Halloween is the crest of the fall calendar roller coaster. Once the Halloween candy wrappers have been stashed, the holiday full court press begins. It’s the blinding calendar dive from October to January 1. Cue the school parties, teacher gifts, Thanksgiving plays, recitals, & the like. I haven’t heard a Christmas carol yet but my suspicions on the start of holiday shopping were confirmed last week during some errands. The evidence:
Post Halloween also means gearing up for Black Friday & Cyber Monday. Big sales = crowds. I don’t do well in crowds. To help stomach the gift blitz, I’m going to share some holiday power secrets to make you unflappable this season:
Tip #1: Make a list. Plan it and you’ll spend less & feel in control. Like grocery shopping
when you are hungry – don’t go in unprepared.
Tip #2: Buy hip pocket gifts. Not pants, but go-to gifts without a recipient in mind. These are your emergency stash when you have forgotten the dog walker, Sunday School teacher, or soccer coach. Or worse, when someone surprises you with a gift you weren’t prepared for. Having a secret stash will make you a seasonal superhero. Don’t just nod – DO IT.
Tip #3: Give consumable. High quality food, bath & body, notecards, wine, coffee, candles… Stuff they will use up. No sizes, no colors, etc. Plus if it’s a hostess gift, they might just turn around and share the gift with you!
Tip #4: Buy local. This ensures your gift will be one of a kind, unduplicated, and have a feel for home. Not to mention that your dollars stay in your community.
So skip the herds this year and shop close to home with Local Saturday (day after Black Friday), & the plentiful local craft fairs. This is your ticket for finding gifts (& keeps) by local artisans with really unique stuff that doesn’t need a gift receipt.
We’ll be at several craft shows this fall with new products & the return of our super cute gift bags. [I will post the schedule as I get confirmations from the organizers, but the best way to stay current on where we’ll be is to follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram. This is also where we leak new products. Plus I usually offer discounts or gifts to followers who visit us at these events!)]
This Saturday from 9am-3pm we’ll be at the MCHS Winter Wonders Craft Fair. Come browse some great local vendors and get started on your list. Replace those Halloween candy wrappers with some productive power shopping and enjoy the seasonal ride!