It's no secret that Holidays look different in 2020. Countless folks are making hard decisions to miss a year of family traditions; meaning no big dinners, no Uncle Bill's burnt ham, and minimal to no in-store gift hunting.
While this may seem like an introvert's dream, I'm going to be honest; it is also 5 times more stressful. While I Iove the luxury of staying home in my PJ's under a hand-knit blanket, I miss the experience of walking through Christmas lit plazas and seeing my Grand Elves giggling through stores and helping me find their parents presents.
I am officially feeling inspired to share my Home Holiday Shopping Hacks with you.
Let's get to it!
Put on Your Favorite Holiday (or not) Music
Either way, get yourself ready for a day of Christmas Shopping just like at the stores!
Get Yourself Dressed for Gift Hunting Success
The first secret is from my own book of working from home as an introvert and HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). Dress for success! This doesn't mean a power suit or tie, but daily wear beyond your bathrobe. Companies like Wall Street Journal support and suggest dressing up to work from home to promote routine and productivity.
I know, I personally feel much more inclined to work once I slip out of my sleepwear! So why not get dressed up for your annual present shopping, as well...after all, would you wear your favorite Sherpa slippers to the store?
PJ's, although immensely comfy, are meant for sleeping; by leaving the loungewear behind you are subtly reminding yourself to relax in PJ's instead of associate your favorite fleece bottoms with running errands. Trust me, your midnight anxiety brain will thank you for letting your PJ's remind you of sleep and not storefronts.
Maybe you had a tradition of dressing up with friends, family, (or your favorite in laws) in festive scarves or fancy boots; let's not let that tradition fade away. I know it's hard to feel the joy of Holidays this year, but experts from Healthline recommend keeping routines to boost positive morale and productive feelings. Your Holiday Shopping regimes are no different...let's just remember to do them as socially distant as possible.
Of course if you're a fellow fiber artist, your errand apparel is probably hand crafted and super cozy, so bonus points if you're Home Holiday Shopping outfit is cozy and functional!
So stop reading right now and go get dressed! I'll wait.
Are you wearing your Christmas Sweater? Did you brush your hair? Good! We're moving forward with our tips and tricks.
Continue Traditions with your Favorite Warm Beverage
I can't possibly imagine that I'm the only one who stops at my local coffee shop for a hot pumpkin spice latte so I can fill my belly with Christmas Spirit while perusing for presents. Even though I love the experience of stopping at Apple Knockers General Store,this post is all about creating your own experience from home. So let's get to our next step.
Now for making that perfect festive liquid fuel, if you're anything like me and live remotely then you may have already mastered the craft of the perfect cup of coffee from home. For those that haven't, here are a couple options! Depending on the length of your Naughty and Nice list you may want to jumpstart your day with instant coffee or bask in a pour over.
Many folks tend to have home coffee makers and if you're like our household and own a Keurig then you've probably tried an array of coffee pod flavors. I highly recommend Cameron's Kona Blend with a splash of half n' half, dash of vanilla, and pinch of