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5 Steps to Avoid Holiday Stress

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“Are You One Christmas Card Away from a Yuletide Meltdown?”

It has happened again this year!

It’s now 18 days to Christmas…

And you haven’t any gifts, yet!

So…

You could recycle those weird paper-weight things you got last year at the office party.

You could risk life and limb and drive out to the mall to get a handful of gift cards for everyone.

Or you could try baking up some pumpkin bread again, except everyone still remembers the smoke alarm going off all night.

Nope. You’re going into panic mode.

Don’t freak out.

You’re not alone…

The holiday-gift-giving-panic, it can happen to the best of us.

We get caught up in the busy-ness of our daily lives and we start to lose track of time.

And then SNAP!… the holidays are here.

No matter how well we plan things, or how organized we try to be, anyone succumb to the Panic at once in during the holiday season.

Check out the five tips below for some quick holiday help…

 

 

How to Avoid Holiday Gift Giving Panic

Step oneCalm down. Take a couple of deep breathes and just relax. You still have 18 days so take a moment to sit and reflect on what your want to do. Concentrate on the very next step that you have to take — and then go out there and do it.

 

Step twoFocus on what is truly important.

The holidays should be a time that you come together with your friends, family and loved ones. Despite the commercialization of it all, you should never forget that the holidays are an opportunity to show those you love just how much you care about them.

Step threeKnow your personal shopping style. Are you an early gift giver who always, always has a shopping list? Or are you like a dash-in, buy it at the last minute type of person?

If you know that you prefer to have a shopping list in hand and checking it twice then you should always make sure that you have plenty of time for more leisurely outings.

On the other hand, if you are a last-minute shopper then don’t beat yourself up trying to make yourself a different kind of person. Just go with the flow.

Step FourUse your closeness to your advantage. Chose your gifts wisely by avoiding trends and fads.  Close relationships means usually mean shared experiences.  

Think back over the high points in your friendship or family relationship and use it to pick those handcrafted gifts that evoke warm memories or remind you both of inside jokes or mutual adventures.

Step five — Except your time limitations. Instead of going all over town trying to buy a ton of different gifts for a variety of people, keep your shopping to one central location if possible.

For example, we invite you to check out the Mountain Made holiday gift list — where you will find a wonderful variety of handcrafted gifts from the whimsical to the unique as well as uncommon collectibles.

Of course if you live nearby, you are always welcome to come by the gallery and check out our locally made arts and crafts for yourself. Directions to > Mountain Made, a downtown Asheville art gallery.

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