How to Ensure Stress-Free Holiday Shopping

February 6, 2018

The holiday season tends to be quite tumultuous; not only do you have to get your plans ready for having a good time but also you need to buy gifts. Naturally, there is a fair amount of stress in planning everything out right from making the list, deciding what to buy for each one, and fixing a budget that will not plunge you into a financial crisis when the holidays end. Some useful tips on beating the holiday season shopping stress:

You Don’t Know What to Buy

If you know the listed people well, you will also know what they like, what their hobbies are, etc. Also, think hard whether they have dropped hints about something they would be grateful for. Their social media accounts can provide very helpful clues; they may even have posted a wish list from which you can select an item. You can also take advantage of the numerous gift buying guides that are published online or in leading magazines before the holiday season. Many of the leading online retailers also have special gift idea boards that can help to give you useful ideas. If you need to buy a mattress, be sure to refer to Memory Foam Talk, a reputed online mattress selection resource.

Take Advantage of Concierge Services

If you hate shopping or simply don’t have the time to buy countless gifts during the holiday season, you can approach any of the leading stores for help in the form of shopping assistants who will take your brief and then pick out presents accordingly. While, earlier this used to be a service only available at the really high-end stores, nowadays even stores at the mall come forward with services like this to fight off competition from the online stores. Generally, you will need to make an appointment if your shopping list is really long or if you just drop by with a smaller list, the sales assistants will be glad to offer suggestions and even do the fetching and carrying from the different sections for you.

Arrange for Delivery of the Gifts

Carrying the gifts home need not be the usual painful affair if you arrange for them to be home delivered. While many shops will even throw in free home delivery, the chain stores will usually charge a nominal fee that is well worth it for the sheer convenience, especially if there are large items like TVs or mattresses. You can also check out various delivery services that let you buy, pay, and get the items home-delivered for a small fee. They even usually offer monthly subscription services that allow you to have multiple items delivered for a one-time fee.


If you don’t enjoy the Black Friday madness, don’t worry because the holiday shopping season has really got extended nowadays. It is common for all leading retailers and online shopping sites to give you very good deals much in advance on virtually everything that you could ever want and more. However, the importance of preparing the list and making the budget remains paramount.

Author bio Silvia Watson is a freelance content writer. She has written many good and informative articles on different categories such as technology, health, fashion, education, career, travel etc. She is a featured author at various authoritative blogs in the health and fitness industry and currently associated as a blogger

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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