As we head into the big power shopping season of the year, I thought it might be helpful to lay out some ideas to help you be a little more mindful when you head out to shop. It’s so easy to spend too much money or make less-than-stellar choices when you are unprepared and stressed out. Can you relate?
Follow these tips for a holiday gift buying experience you will enjoy and feel good about!
Make a list
Before you make a bee-line to the mall, make a list of your gift recipients and what you think they might like. Sounds simple, but most people don’t do it.
Don’t wait until the last minute to shop. Start now and feel good about getting it done!
Don’t shop when you are tired. It’s like grocery shopping when you are hungry. You make bad choices. Personally, I prefer to shop in the morning or early afternoon when my brain and body still have plenty of energy.
Focus on quality
Instead of a bunch of cheap gag gifts, look for one high quality item your friends or family will actually use.
Support a local business or artisan instead of the mega-mass-merchandiser. Besides, the gift selection is so much more unique at independently owned shops!
Instead of the latest video game, give a pair of tickets to a sporting event. Instead of a new knick-knack, how about a membership to a museum?
Beware window shopping
Some people can do it but if temptation is your middle name, stay away from those pretty window displays!
Do you have any tips for mindful shopping? How do you manage the holiday madness?