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Holiday Shopping

How do you like to shop?

Your choices include mail order and shopping online, as well as going out to the stores.

There is an upside and a downside to every choice we make.

We have literally millions of choices at our fingertips when shopping online, but we lack the ability to touch and see what we are getting. There are good deals to be had online. You can often find items discounted, and buy multiple of the same gift to give to different people. If you spend enough you often don't have to pay shipping. A popular and trusted all-purpose shopping site is Amazon.com
Be sure to give yourself enough time to allow for shipping and delays. I would recommend having all of your orders placed 2 weeks before you need your gifts. If you don't like something it can sometimes be confusing or difficult to return items, so be choosy about what you buy sight unseen.

You might consider local boutiques as a mall alternative. The small businesses always like your business. You can avoid the crush of people and get sales help and a smile when you need it. They often carry unique items not found in large stores. They can be known for being expensive, but really you can find things in all price ranges. Try not to complain to the sales people about prices,
the holidays are busy and we all need all the kindness we can get.

You may enjoy going to the mall to hear the music, see the decorations, and feel the energy of the season. However, you may find it very tedious or tiring to stand in long lines and make your way through crowded stores. There are ideas that can help.

Many people go to the mall. If possible, go first thing in the morning, as early in the season as possible. Pick a few favorite stores to start with. The mall generally opens 30 minutes before the stores, so get inside and beat the rush. Monday and Tuesday are generally lighter than the rest of the week.

Pacing yourself is part of self-care, and allows you to enjoy the process of holiday shopping...not just the results. By taking time to enjoy the in between times, we learn to savor our lives.

Next week: Holiday Gift Giving

Lisa Alishio, COTA/L

Clarity Home Consulting

Live Well in Your Home

posted on: 11/14/2007 12:30:00 PM by Lisa Alishio
category: Special Populations

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Lisa Alishio, COTA/L, is a professional organizer with a background in pediatric and adult occupational therapy. Her intention is to help people of all ages and abilities to "Live Well in their Home".

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