Thoughtful Holiday Shopping

 Productive people look for opportunities to do things intelligently, to a high degree of quality and while minimizing effort and expense.  Family Christmas shopping can be done productively, with a plan in mind, or it can be done haphazardly and with little forethought.  Productive shopping may require a little more advance planning, but the end result will be not only purchases that save you money, but also gifts that truly mean something to the recipient. 

Rather than simply spending hours trolling the mall this December, make a date with your family to thoughtfully plan your holiday gift purchases.  Spend time brainstorming your family list, including friends, teachers, coaches, clergy and others you would like to remember with a gift.  Remember that gifts do not need to be expensive to be meaningful.  Plan shopping trips that will maximize yield – purchasing intended items for intended recipients, not purchasing impulse items for yourself that look tempting due to discounted prices.  Avoid the temptation to go "off list".  Also, consider online shopping as an excellent productivity tool – bargains abound and free shipping is often a huge time savings tool to avoid those trips to the post office.


Lisa Hendey, Catholic wife and mom, is the founder and webmaster of and the author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul and The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul. Lisa writes for several online and print publications, enjoys speaking around the country and hosts the Catholic Moments Podcast. Visit her at

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  • Guest

    Hi Lisa,

    These are good suggestions. I actually finished my shopping yesterday – yeah! One thing I have found helpful is actually asking people what they would like. It may take away the element of surprise but I like giving gifts that I know the recipient will use and appreciate.


    Best wishes,




  • Guest

    God loves you .

    I give cash and the requirement of knowing what my money acquired.

    I HATE shopping – most of my ‘gifted’ like it. Let them do it.

    I do pick up ‘stocking stuffers’ – along the way in ‘necessary’ shopping – little surprises as ‘extras’ of love.

    BTW, of cash to younguns – I will match any part they bank-save until spring, and match again at the end of summer.

    Remember, I love you, too .

    In our delighted glory in our Infant King,

    Pristinus Sapienter

    (wljewell or …