Holiday Shopping Tips

By now even die hard procrastinators realize that they are going to have to go to the mall.  Here are some tips to ensure your comfort, convenience and safety while holiday shopping.


  • Wear comfortable walking boots or shoes.
  • Avoid heavy, long coats. Opt for lighter layers that can be removed if you feel tired and hot.
  • The clerks are overtired and overworked. You'll get better service if you smile at them!


  • Bring along the Santa wish lists, including everyone's size and colour preference.
  • A tiny address book makes a great place to note purchases.
  • Bring along a roomy tote or a fabric bundle buggy to make it easy to hold purchases.
  • Ask that gift receipts go into the bag along with each purchase so you'll remember to include it when you wrap the gift.
  • Keep an envelope in your purse to store receipts and keep track of purchases so you'll stay on budget. Don't overstuff your wallet with bills.


  • Make sure to retrieve your ATM or credit card after each purchase.
  • Keep track of your bundle of packages, your purse and wallet.
  • Ask if the mall has a service to check coats and packages.
  • If you must take packages out to the car, store them out of sight in the trunk, and for added security, move the car to a different parking space.  

Tackle it Now Day

Tackle it Now Day


Do you feel overwhelmed by obligations and priorities that never seem to end?

Are you bogged down by clutter and piles of paper?

Don't worry, everyone occasionally needs a push in the right direction.

Semi-annually, on the Sunday designated for the change to Daylight Savings Time, Havoc to Harmony will provide simple shortcuts to inspire you to tackle whatever action items that you've been procrastinating about.

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Hints for Handling Your Gift List

How do you handle your holiday wish lists? Sometimes the simplest hints are the best. For years I have been using the same easy to implement method.

  • I purchase the tiniest address book I can find and assign one page for each person on my guest list.
  • I record their sizes, colour and style preferences.
  • I include family members, friends, hairdresser and all service providers.
  • I keep the list inside my wallet so it can quickly and easily be updated.
  • Information for stocking gifts is also recorded.
  • I can frequently review what I have purchased to keep my budget on track.
  • As I wrap gifts I check them off!
  • If certain gifts need to be hidden I record where they were put.
  • I also list ideas and purchases of hostess gifts to keep on hand.

There are many benefits to this system. It is lightweight and portable, but most importantly since I keep the lists year after year, it helps me to prevent repeating gift ideas. Who wants to get a sweater or tie year after year?


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