With the holidays fast approaching, we all know how stressful shopping can be. Between crowded parking lots, long lines and overwhelming sales promotions, its easy to get frustrated and forget what that holidays truly mean to us. Here are a few tips to help you cut out the stress and time spent shopping, so you can focus on your family and friends!


1. Make a list (and check it twice!)

Know who you are wanting to buy for and include ideas for each on your list! This will give you a better idea of where you need to shop and will help you from having to visit a store twice. 

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2. Do your homework

Ask for ideas from those closest to the people you are shopping for. This way you can have confidence in what you are looking for. If you are unsure of an item, make use of that world wide web! You can compare prices and models to help narrow down your search before you head out to the store.

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3. Shop online

Rather than just doing your research online, shop online! There are tons of sales you can find all from the comfort of your home. This will keep you away from the crazy malls and parking lots to help reduce any stress you might be walking into. BONUS: save money by skipping on the shipping!



4. Quality over quantity

Bigger doesn't always mean better. When it comes to many things, quality can out way quantity. Instead of purchasing multiple "filler" gifts, put that extra budget into a gift that may have a longer life due to higher quality.

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5. Shop local 

By shopping local you will be helping small businesses thrive in your community as well as you will again be avoiding those highly congested malls. Its a win/win!



6. DIY

Everyone loves a good homemade gift! This isn't just for the kids, anyone can put their creative talents to use for the holidays. If you need some inspiration, check out Pinterest or a craft magazine.

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7. When in doubt, give a gift card

You may be the shopper who loves to give gift cards or you may not. But keep in mind most people love to receive them! This ensures they receive a gift you know they love and it alleviates your holiday stress. Simons Shoes even offers gift cards for your loved ones. Shop these HERE!


Happy shopping!