The Added Stress to pre-Christmas Preparations
Christmas shopping has taken on a new focus this year. Normally the shops are packed leading up to the big day but this year the pandemic has added a level of anxiety to this already stressful period. Now we have social distancing to consider, with limits to the number of shoppers allowed in at one time. Christmas shopping during a pandemic is even more stressful than it normally is.
Many people aim to avoid the shops for fear of getting sick, especially if they are in a high risk category. Online shopping is a growing sector of the market as shoppers strive to avoid the crowds. It is best to purchase as early as possible because delivery may be delayed due to demand this year.
Christmas Shopping During a Pandemic Is Stressful
Personally I find Christmas shopping to be very stressful at the best of times. The noise level gets on my nerves, with annoying sound tracks (never the nice versions of favourite Christmas carols) competing with screaming kids. The pressure to buy the perfect gift is very high. I had a full blown panic attack in the toy aisle one year.
Over the years my Christmas list has become shorter and shorter as the kids grow up and the adults agree to not buy presents for each other. I try to do my Christmas shopping very early in the year to avoid the rush. Most of my presents are purchased through online shopping this year. Online shopping is my answer to avoiding the crowds and lower my stress levels. This post aims to introduce a few unique online sources of gifts.
Avoiding the Crowds with Online Shopping
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There are always a few people that are hard to buy for. They’re the ones who are picky, or they have everything. We’ve resorted to buying gift vouchers in the past but I definitely prefer to buy something meaningful.
If you are scratching your head trying to find a unique present, take a look at the Gifts Australia website. They have some wonderful gifts on their site. You can search for presents according to who will be the recipient, the price range and the occasion. They offer free delivery over $99 within Australia, free gift wrapping and a gift card. I love their hampers as they are full of quality goods and beautifully presented.
The Well Store
If someone on your list is health conscious, or vegan, or loves environmentally friendly products, have a look at The Well Store. Their range is extensive so you are sure to find a unique gift. Many people are making these lifestyle choices so buying them a thoughtful gift will be much appreciated. All of the products sold by The Well Store are non-toxic, natural, organic and cruelty free. The Well Store offers free delivery within Australia for purchases over $30, and Internationally for purchases over $50.
HideAWAY Bath and Body
Beautiful skin care, body and bath products can be purchased for someone special at HideAWAY. This is a local company who handcraft their skin care range from locally sourced natural ingredients. With names like Black Sugar, Frangipani Dream and Fantasea, their unique fragrances are very enticing. A lovely gift from their range would be perfect for someone who appreciates prioritising time for self care. HideAWAY offers free shipping for purchases over $120.
If you live further afield, you may prefer to do your online shopping from Amazon. Amazon’s website showcases gift ideas for all price ranges and gift categories. I’m waiting impatiently for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales to complete my Christmas shopping for the year. Black Friday is November 27 while Cyber Monday is 30 November. These sales are eagerly anticipated as the discounts are huge.
More Ideas to Help With Your Christmas Shopping
I have written two previous articles which you may like to read: Gifts that Inspire a Healthy Lifestyle and Gift Guide for the Older Gentleman in Your Life. I also have a free eBook “Survival Guide for the Holiday Season”. It helps you reduce your stress and keep on track with your healthy lifestyle during this busy season. Christmas shopping during a pandemic doesn’t need to leave you stressed and run down.
How about you – do you love Christmas shopping or does it stress you out? Are you someone who buys everything early, or do you leave it til the last minute? I’d love to read your thoughts on this.
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11 responses to “Christmas Shopping During a Pandemic”
Love these ideas . Hope everyone enjoy their Christmas especially during these times .
Thank you so much for your feedback Keena. I hope you enjoy your Christmas as well,
I agree with the online shopping. This is how I have been doing my shopping this year. Kinda depressing cause I love the indoor shopping. Stay safe.
Hi Melanie, it definitely has taken on a different view this year. If you love traditional shopping then it will be hard. Everyone I know is getting into the Christmas spirit early this year, by decorating our homes and planning Christmas celebrations. Maybe that would help. Thanks for commenting, regards Christina
Hi Christina – I think online gift buying is going to be the way I do the majority of my shopping these days – it’s so much easier to do the research, compare prices, and check reviews – rather than running around everywhere trying to find what I want – and the shelves in the shops are looking a bit bare with covid slowing re-stocking, at least you know it’s available if it’s online.
Hi Leanne, yes I agree. The trouble in Qld is we’ve gotten very slack with social distancing because we haven’t had any cases here in great numbers. It’s still a risk so I’d rather do my shopping online to avoid the crowds. Thanks so much for your feedback, regards Christina
Christmas shopping is always stressful, let alone at the moment. I’m lucky as I don’t have a lot of presents to buy but I usually like to shop online anyway as I hate shopping. (For me or others!)
Hi Deborah, yes I agree – online shopping can relieve some of the burden at Christmas. Thank you for your comment, regards Christina
I’m with you Christina, this year particularly I can’t get excited about going out shopping in stores, so online it is for me! You’ve given some great ideas in your post, so many thanks. Take care #lifethisweek
Hi Debbie, I’m so glad I could help. It’s already so busy in the shops so I’m glad I am organised this year. Thanks for your comment, regards Christina
I can see your words have been a great help to those who have commented Christina. We no longer do Christmas gifts in the family. In fact, not even for the grandkids any more because it was agreed by their parents that some cash for them to be spent after Christmas was a better plan. However, back in my full-on Grandma years I LOVED it.
Thank you so much for linking up this week for #lifethisweek. We are nearly at the end of 2020 and only a few optional prompts left! Next week is 49/51 Lucky 7.12.2020. Hope to see you there. Denyse.