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Thursday, December 21, 2017

5 Last Minute Tips for Shopping and Having a Little Fun

A Merry Christmas Greeting and Red Snowflaked Wrapped Gifts.

Simplify Your Last Days Before the Holidays

Once again, the Christmas holiday is here – like now! I tell myself every year I’ll have everything done in record time; there won’t be any last-minute shopping and we’ll have time to enjoy the things going on around us.

We almost made it, we didn’t procrastinate, but life sometimes gets in the way and I do have some last-minute things to do. I’m not going into panic mode though, the majority of what I have to do is done, I still have a few days and so do you.

Did you know that over 70 percent of adult’s shop for Christmas gifts right up to the day? Whatever the reason, you’re not alone.

Here’s some of my last-minute ideas for shopping and to get out and have a little fun.

Get Online to Finish Your Shopping

If you don’t want to join the scores of shoppers at the mall, which I don’t blame you, turn on the computer and do some online shopping. Retailers know there are thousands of last minute shoppers and most guarantee delivery if you can get your orders in a few days before Christmas.

Give the Gift of a Gift Card

You can’t go wrong with a gift card and don’t let yourself think it’s an impersonal gift either. Young kids who are old enough to shop love the idea of spending their own money (even if it is in the form of a plastic card). Older teens and young adults will probably love a gift of dinner, a movie and a cup of coffee afterwards.

And don’t forget all the department stores, I don’t even bother anymore with buying clothes for the older kids – one-day fashions “in” – the next it’s out. So, there’s a gift card for that!


How many times have you received a gift that was never opened and is just taking up space in the closet? It happens more often than you might think. So why not regift it to someone else? After all, it’s the thought that counts, not how much you spent.

If it’s still in the box, undamaged and you know someone who would love it – clean off the dust and wrap it – spread the joy.

Very important: just be sure you’re not regifting to the person who gave it to you.

Get Out and Enjoy the Holiday Lights

Don’t be a scrooge. Pack up the kids, make hot cocoa and put it in to-go cups, then take a drive around town to enjoy all the Christmas lights. Some people (and neighborhoods) go all out decorating the house and yard.

You might even be able to make a donation or two. There are a couple of families in one of the neighborhoods we visit - they sell baked goods, handmade stocking stuffers and small trinkets. All the proceeds are donated to local children’s hospitals or low income senior facilities.

If you have a zoo nearby, oftentimes they will be decorated in lights and have displays to enjoy while you walk around all bundled up looking at the animals.

Take a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

Not only can you get out and enjoy the lights but some cities have a holiday tradition for locals and guests alike, a cozy horse drawn carriage ride. What a perfect way to unwind and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and lights of Christmas at a leisurely pace.

A carriage ride will delight that special someone and kids will be sure to enjoy it too.

These are just 5 of my last minute tips to shop and enjoy the things around you. Happy Holidays to you all.

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