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I love the holidays!! I especially love shopping for those I love. If I could go in and out of the store in less than half an hour, I am golden! It would mean there are no excessive lines to wait in and simply that the store had what I went in for without any hitches.

Isn’t that what we are all looking for? A hassle free shopping experience. I was just in the mall a few weeks ago looking around, returning a gift I purchased as a wrong size. No worries. It was a gift for myself. Yes, I said it. A gift for myself. I love that every Christmas season you can find the cutest slippers around. I like to grab a new pair every year.

I’m almost borderline “cutesy” Christmas pajama family status. But, I haven’t done that just yet. I guess I haven’t found the right ones yet. Lol.

As I went into the store, I was reminded that I don’t have much time to do all my Christmas shopping for the family. I used that shopping experience to see what my kids wanted for Christmas. I know some items my children wanted, but I chose to leave it to my imagination and theirs this year. Why in the world did I do that?

Really, a busy mom of four, having time to use her imagination. Pressure. I always seem to want to out do myself every year. I’m trying to dial it down a bit. In thinking about dialing it down and what items they wanted, I came up with a sure-fire shopping guide for myself and figured I’d share it with you.

  • First, you have to decide on a budget for your gifts.
  • Second,  you have to see who all do you need to purchase a gift for.
  • Third, shop around your neighborhood stores to see who has the best deals.
  • Finally, get it done. Go out and do your shopping. Or better yet, if you can order it online with positively knowing it will be shipped to you in time. Go for it. Personally, I don’t like that option very much. I always find myself a little more stressed out waiting and wondering if I will have any shipping issues.

designThinking ahead to the things I need to do or purchase specifically helps me in tackling the holiday shopping extravaganza. Here is a small snapshot of a list I like to think of when purchasing anything for anyone. I have added some fun little sayings on my list for you. However, you of course will replace that with what you will actually be purchasing for your loved one. Have fun tackling your holiday shopping! I hope you will have a joyful shopping experience.

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