The holiday season brings the season of gift giving and what makes shopping during this time such a joy are the many great deals that await savvy shoppers.
Many shoppers would still go for the traditional way of shopping (that is going to malls and local stores instead of shopping online) in the spirit of the holiday season.
To get you started, search the internet for links to top local malls to get a glimpse of what promotions their various shops are offering and to get information on concierge and parking services.
Knowing such information would help you in deciding which shopping malls and stores to hit first to get a grab on sale, discounted or closeout items that you are mainly looking for.
Your local newspaper would also contain advertisements of the various promotional deals being offered by local shops and stores inside malls.
Shopping during the holidays would mean crowded malls and parking spaces so it is advised that you dress comfortably and leave unnecessary items at home that could be in the way when you shop.
Avoid bringing bulky bags or purses so that you could carry more packages. You don’t want to weigh yourself with so many bags so you might as well be making several trips to your car to leave some of the shopped items.
Get a first-hand look at some of the hot holiday offerings by calling ahead of time and having a salesperson set them aside for you if it is okay with the store.
Who says you can’t shop like a celebrity? Many people will scour the stores during the holiday season, and you wouldn’t want to be left with products and items that many people have gone through already.
Many of the good finds would no longer be available.
Shop smart and bring a list especially if you have limited time. Having a file and the store from which you are supposed to buy the gift item from would speed things up.
It is also best to avoid the busiest shopping times which are usually between noon and 6 p.m.
Keep your eyes alert for deals for many of the stores run sales, specials, and discounts during this time of the year.
It’s the season to be joyous so don’t let your temper get in the way. It is important that you are patient and kind to everybody.
Family Holidays: Tips for Peace and Harmony
What do you like to do on family holidays? Go to the beach or spend a week in the country? Maybe you like camping or visiting relatives.
Whatever you enjoy, family holidays are a chance for everyone in the family to get reacquainted and spend quality time together. It’s a chance for parents to talk with their teens and find out what’s going on in their lives.
It’s important to keep the communication lines open, and a family holiday is a good time to do that. Having a good relationship with their parents is one of the most important factors in keeping teens out of trouble.
Studies have shown that when families take holidays together, they are more likely to eat together and are less likely to argue. They do not watch as much television because they are involved in doing things together.
Kids even report that their parents seem to act differently while on holiday.
While family holidays are a good time to connect with your kids, communication problems that are already there will not automatically disappear.
Especially with teenagers, it is essential to listen and be flexible. Find out what the kids would like to do and eat and plan accordingly. While even teenagers need boundaries, it is essential for parents to try to avoid needless confrontation.
Explain why you make the decisions you do and show them positive attention.
Kids will appreciate being included in travel plans. There’s a good chance they will choose a theme park or the beach if those are among the options. Sometimes it works well for a teenager to take a special friend along on family holidays.
While this might increase the parents’ load, the teen is likely to appreciate it. Also, sometimes it works well for kids to go on holidays with their grandparents instead of their parents.
Sometimes there is a special relationship here that can help kids open up and communicate about their concerns.
While on family holidays, if teens are uncooperative or misbehave, try to deal with the problem in private. Teens are very aware of embarrassment, and it is needlessly mean to exploit this sensitivity.
You might explain to the kids how their behavior embarrasses you, and they, in turn, might work harder at getting along and acting appropriately.
Kids will be happier on family vacations if they have snacks, drinks, and entertainment.
Few kids enjoy a long ride in the car! Try to provide individual CD players or hand-held video games, and don’t forget to take plenty of bathroom stops.
Sometimes kids enjoy the ride more if they can help you follow the map. This is an educational activity for them as well. By following these suggestions, your family holidays can make a happy memory.