Are you ready for Christmas? Do you look forward to buying presents, or do you dread it? If you’re on the road, these 4 quick tips can help take the stress out of gift shopping.
1. Shop Online.
We love our families, and if you’re traveling, you may not have time to go to the store. Consider shopping online. Most corporate apartments include wi-fi, so you can buy for your loved ones from the comfort of your own living room. No need to wrap presents or fill out cards. All that is done for you when you order. Consider sending the website to your loved ones and asking them to pick out what they like, so you know you know what they want. At Amazon, your recipient can add items to their wishlist, then send the link to you. It couldn’t be simpler. Right?
2. Buy Gift Cards.
Gift cards are a great way to buy presents. Many financial institutions offer the cards in a variety of denominations for a small activation fee. If you don’t have time to stand in line at the bank, pick up some cards at Walmart or the grocery store when you are waiting to check out. With a gift card, your family can pick out what they want and do the shopping themselves.
3. Pay someone else to shop.
For professionals who want to ensure a more personal touch, consider paying a friend or family member to do your Christmas shopping for you. This is a great option when you live far from the people you want to give a gift to. For years, my sister in Washington paid my oldest daughters to shop for her, wrap the gifts and put them under the tree on her behalf. Imagine the joy on their siblings’ faces when they opened a gift they had been admiring for weeks in the store! You become the hero and everyone, including the shoppers, are happy.
4. Dedicate one weekend just to shopping.
If your staying in a furnished apartment away from home, you can use the weekend to pick up momentos and souvenirs that family members will remember for a long time. Purchase unusual items that are specific to the locale you are working in. In South Central Texas, you can find interesting salsas that travel well and are perfect for the person who loves hot food. It’s a great way to show you were thinking about your family and friends while you were gone.
Christmas shopping is easy to do with a little planning when you are traveling. These tips can get you started and help make the holiday season enjoyable. And when you have to live away from home, let us know how we can help you with a furnished apartment for your temporary home. Come home to Capri, your home away from home. Happy holidays!
Anna Scheller, CCHP