Between the pressure of finding the right gift for everyone on your list while still minding a budget and knowing what to do in certain situations (like what to get the babysitter), it can promptly extinguish all the fun of shopping.
But etiquette expert Anna Post -- who is the great granddaughter to famed turn-of-the-century socialite and manners connoisseur Emily Post -- says that checking off that shopping list is a lot easier than you think.
We recently caught up with perfectly-mannered Post at The Body Shop in New York, where the expert was on hand to celebrate the brand's new limited-edition holiday scents of Cranberry Joy, Jolly Orange and Spiced Vanilla, as well as, consciously-priced gift sets and a sparkling makeup collection.
"The perfect gift is not this thing to be feared. Instead of focusing on the cost, think about your relationship to the person, and how to reflect that in your gift," Post told StyleList.
Here, five of Post's tips to make your holiday shopping easier:
1. Combine Tiny Things In Threes. Smaller remembrances for people in your life like hair stylists, babysitters and work associates can make a big impact when you group cute items up in three and wrap with a pretty red ribbon. Think along the lines of hand lotion, lip balm and candles.
2. Ride the Charity and Eco-Green Wave. "A big trend in gifting that is only getting more popular is buying a charitable or "green" gift," advised Post. The Body Shop aims to hit both angles, with natural ingredients sourced via fair trade, and a new bowl that doubles as a holiday gift holder that will donate 50 percent of all proceeds to The Somaly Mam Foundation -- an organization that rescues and rehabilitates young slavery and sex trafficking victims.
4. Go for Personalization Over Price Tag. Nothing hits a home run quite like a beautifully handwritten note that accompanies a gift that clearly had much thought put into it -- which you can do with only a tidbit of info. "For example, if friends recently travelled to Italy, make them a gift basket full of Italian gourmet treats and pampering products such as olive body butter. Include a personal note such as, 'I hope this gift takes you back to Italy!'" said Post.
5. Avoid Holiday-Branded Beauty. While holiday-themed wrap can make for a festive presentation, you'll want to avoid products that have things like Christmas trees and candy canes printed directly on the product. "It's like an expiration date -- it doesn't look right if it's out on the bathroom counter after the holidays are over," said Post.
And if you're looking to buy a coat this season, check out the Searle puffer that Kris Jenner designed for charity.
On a budget? Check out these amazing gifts under $50.