.
Most shops now give you a way to shop from home, whether it's via a website, or through Zoom calls and Facebook Lives. Grab your list, pour a cup of tea, and get your shopping done in your jammies.
We've got several options to help you do this: Enjoy our newly revamped website, check out our gift guides (here, here, and here, with more coming weekly) and shop by phone or e-mail, or book a virtual personal shopping appointment.
Shipping is now free for orders $100+, or if you're within Windsor and Essex County, we'll deliver free to your door for orders $40+.
3. Shop during less busy times.
If you must shop in person, do it when you're less likely to have trouble with full parking lots and long lines.
Traffic patterns will depend on the type of business and its location, but as a general rule, the first and last hours of the day will be slowest. Weekdays between 2 and 3:30 p.m, Saturdays after 3 p.m., and pretty much all day Sunday and Monday will also be slower.
4. Pick a theme.
As much as I love going all out and choosing a perfectly unique gift for every person on my list, with a busy entrepreneur's schedule, this ends up causing me an enormous amount of stress. So I've started picking a theme each year, at least for key recipients. One year everyone got diffusers, another year it was acupressure mats. Then I customize each gift by adding a different book that I hand picked for each person.
Even if you're not buying exactly the same gift for everyone, a theme narrows your options and stresses your brain less.
5. Focus on connection.
The holidays are going to look very different from what we're used to this year, and we won't be able to gather like we have in the past. Can you find creative way to connect via your gifts?
Could you gift some beautiful stationery and become old-fashioned pen pals with an older relative? Perhaps you could mail your BFF a baking kit and make cookies together over Zoom. Or maybe you could mail sheet masks to your friends and have a virtual spa day.
Whatever the holidays end up looking like this year, with a little planning and creativity, we can still make them meaningful. Don't hesitate to reach out if we can help.
Debra Purdy is the owner of ShopEco, a voracious reader, and a bona fide skin care fanatic.