The holiday season is a time of hustle and bustle, and there’s always something happening at NewAldaya Lifescapes in Cedar Falls. Many of our residents enjoy shopping for presents online and in stores, and the following holiday shopping tips will ensure that everyone has a great time while staying safe.
No Worries, No Hurries
Every year it seems the holiday shopping season starts earlier, and nowadays it’s not uncommon for a retailer to begin advertising right after Halloween. Between your radio, TV, and computer, you’re bound to hear endless commercials urging you to get going before all the good deals are gone. But with so many choices in terms of gifts and retailers, there’s no need to rush. Those deals aren’t going anywhere, so give yourself plenty of time to get all your holiday shopping done. If you’re not a fan of crowds, we recommend shopping on a weekday during the late morning or early afternoon. The absence of caffeine-fueled weekend shoppers provides more impetus to not rush and enjoy the season.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
According to the National Retail Federation, 148 million Americans are expected to shop on Super Saturday (the last Saturday before Christmas). While this is great news for the economy, it’s also a warning to be especially wary of pickpockets and purse snatchers. Always keep your wallet, purse, and purchases close by, especially if you’re in the middle of a crowded store. It’s also a good idea to park your car in a well-lit, populated area to further deter criminals.
Shop With a Friend
Doing your holiday shopping with a friend is a great idea for several reasons. It’s always nice to have someone to talk to and exchange ideas with, and it’s also a great way to deter pickpockets. Moreover, the buddy system helps to minimize the chance of an in-store accident, many of which occur when elderly shoppers overburden themselves with too many shopping bags. Having a friend nearby to share the load means not carrying more than you can handle.
Avoid “Free” Online Giveaways
If you plan to do some or all your holiday shopping online, be wary of common holiday scams involving advertisements for free gifts, prizes, and merchandise. Although tempting, clicking on such a link could see your computer infected by malware that will compromise your computer’s performance and steal your personal information. One such scam is an advertisement offering a free vacation when really the ad is just a trick to make you divulge your credit card information and join an expensive vacation club. If you see an advertisement for a free giveaway or vacation, remember that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Have Fun and Stay Safe This Holiday Shopping Season
Being an effective advocate for an elderly parent doesn’t happen overnight. It takes plenty of practice, experience, and patience NewAldaya Lifescapes is one of the premier senior living communities in Iowa, and it shows in the way we care about our residents. Holiday shopping should be fun and safe, and by keeping these tips in mind you’ll enjoy worry-free shopping all season long.