Malls are a popular choice for holiday shopping. The only problem is that the typical mall can be quite stressful during the holiday season. Not only are there huge crowds, but popular items can also be hard to find. If you plan on visiting the mall this holiday season, there are some tips you can follow to cut the stress. Best of all, you might even enjoy the experience this year.
Have a Plan
Not only do you need a shopping list, but you also want to have a store in mind for each item. Also, it helps to know where each store is. That way, you don’t end up running back and forth. Plan out which entrance you want to park at and then decide which stores to hit based on how the mall is laid out. Line your shopping list up with the stores and you’ll be able to check the items off as you go.
Choose a Weekday to Do Your Shopping
Most people choose to do their holiday shopping on the weekends. Shopping during the week means you’ll get a better parking spot, not have to deal with crowds and can actually take your time shopping. When malls aren’t as crowded, you can actually focus on and enjoy your shopping experience. If you want the best shopping experience, choose a day between Tuesday and Thursday. Most people won’t take these days off, but may take Monday or Friday off to extend their weekend.
Even if you have to shop on the weekend, starting your shopping early in the day can help you avoid the crowds. Most people don’t want to get up early and head to the mall. Starting your shopping trip early also has it’s advantages. You’ll score a great parking spot, have extra time to shop and still get done in time to enjoy the rest of your day and evening.
Take Time to Treat Yourself
During the middle of your shopping trip, hit the mall food court and indulge in a holiday treat. Taking the time to have a mug of cocoa and a couple cookies is a great way to reduce stress before tackling the rest of your list. Best of all, you don’t have to feel guilty about it because you’ll be walking off those extra calories. If you still think you’ll feel guilty, treat yourself at the end of your trip by purchasing a small gift for yourself.
Have a Backup Plan
At the end of the day, there’s a chance you may not have found everything you hoped to purchase. Each year, there are popular gifts that can be hard to find in stores. Don’t let this stress you out. Instead, check online stores to see which ones have those items. That way, if you don’t find the gift at your local mall, you’ll still be able to purchase it.
No one ever said you had to purchase everything in the mall. A great way to beat the stress is to purchase as much as possible online. There are some tips you want to keep in mind. First of all, make sure you can return gifts you aren’t happy with. Second, consider shopping with companies that are already in your area. This makes it easy to return items and can save on shipping. You may even want to have items delivered to the stores and pick them up while doing your mall shopping.