How To Make Holiday Shopping More FUN

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I love Fall!

The most inspiring season of the year.

The leaves turn beautiful hues of oranges and red.

The air smells crisp. And the holiday season is just around the corner. The Pumpkin Spice latte tastes so smooth, sweet and creamy…

And there’s so many new styles out!

There’s so much fund to be had. Plus, honestly it’s never too early to start looking and thinking about gifts.

It’s so much fun. And I LOVE to keep up with the latest trends.

So that’s why we’ve dreamed up a few tips for you to make shopping more leisurely, fun and exciting this fall.

Now, you may be wondering why we aren’t talking about how to find deals or save money.

And that’s a fair question.

Our answer?

Because we’ve read so many blog posts out there that talk about exactly THAT.

We really didn’t have much else to say.

But thinking about how to make it more FUN? (Whether you spend money or not).  Now we’re talking!

So let’s get started!

Shop At The Fancy Malls

Ok, maybe the high end malls are within your budget. But maybe not? That’s ok.

It’s not about what you spend. It’s about the experience. And in my experience the fancy malls are way more fun.

First, there’s the shops themselves.

Usually higher end (duh). Even if you don’t actually buy anything there it’s fun to look around.

You might get some ideas too. You can always get an idea and take a picture and then later look for a deal elsewhere.

Here’s an idea:

Sometimes the super fancy department stores will have coffee or cookies around the holidays! I once stumbled on a Christmas cookie and got chocolate display in Nordstrom’s. It made for a really fun day!

Second, the food options are usually awesome. At my favorite mall there’s a super fresh place that does greek food. Fresh hummus. All you can request toppings. I don’t know about you but for me, having a really delicious lunch makes for a more fun day when I’m out shopping. 

Another reason I like to shop at the fancy malls?

It’s so I can:

Don’t limit yourself to the same stores!

It’s easy to get in a run year after year, especially with holiday shopping.

Maybe that happens to you?

Maybe not.

But for me, I know for more I have at least two or three family members I like to spend more on but get fewer gifts overall. 

And so I like to keep things fresh.

Mix it up. Get out of my routine. One obvious way to do this is just by going online. I like to look at the mall map at the fancy upscale malls in town.

Think about where you usually go to.

It’s not going to be as much fun as just another trip to Macy’s. Sometimes just being in a super chic store like Nordstrom’s will put me in a classy mind state even if I don’t buy anything. 

Yes, it can be challenging if you go to a high end store and there’s things you want but can’t afford – I don’t recommend that. And I don’t recommend torturing yourself psychology. So here’s what I do recommend:

Thinking outside your typical go toes when you’re shopping, as we all can get stuck in our ways. Challenge yourself to go somewhere that you wouldn’t usually go — and see what happens!

Ok!

Next on the list:

Bundle Theme Gifts

This is an idea I stumbled across a few years ago and super love it….

But first I want to talk about something related.

Holiday shopping already? You daring one! Maybe you’re just smart. If you are, consider buying gifts with a theme.

And by that I mean this: something to read, something to wear, something tech. Now, I don’t know about you, but for me there’s always at least two or three family members who I have a hard time shopping for. 

That’s what I like about this model. It simplifies the decision making process so I can focus on other tasks, like meal prep. And it makes the whole process more fun.

Book A Relaxing European Vacation (Or Beach Trip)

Ok this idea I actually swiped from some friends who always go to Europe around the holidays. Because who wouldn’t want to take a vacation for the holidays to Europe?

It’s just so perfect. The architecture. The Christmas markets. The specialty brewed seasonal drinks. And if you’re lucky everything might be covered in a beautiful blanket of snow!

And, even if you can’t actually go to Europe (this year), that’s not necessarily the main takeaway here.

What is it?

Well, let me explain. The main thing is that you should plan to DO something, trip or otherwise, with your family, that is outside the norm for your main seasonal activities.

On Pinterest there’s no shortage of posts about activities to do in various parts of the world. Because at the end of the day it’s really about doing everything you can to AVOID getting stuck in a holiday rut.

Because it’s so easy to…

Year after year. You see the same people. You shop for gifts for the same family members. You make the same meals.

So, this year, why not do something different for a change? Mix it up. Take a fresh approach. Perhaps even get outside your comfort zone? Whenever I do that, especially during the holidays, I always end up feeling less exhausted once it’s over. 

Do THIS Before You Shop

Make. A. Plan.

But planning isn’t fun…So what to do?

Well, notice what I didn’t say. I didn’t say make a boring plan! Spice it up. Live a little. Life is short!I mean don’t go crazy or anything…

So?

MAKE A FUN PLAN.

Remember the whole point of this is to have some fun! So do some things you don’t usually do when you’re out and about.

Have you noticed a theme with this post?

If you haven’t, here it is:

No matter where your usually routines take you this fall, make sure to think outside the box and get CREATIVE! Because life is short. And the holidays are too stressful not to!

You’ll thank us if you do.

And least of all don’t think for a moment that you don’t deserve it!

Because YOU DO.

Till next time!

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