Saturday, 13 December 2014

Deal with Things that Tend to Happen When Christmas Shopping

Tips for that annual venture.

Most people Christmas shop a couple of days before Christmas, at least I do anyways (I cannot not procrastinate). I've noticed that similar things seem to occur each year when going out on this last minute Christmas gift hunt, and wanted to share them with you, as well as some tips to deal with the not-so-fun parts of this annual trip. 

The Mall parking lot has become a "locate the empty parking spot" game. With the jackpot being the ability to get out of your car.

Yup. This may be creepy, but sometimes I follow random people who are walking to their car and wait for them to leave. So yea. Another option is just to park further from the store, as there is usually room at the very back of the parking lot.

"One for me, One for you", is basically the rule that you arbitrarily follow when buying gifts, leading to a happy you but an unhappy wallet/bank account.(whaaa? noo *nervous glance*)

I'm sometimes guilty of treating myself more than i should, but I think planning ahead/online research/budgeting is the best way to make sure you get something for everyone on your list, as well as a little something something for yourself :) It also makes the trip much faster if you have a plan.

You walk right out of a store 2 seconds after going in because the line for the register has divided the store into two halves.

If you know that a store will be crowded, sometimes its best to just skip the trip and shop online, and you also get shipped a nice little box to wrap with! 

You give up on getting a cup of coffee/tea as it would be faster to go home, make it and come back than wait in line for a decaf (this might be an exaggeration but you know what I mean).

This happens alot around the christmas season, when the food court is just packed. Save yourself 20 minutes of waiting around and just bring some snacks and drinks along, this is probably cheaper too, which means you have more money for that something something for yourself! 

You've been walking around for a while now, and your feet kill. just absolutely kill. 

I like to wear super comfy shoes on any shopping trip, and its mainly for this reason. Wearing the wrong shoes will make you feet super sore and will ultimately cut a shopping trip short. Moral of the story, leave the heels at home! Dr. Scholls are also a good idea there by the way.

The dozens of gift wrap choices are really starting to stress you out and you take 30 minutes deciding which ones you like best.

I think this just happens, at least it does sometimes to me. I dont really have much advice for this one other than just pick one randomly?? I dont know but if you get to the point where you just cannot stand anything to do with wrapping, gift bags all the way right?

You're not exactly sure if your friend will like this necklace, but she might thank you for getting her something that she would never have on her own, right?

Gift Receipt is alI i have to say. Check the return policy, and tuck the gift receipt in just in case for gifts you are not sure about.

You're done! You walk back to the parking lot, and the game has now changed to "Dude, where's my car?"

Take note of your car parking lot section before you leave!

OK. You have everybody's presents, you are almost home when you realize you forgot your sister's (insert present here). Next time, next time.

Making a list of everybody you need to buy for is great, and saves second trips :)

I hope your Holiday Shopping goes just a bit more smoothly with these tips (tell me about your past shopping experiences in the comments below!), and kudos to you if you are already done (and are reading this). Merry Christmas everyone!

- Genevieve


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  1. Haha, great post and I can relate to a lot of this! I can never find the car after I've been shopping and my feet always end up hurting! I get so tired easily! I always do my Christmas shopping super early though. x x

    1. Thank you! I always make a plan to shop early, but then it just doesnt work out lol :)

  2. Cute tips! food courts are super heavily crowded, good tip to bring snacks ^__^

    (IG: @TheStardustBohemian)

  3. Haha, that's so true and a fun read too! In Russia the craze is starting after christmas around 29, 30, 31st of December when the queues in the stores are wheeeeeeeesh, really long. But all of the above is pretty much true. I end up looking for stuff when I least expect it so usually my feet are killing me just as my back is since I have a weird tendency to carry around me lots of stuff, like the Ipad. And it's not the air one, sadly. :D

    1. Aww thats so sweet, haha we get lots of boxing day shoppers too, you can't even tell the difference between the changeroom and cashier lines sometimes because they overlap lol i hope you get the ipad air soon (for christmas?)

  4. This post is so clever! I loved reading it. I followed you, hope you want to follow back :)

    Nathalie | THE COVETING

  5. Great tips! And nice blog..would you like to follow each other on gfc? Please let me know on my blog or follow me and i will follow you back:)

  6. Haha! Fun read and a lot of truth (I can relate to the parking episodes finding a spot and then finding the car!)


    1. Oh my gosh for me finding a parking spot is always so difficult!

  7. Great post I can relate to most of these things haha! I just finished shopping for my siblings online today and the estimated delivery date is, at the latest, Christmas Eve. I do this every single year, last year was exactly the same! I'm just not organised enough for buying presents!

    1. Aww thank you! I think i should start christmas shopping online, probably saves alot of trouble haha

  8. I'm with you having aching feet when Christmas shopping! This post made me laugh various times and I'll be experiencing most of them when Christmas shopping in London tomorrow.. oh the things we do for loved ones! ;)


    1. Haha definitely all worth it on Christmas morning though, hope you have fun :)

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