Making A List… Checking My WOW Guide Twice (#sponsored)

Canadian Tire WOW Guide 2016The holiday season is sneaking up on me and one thing is for certain, I have way too many people on my gift giving list. Surprisingly (or maybe not surprisingly) more than half of my list consists of children, teachers and child care workers. I’m actually not even mad about that considering what an amazing group of care givers and educators we’ve been blessed with for both kids.

What I dislike about the holiday season coming up is that I’m too busy to go shopping at a million different places this year, and I’m fast running out of time to order things online so that they get here on time. And by “on time” I mean early enough that I’m not freaking out because I ordered too late and now presents might not make it in time (I’m looking at you Christmas 2015).

Anyways, I’m writing all this to say that there are two things that are going to save me from spending time I don’t have wandering around a too-hot mall for presents. Winter catalogues and one-stop shopping.

Over the years I’ve discovered that because my kids aren’t bombarded with commercials on regular TV (thank you Treehouse and Netflix!), they have a very limited view of what kinds of things they can ask for as gifts. Even the preshus, who at 7 years of age you’d figure would be delighted when confronted with his yearly “let’s take your birthday money and go toy shopping” excursion, gets overwhelmed with all the options on the shelves. These days I’m getting smart. I’m collecting Christmas catalogues and flyers so that I can hand them to him and make him decide, in advance, what kinds of toys he’s going to put on his wish list. A side benefit of this will be that I’ll be able to check items off my list by browsing these same catalogues. Win-Win.

My time-saving measure this year will be one stop shopping at places like Canadian Tire where I can get decorations, kitchen supplies (since I’m down a few supplies from the last time I made a big family dinner*), toys and gifts for bunches of people all in one place in what I hope will be 1 or 2 hours of straight shopping-and-get-me-the-heck-out-of-here a few weekends from now. I’ll be a woman on a mission like they gave me a contest shopping cart and I have to fill it up as fast as possible to get everything for free, except it won’t be free.

So, to sum up, Step 1, browse catalogues, both paper and online. The Canadian Tire WOW Guide is a great place to start, they’ve got great gifts for everyone on my list.

Step 2. One-Stop-Shopping. Probably very early in December so that I can avoid all the last-minute shoppers who you just know are going to wait until the last possible second to finish their shopping since Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. You won’t catch me trying to shop during that last week. No ma’am.

*I can’t for the life of me find any of my 17 turkey basters.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by AOL & Canadian Tire’s Holiday WOW Guide. I was provided with compensation for this post, but as always, the opinions above are my own.

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