Helpful Tips to Successful Christmas Shopping With Kids

It is certainly true that shopping with kids can be difficult at times, it is also possible to have an effective, efficient and fun shopping expedition with children. It does take a little advanced planning and cooperation on the children’s’ behalf but it can be done.
This article will cover a few of the basic tips for having a successful Christmas shopping trip with kids. Some of these tips include ensuring the children are well rested, taking frequent breaks, incorporating activities appropriate for children into the adventure and being prepared for any situation.
Depending on the age of the children, it might be good to ensure the children are well rested at the start of the shopping trip and that the trip does not last so long that the child will be tired out before the end of the trip. This is very important especially in the case of young children who still take daily naps. If you plan on Christmas shopping with a child who still takes daily naps, it might be worthwhile to plan your shopping trip after the child’s nap. This will ensure the child has had sufficient rest and will not run out of energy or become cranky during the shopping trip as a result of exhaustion, It might be possible to plan a shopping trip for the time before a child’s nap.

It is also important to take frequent breaks when Christmas shopping with a child. This is important because children categorically have short attention spans and are not likely to be able to be able to shop for hours on end without short diversions. A few examples of breaks which may be appropriate may include stopping for a small snack, taking a lunch break or visiting a play area in the mall or shopping center. Each of these breaks will give the child an opportunity to enjoy a break from the monotony of shopping and will also help to distract the child if they become frustrated with the shopping.
Christmas shopping with children can also be made easier by incorporating activities appropriate for children into the schedule of the shopping trip. This may include visiting stores which may be of interest to the child. For example, a trip to a toy store or a store which offers the opportunity to test out gadgets might be interesting for a child. It might even be worthwhile to promise the child a small toy as a reward for cooperating during the trip, this will help to ensure the child behaves well for the majority of the trip. It will also help to make the remainder of the trip easier because the child will be interested in his new toy and get too distracted to complain about visiting more stores.😜😃
 
Finally, it is important to be prepared for a variety of situations when Christmas shopping with kids. If your children are not yet potty trained, be sure to bring a supply of diapers and a change of clothes. Bringing along small toys and snacks is also helpful. The toys can be used to distract the child while standing in lines. Snacks will be helpful if the child complains of hunger or as a distraction if the child starts to become bored with the shopping trip.

I hope you have learnt one or two things on how to keep your little one(s) sane while you shop all you want, it is always good to plan ahead. Planning daily is a huge part of how I get clarity around my long-term business goals. Need more clarity? To grab your free workbook (and other online business goodies) sign up below.

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15 Comments

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    tr3ndygirl fashion blog
    December 8, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    very cute pics, interesting post sweetie
    New post is up on my blog, take a look
    fashion blogger
    kiss

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    theSTYLetti dot-com
    December 8, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    What wise advice! With just a little prep and planning, it is totally doable to shop with kids. 🙂 I love those photos, by the way – adorable!! XO
    Janea
    http://www.theSTYLetti.com

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    Sauniya
    December 8, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I don't have any kids but these tips sound great. I'd try to remember them when I go shopping with a toddler.
    Have a great Friday Tessy 🙂
    xo
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

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    Gellie Abogado
    December 9, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Thanks for the tips! I used to go shopping with my family and they'd bring my little cousins along. It can be crazy and fun at the same time. Hope you're having an amazing day! 🙂

    xoxo,
    Gelleesh.com

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    Brenda's Couch
    December 9, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Nice write up Tess… I really understand the 3rd paragraph you wrote about kids having short attention span. In as much as they could exercise high energy, it doesn't take time for them to get dis-interested. The snacks must come in.

    http://www.Brendascouch.com

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    Elisabeth
    December 9, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I only shop online when my girl is napping since I had my baby girl. It gets too hot for her in stores, and I rather spend time with her doing other things than shopping. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and leaving me a kind comment!

    xxx
    E from Helsinki, Finland
    http://helsinkidragonfly.blogspot.fi/

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    Tiffany
    December 9, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Hi! it is definitely challenging to shop with children. Awesome tips! Have a blessed weekend

    Tiff
    http://www.dashoffashandfinance.com

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    Chanel From Je M'appelle
    December 9, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    This is great advice! I don't have kids but definitely helpful tips girl!

    Chanel | Je M’appelle Chanel

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    Kelsey & Kenecha
    December 10, 2016 at 12:43 am

    These are great tips! 🙂

    Florals&Smiles

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    Shireen L. Platt
    December 10, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    We have been doing most of our shopping through Amazon because we avoid the crazy last minute rush. You easily get everything through online these days and it's easier to buy stuff without kids.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    That New Dress
    December 11, 2016 at 2:42 am

    Such a great post hun xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

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    Gil Zetbase
    December 11, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Great tips!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase
    http://gilzetbase.com/

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    Toyas Tales
    December 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Great holiday shopping tips with the little ones in tow.
    LaToya
    http://www.toyastales.blogspot.com

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    Sophie Atieno
    December 11, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    These are such great tips showing that shopping with kids doesn't have to be a nightmare lol.
    sophieatieno.com

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    Emma
    January 10, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Great tips! These will work not only for holiday shopping but even during a quick run to the supermarket!

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