Simplify Your Holiday Shopping

By Megan Morrow
Published December 4, 2019

As the holidays approach, you may already be feeling the stress of so much to do, so many places to be and so much to buy. However, the holidays should ultimately be about joy, connection, friends and family, and the sweet things in life –simplicity can make shopping easier, less expensive and more enjoyable.

If holiday shopping is weighing you down, these tips can make your to-do list a little shorter:

  • Give experiences rather than gifts. Most people do not need more “things” in their homes or lives. Instead, consider a play or movie tickets, museum passes, a restaurant gift certificate or another meaningful experience. You can still support a local business without having to lug home so many boxes and bags.
  • Shop online. Whether it is amazon.com or a local gift store, online shopping in the comfort of your pajamas is often easier than fighting the crowds. If you make all or most of your purchases from one or two sites, you will likely enjoy free shipping and the ease of having everything arrive at once – even better, have gifts shipped to the recipient’s address!
  • Set limits. Some families buy their kids “something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read” to prevent the creep of too many gifts at too steep a price. You can set a limit on number or price tag of gifts with family and friends so that you do not feel compelled to try to purchase the sun and the moon as well as the perfect present.
  • Donate to a good cause. If your family or group of friends and neighbors is growing and it is getting more difficult to find the right item for every single person, consider voting on a common donation instead. Pool your funds and give to a nonprofit that means something to everyone so that your dollars can make an impact into the future.
  • Divide and conquer. Who says you have to do everything yourself? Ask your partner, friends or kids to join in the fun, divide up your list and get together for a cup of hot chocolate at the end to celebrate.

December is also Safe Toys and Gifts Month; if you are purchasing gifts for babies, toddlers or kids, pay attention to age ranges, small pieces and the overall safety of the product.

While holiday shopping may never be the easiest item on your list, you can streamline and even enjoy the process more with a few simple strategies.

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The material presented here is for information purposes only and is not to be considered an offer to buy or sell any security. This report was prepared from sources believed to be reliable but it is not guaranteed as to accuracy and it is not a complete summary of statement of all available data. Information and opinions are current up to the date of publication and are subject to change without notice. The purchase and sale of securities should be conducted on an individual basis considering the risk tolerance and investment objective of each investor and with the advice and counsel of a professional advisor. The opinions expressed by Ms. Morrow are strictly her own and do not necessarily reflect those of Herbert J. Sims & Co., Inc. or their affiliates. This is not a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell any particular investment. All investment involves risk and may result in a loss of principal. Investors should carefully consider their own circumstances before making any investment decision.

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