N is for Navigating Holiday Shopping Stress this Season

N is for Navigating Holiday Shopping Stress this Season

This year, holiday shopping and celebrating decisions may seem extra stressful. Many of us are facing difficult financial circumstances and holiday celebrations that look entirely different than years past. 

With our new normal changing daily, it can be challenging to navigate a unique holiday celebration. Yet, it is times like these that everyone in our lives could use a little extra holiday cheer.

So how do we navigate this extra stressful holiday shopping season?


Stay within your budget.

This is important every year, and this year is no different. Create a budget and stick to it! This will help not just your finances but your peace of mind. It will also help family members who may be on a stricter budget than you feel as if they aren’t under giving this year.

Give with thoughtfulness.


Before you buy a bunch of stuff for your loved ones, ask if they really need it? Maybe they’ve picked up a new quarantine activity, and you can gift with that in mind, rather than purchasing a new sweater. Or perhaps a National or State Parks pass for the travel junkie in your life. This is a gift that keeps giving. Choosing thoughtful gifts you know your family will appreciate can go a long way.

Shop Local.

Spread holiday cheer by supporting local businesses! Try to take advantage of any sales a local favorite shop may have or explore one you’ve always wanted to poke around in. Don’t forget to wear a mask.

Shop Online.


If there was ever a time to take advantage of the technology we have, now is the time. Reduce time spent in crowded places by doing the same shopping from the comfort of your own home. The great thing about the internet is that it’s not just the big companies that offer their products online anymore. Small and local businesses have online shops as well.

Stay Safe!

With everything that is happening, make sure to stay safe this year. Avoid crowded places. Don’t shop if you’re feeling sick. Drop off holiday treats and gifts rather than exchanging them in person. 

Even if things feel a little more stressful this year, sticking to these holiday shopping tips should help ease your holiday stress. And don’t worry if things aren’t going the way you want them to this year. The Holidays will be here next year!

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