Holiday Tips for Less Stress, More Fun
Experts share their best advice on how to enjoy a stress-free holiday season.
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Santa's got his work cut out for him. But at least the jolly guy gets a list to work from. Sometimes you just don't know what to choose from the vast array of options, and that's when the insanity begins.
First things first, "be organized," gift guru Susan Hook says. "There is nothing worse than wandering aimlessly through the mall or perusing a website in the eleventh hour without a clue about what gifts you want to buy." Before you begin the hunt, sit down and make a list that includes who you're shopping for, what you think each might want, their interests and hobbies and stores you know they frequent, she adds.
If you're absolutely clueless, sift through holiday catalogs for creative ideas. Don't ignore the obvious. If you think a fitness buff wouldn't love a new exercise outfit or gadget, you're probably wrong. Music lover friends may not have the latest CD. For the person who volunteers his/her time to a specific charity, Hook suggests gifts that give back.
"Many companies are offering products where a portion of proceeds are donated to a charity," she says. "This is a great way to make your recipient feel even more special about the gift they receive."
But for gifts that can't miss, pick up fun, seasonal items that can be used during the festivities. "Holiday décor is a great way to go," Hook says. "Festive candles, a set of holiday-themed guest towels or monogrammed guest soaps make great hostess gifts. Also, consider a colorful set of tumblers for serving their special eggnog recipe or giving yummy gourmet treats that they can share with visitors."
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