For those who, like me, scramble
at the last minute to gather presents and scribble notes on
cards and mail them, here’s a tip list that may make
the crunch time before Christmas a bit more manageable.
* Start a list of people for whom you will buy gifts. Start it
today, add to it as needed in the weeks before you start to
*Shop online to avoid the crowds and long
lines. Some Web sites currently offer free shipping on minimum
purchases, and they’ll
send the gifts directly to the recipients. (Some will gift
wrap for an additional charge.)
If you must go to the mall, most have holiday hours and some
offer valet parking for a couple of dollars. Cheap for the
time saved not circling the parking lot.
If people on your list are hard to shop for, purchase gift
cards or certificates for their favorite store or restaurant.
don’t have to wrap anything!)
If you are looking for something special, shop the craft fairs
that pop up around holiday season, or visit the Swap
* Food gifts are certain to be popular: Chex mix, cookies, cakes,
and other culinary creations will satisfy most taste
*If the deadline to mail Christmas cards
to ensure Christmas delivery has past, e-mail one instead.
Some Web sites
offer a limited
selection of free holiday cards. (You can save on
the cost of the card and postage too.)
These are just a few tips to help take the stress out
of Christmas so that you can enjoy spending time
during the holiday season. Good luck and happy