3 Stress-Slaying Hacks for Last-Minute Gift Shopping

It’s the most stress-ridden holly jolly time of the year … especially if, like most men, you still have plenty of shopping to do before the big holiday. While the average Canadian plans on spending $600 on gifts, it’s not about how much the gifts cost. So, before you opt to fight to the death for that last parking spot at the mall, try our 3 easy hacks to stomach the line-ups and slay your holiday stress.

  • Get in and get out strategy: All those flashing lights and the stampede of shoppers can create chaos at the mall, so make a list and check it twice before leaving the house. Once you know what you need, you’ll be less tempted to sneak off to play Star Wars Battlefront at the nearest electronics store.
  • Bring headphones and dress for comfort: The only things worth standing in line for are beer and free food. Unfortunately, holiday gift shopping doesn’t usually include either. Before you dive into the consumer rush, put on comfortable clothes and upload a few of your favourite tunes for the inevitable check out wait.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Grab a bottle of water before you leave the house. Water will help you avoid a headache and having customer service reps run away from you because of bad breath caused by dehydration.

At the end of the day, holidays are about quality time with the people you love. So get the gifts bought and wrapped, saddle up around the Yule log and pour yourself a rum and low-fat eggnog. Well-deserved after a day at the mall, wouldn’t you say?


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