29/05/2024 5:24 AM


The Queen Of Beauty

Tips to make it less stressful

With Christmas Day just around the corner, some people might be enjoying the holiday season knowing that they have purchased gifts for everyone on their list. Others might find themselves scrambling to find presents for family and friends or trying to track down their online orders.

Those rushing to get their shopping done are not alone. Many stores across metro Phoenix will be open until Dec. 25 and expect to be busy with last-minute shoppers.

“I think that this Christmas Eve on Friday could be very busy for us,” said Brett Zimmerman, chief operations officer of Zia Records. “I anticipate every day until the 25th to be really busy.”

This is “the tell-tale week,” said Cindy Dach, co-owner and CEO of Changing Hands Bookstore, with stressed holiday shoppers flocking to stores.

Outside Changing Hands bookstore's Phoenix location on Camelback Road.

Employees at local businesses such as Zia and Changing Hands are happy to help customers find gifts. However, Dach hopes that shoppers try to be “as mindful” as possible amid the rush. She recommends keeping a “zen mindset” about last-minute gift availability. You might think to yourself, “What is here is what I’m supposed to get.”

“Perhaps people need to lower their own expectations. Everybody gets so caught up in giving that perfect gift,” she said.