"" The Exhausted Mom: Staying Sane While Holiday Shopping

November 7, 2011

Staying Sane While Holiday Shopping

OH MY GOODNESS!!  It's 48 days until Christmas!  I haven't started shopping and I haven't even begun to make my list.  What's a girl to do?  

I absolutely LOVE to shop!!!  This time of year is my favorite time because it's an excuse to shop and my husband can't say no!!

I follow a few simple steps in order to move sanely through the holiday shopping time:

1)  Make a list.  Oh yeah, the lover of lists has a HUGE list for my holiday shopping!  I start with my easiest recipients:  the kids.  They are easy because they will explicitly tell me what they want.

2)  Set a spending limit.  I try ("try" being the operative word) not to go over a certain price limit per person. 

3)  Online shopping.  For some of my shopping, I go online.  Especially for those people who are hard to buy for.  
See Tech Savvy Mama's 7 Tips for Safe Online Shopping

4)  Slowly but surely.  Oh yeah, it helps win the race.  I try to do a little bit each week.  This way I'm not stuck shopping at the last minute.  (Can't stand the crowds...)

5)  Buy myself a little something.  YES I DO!  Just a little something.  How can you be surrounded by so many new things and not?  

How do you stay sane while holiday shopping?



  1. These are great tips. I especially love #5 because I'm a firm believer in that too! And thanks so much for the link love!

  2. great list. i buy myself a gift too every year when i holiday shop...its usually clothes but it still makes me feel good. why not!

    although i need to be more organized with my shopping. i plan to do it early every year, but always am stuck running around 2 days before the holidays getting last minute stuff.


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