You’ve been putting off your gift shopping in the hope that the perfect window of time will materialize, devoid of crowds and your kids. But procrastination has left you with a long list of gifts to purchase. Sadly, it is now too late in the game to stroll through an empty mall with no one hanging on you.
Sure, you still have time to buy online, but you need to do some shopping in store. Holiday shopping with children in tow is not your preference, but it’s not such a bad thing to bring them along. Showing them how to shop for others is a teachable moment, so grab your list, pile the kids in the car, and head to the mall. And don’t forget to pack some snacks and Tickle Water for refreshment!
Once you’re there, tell them whom you need to buy for, share your gift ideas, and ask for their input. They will enjoy participating in the process. Buying for adults should be a breeze–beware the eye-level temptations at the end of the aisles–but buying for other children can be a challenge. Your kids will see lots of toys and clothes they want. Stay strong. This will be easier if you bring a notepad to let them write down their favorites along the way, or do it for them if they are not old enough. (A great way to get intel on what they really like.) Let them know that you will share the list with Santa, relatives, whomever. If they have siblings or friends to buy for, you can help them do that. Talk about price, sales and coupons while you’re at it. No harm in raising a smart shopper!
If make it without a meltdown—the kids, that is–remember to thank them and let them know how helpful they were. If you have time, do something fun, like a photo with Santa, looking at holiday decorations, or a stop for hot chocolate.
See, that wasn’t so bad!