Life & Style
Stress With Shopping For Gifts
By LaDale Anderson
Dec 2, 2012 - 7:58:28 PM

UNITED STATES—Some people tend to think that the holiday season is one of the most joyous times of year, and for the most part it is.  But shopping for gifts can be one of the most stressful tasks for most Americans.  Is it the amount that we spend?  Is it the gift that we pick? Or perhaps it’s not having an idea of what to get for that one picky person who is so difficult to please.  



I love Christmas!  Its one of my favorite holidays because I’m a giver at heart; truth be told, I think that holds true for all Aquarians.  We love to give and we do so with open hearts expecting nothing in return, but there are always those family members that turn gift giving into a headache.  The biggest reason is not matter how big or expensive the gift is some people are difficult to please.  Trust me I know the feeling; that particularly applies to adults.  Sometimes money is a great gift, other times jewelry or even gift cards. 


I enjoy purchasing gifts for my nieces and nephews especially the younger ones because they could care less about what they receive they’re just happy to receive something at all.  The older they get, the more challenging that task becomes.  You might purchase clothing that they feel is not up to par on the fashion front or you give them something that does not please their inner thoughts.  Ok, you’re not happy with the gift; guess what you get nothing next year!  Sometimes to send a message to the hard to please person is to get them nothing at all.  By doing so they appreciate what you did in the past. The key to shopping for gifts around the holidays is to have a plan. 


Make a list of the people who you have to purchase gifts for.  Second have an idea of the item or types of items on your buying list.  Third, it’s okay to take a break. Shopping for the right gift can be exhausting because sometimes you may not find what you’re looking for.  So take a snack break, grab a bite to eat or buy yourself something.  It could lift your spirits and re-fuel your energy to finish your agenda.


The key is not to look at shopping as a challenge, look at it as a fun activity; with your goal to put a smile on someone’s face.  It’s not always the price or the size of the gift that matters; it’s usually the thought that goes into the gift that ultimately reigns supreme.

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