It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and time for one of my most-reviled holiday traditions: Christmas shopping. Every year, my father and I set aside one cold December day and trek to Woodfield Mall for a several-hours-too-long spree of present shopping for my large family that feels like a scene from a zombie-apocalypse novella.
I’m no Scrooge and I don’t hate getting gifts for my loved ones, but there are some things that only happen during the holidays. You won’t spend two hours looking for a parking spot only to realize you’re still a mile away from the nearest entrance or battle huge crowds that cause the walkways to vibrate (seriously, it’s physics!) if you do your Christmas shopping as soon as International Talk Like a Pirate Day has come and gone.
Despite my reluctance to participate in a tradition that invariably brings on a minor panic attack, once again we will get every single present in one day. Here are a few tips to help you (and me) brave the holiday shopping:
- Get a double (or triple) shot of espresso before you brave the parking lot.
- Wear comfortable shoes to help you outrun the crowds.
- Shop online and find great deals from retailers like Bloomin’ Books.
- Get WhereYouShop Vouchers for places like The Cat’s Meow and let your friends and family pick their own gifts.
Good luck and I’ll see you out there!