Everybody knows that shopping during the holidays is a total nightmare — long lines, jam packed parking lots, and sometimes grouchy people. Add kids into the mix and it’s a major headache.
A few weeks ago Honda loaned our family a 2014 Odyssey minivan to try out for a week, and during that week I spent a few days running errands and doing some holiday shopping with my two little boys. All of the gadgets and amenities in the van made my life a million times easier, so today I’m sharing 7 simple tips to easier holiday shopping with your kids this year!
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7 Tips to Easier Holiday Shopping 1 of 9
A few simple tips to keeping yourself and your kids sane during those holiday shopping trips!
1. Easy Access Keys. 2 of 9
A few years ago I bought a little carabiner clip for my keys. When my arms are full of kids and bags, it's not easy to dig around in my big bag and locate my keys, so using this clip makes my life a lot easier!
2. Take advantage of technology! & 3. Pack the snacks! 3 of 9
I don't let my kids watch a ton of television at home, so when we're out running errands, they're thrilled when I hand them my iPhone and let them watch a show on PBSkids.org. The Odyssey minivan had a fabulous high-definition, wide screen TV that my kids loved. They watched Curious George and we traveled in peace!
If you have kids, you should know by now that snacks during errands are an essential. We usually bring fruit snacks or veggie straws, but this particular day I picked up a little kid sized smoothie and my three year old was happy as a clam while we ran our errands.
4. Use your trunk space wisely. 4 of 9
To keep those newly purchased items from rolling around, be smart about packing your truck. We used our two umbrella strollers to divide the trunk in half. It kept my husband's golf gear from rolling onto my gifts, and kept things from moving around while we drove!
5. Pack it tightly! 5 of 9
If your trunk space is smaller, pack things tightly against each other so they don't move around!
6. Hands free! 6 of 9
All the cars with automatic trunks and doors are worth their weight in gold. Being able to open all the doors and trunk when your arms are full of kids and bags made my life so much easier.
7. Shoulder/cross-body bag. 7 of 9
Most of the time, when I'm out shopping, the cart is full of my kids and my purchases, so there's very little room for my purse. Using a shoulder bag keeps your arms free, your cart emptier, and easy access to your wallet when it's time to check out!
Find my bag at Lily Jade!
No room! 8 of 9
See? Hardly any room for my kids, let alone my purse and my purchases!
Time to Go! 9 of 9
Now load up the car and be on your holiday shopping way, knowing that although the lines might be long, and shoppers might be crabby, your shopping trip will be a little bit less hectic!
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