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Holiday shopping with less stress? Yes, it is possible!

I made a strict promise to myself this year to avoid being stressed about shopping for Christmas this year. 

Each year my partner and I sit down to dinner right after Thanksgiving and make a list. We attach a dollar amount to each gift with an idea (if we have one) and who is paying for what.

This allows me to get shopping early so the things I am after do not sell out. It was crazy this year as the pandemic has sent so many shoppers to online shopping. Oprah’s Favorite Things list got crushed the minute it was released!

As always I want to shop local if I can. But online shopping is so easy and safe. So, I’m trying to choose local businesses that have online buying or curbside pick-up options. a great source was This is an online collection of local businesses offering great gift ideas. Some of them are very unique.

Lastly, I try to wrap as I receive the gifts I have bought. This saves on experiencing that last minute wrapping frenzy. Also it makes for a pretty presentation under the tree as Christmas day approaches.

So, get shopping local NOW, wrap right away, and enjoy!

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