Your Holiday Shopping Survival Guide

Giving gifts is one of the most anticipated holiday traditions. Buying the gifts… maybe not so much. With a little planning, you can make the entire holiday season more enjoyable. Read on to find out how you can get the perfect present for everyone on your list without losing your Christmas cheer in the process.

Make a game plan.

Productive holiday shopping begins with a plan. Before you step out of the house, map out each store you plan to visit, who you’re shopping for and what you plan to buy. To avoid overspending, taking the time to set your budget and find coupons/deals can really pay off.

Shop during low-traffic times.

Timing is everything when you’re hoping to avoid the chaos of holiday shopping. Instead of going on the weekends or right when you get off work, try to make your trips either in the mornings or after 7 p.m. If your work schedule isn’t as flexible and weekends are your only option, wake up early and get to the stores when they open to avoid the late sleepers.

Always say YES to free gift wrap.

If you’re offered free gift wrap – take it. The thought of wrapping all your presents at home with coordinating paper and ribbon sounds good, but it doesn’t seem so desirable when you spend two hours of your Christmas Eve chipping away at a mountain of unwrapped presents that you have been meaning to get to for weeks! In the spirit of keeping the holidays simple and stress-free, accept all the help you can get.

Remember the gift receipt.

Inevitably, you’ll buy that sweater in the wrong size/color or one of your gifts will be a duplicate. Just ask for a gift receipt to ensure they can swap it out for something they’ll really be able to use (just in case).

Don’t shop hungry.

Many of us have been taught growing up: “You don’t go to the grocery store on an empty stomach!” The same can be said for going out to shop for the holidays. Hangry holiday shoppers can ensure excessive amounts of impulse buys for food items – whether it is gifts for their family/friends or to tide them over until the next stop.

Don’t get stuck in holiday traffic with a growling stomach. If you forgot to fuel up before you left the house, make a pit stop at Lee’s. Whether you need a snack, full meal or a refreshing glass of iced tea, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken has everything you need!

Holiday shopping can be hectic, but with a little planning you can get the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Find a Lee’s near your shopping route so you know where to go when you need a pick-me-up to power you through the day!

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