By Julie Jorgensen
Ohhhhhhkay, everyone take a deep breath. The holidays are upon us. But, contrary to popular belief, this time of year doesn’t necessarily have to equate to endless amounts of stress and running around to this place and that. Finding your “holiday zen” is indeed possible with a little bit of planning and a deep breath – or maybe several! Are y’all ready? Okay, here we go: rapid-fire tips and info that will hopefully make your holidays a little more beautiful.
Amazon Prime is your friend.
Oftentimes items can be delivered the same day, and you can find almost anything under the sun. Funny combos of items purchased can even make for witty cocktail-party banter. Real-world example: I recently purchased a book about yoga, my favorite lip gloss and a connection cable for my new Apple TV.
Sephora is always great for grab-and-go miniature sizes.
They are great sizes for your beauty faves and make delightful stocking stuffers. An awesome gift guide on the website allows you to organize by gift recipient, price point, and so forth. My go-to’s are the mini Becca Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter, little Evian face-mist atomizers (I can never have too many), and adorable “must-have” travel-sized makeup brush collections. Snag a few Shiseido eyelash curlers while you’re at it, and stuff stockings with the gift of a show-stopping set of lashes.
Don’t leave out our local boutique-owner friends.
A quick browse of your favorite shops on Instagram show that they’re lifesavers when it comes to tackling those gifts. Most will allow you to hold or purchase items on their respective feed by comment, direct message or a phone call, and will have them ready for pickup in a flash! Genius!
A little splurge for a loved one is never a bad idea, so hit your favorite med-spa or dermatologist’s office for “a little something” that will garner rave reviews. Havens of beautiful skin like Ren Dermatology, will fix you right up with a soothing moisturizer or – even better – a gift card for an amazing facial. Take a cue from yours truly and scoop up a HydraFacial gift certificate and a NeoCutis eye cream. Husbands and boyfriends, your significant others will all but DIE when they receive a gift firing on this level of fabulous.
Make sure we’re giving our girl-boss entrepreneur friends patronage as well!
Innovative companies like DoTerra, Rodan + Fields, Young Living, Advocare and Beautycounter empower women (and men), to bring wonderful products directly to consumers, and its respective consultants can be invaluable resources when it comes to assembling gift collections at any price point.
Make life a little easier by executing the bulk of your holiday gift shopping in a single day.
Try to go on a weekday if possible to minimize weekend traffic. Go by yourself armed with a plan, and stick to it. Have cash on hand for the mall valet, a motivating playlist downloaded, snacks in the car, whatever you think you’ll need to truly show that list exactly who’s in charge.
Are you running out of ideas?
Don’t sweat it. Gift cards are certainly a steadfast go-to, but what about a charitable donation in someone’s honor, or going shopping for an Angel Tree child with a friend who’s normally on your gift list? Opportunities to give kindness surround us this time of year, and doing something for someone in need can make a special memory that will last a lifetime.
Don’t neglect yourself this time of year (or any time, for that matter).
Take a walk, book a yoga class, plan a “well” day, anything that helps keep you centered and focused on the big picture amid the hustle of the holidays. Plan a date night with your sweetie and don’t let anything get in the way of it. Host a last-minute gathering of girlfriends for a quick glass of wine and a laugh about just how crazy this time of year can get. . . if y’all let it. But we know better. So, raise a glass to the holidays!