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The Most Stressful Things About Christmas: Finding the “Perfect” Gift and Getting “Out-Gifted” by Someone

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61% of Americans are trying to “out-gift” someone this Christmas, and it’s one of the ten most stressful parts of holiday shopping.  The top stressors are trying to find the “perfect” gift, and searching for something that’s sold out.


The “Christmas spirit” is about being kind and thoughtful . . . and making everyone else look like they didn’t even try?  No.  However:  A new poll reveals that 61% of us see gift-giving as a competition, and will try to “out-gift” at least one other person this year.  Way to take the fun out of it.  A great way to Work Smarter Not Harder on your holiday effort is to NOT go down some of the emotionally unhealthy roads you’ll see in this list.

The most common people we compete with are our siblings, friends, and significant other.  Here are the ten most stressful things about holiday shopping . . .

1.  Trying to find the “perfect” gift.  Almost 1 in 5 people claim they ALWAYS find the perfect gift.

2.  Looking for something that’s sold out.  Like the PlayStation 5, this year.

3.  Worrying someone won’t like your gift.

4.  Worrying it’s something they won’t use.

5.  Buying them something they already have.

6.  Being “out-gifted” by someone.

7.  Worrying your gift won’t adequately show the person how much you love them.

8.  Bad weather and driving conditions while you’re out shopping…  Fair enough.

9.  Getting stuck out, shopping, for long periods of time.

10.  Porch pirates stealing your packages…  Could be a problem.

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