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Last Minute Holiday Help

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Last Minute Holiday Help

(ARA)- While it seems that the Thanksgiving leftovers were just finished, the holiday season is here and that has many a yuletide procrastinator shaking in their snow boots. But they are not alone. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, last year 35 million people had not even begun their holiday shopping 10 days before Christmas.
"The holidays are an important time to recognize our relationships with friends and family and we do so by exchanging gifts and greetings, but the most essential tradition is just to spend time together," says Rochelle Lulow, holiday etiquette expert at American Greetings. "Even if you've waited until the last minute to tackle your to-do list, there are many things you can do to help get everything done, and to give you more time to spend with loved ones."
Lulow offers the following helpful tips to tackle that to-do list and get to the celebrating:
Make a list, check it twice:
While the sound of the holiday clock ticking adds a tremendous amount of pressure, take a few minutes to sit down and draw up a list with corresponding budget. It will save you time in the long run -- as you can consolidate your shopping trips -- to ensure that no one is forgotten.
Hold a quick brainstorming session:
Enlist the help of friends and family to find out what everyone on your list needs or wants. In their early bird aisle wandering, they may have already spotted the perfect item for you to pick up.
Escape the traffic:
Try shopping during extended hours, or, if you have the vacation time to spare, consider taking a weekday off in order to play catch-up.
Go online for speedy, yet personalized gifts:
Online photo personalization retailers such as PhotoWorks ( offer fast ways to create and ship custom holiday greeting cards, photo books and photo gifts that will be treasured for years to come. The bonus is that the Internet is open 24/7 and there are never any lines.
By all means, delegate:
Just because you've waited until the last minute does not absolve any immediate family members from having holiday duties. Try assigning some gift wrapping or the addressing of holiday greeting card envelopes to another family member.

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