Mindful Shopping this Holiday Season

December 20, 2017

Deck the halls and light the lights - the holiday season is upon us! 


As we fill our homes with the warmth of the season, embracing the slowness that comes with darker days, we also take stock of the gifts we already have. Friendships, family and all the little miracles that bring joy to our world everyday.







So how do you maintain that Holiday cheer; the parts of the season that really matter? 


The season can undoubtedly put pressure on even the most prepared shopper. We understand the desire to buy the perfect gift for the loved ones in your life, and we know how overwhelming all the options, emails, sales and crowds can be. We believe that the best part of the holidays is the community it brings, and we want to help you create a one-stop shopping space to focus more on what matters, and less on the madness. Here are three tips for an enjoyable, mindful and community-driven shopping experience:






Get Organized
It can be easy to get carried away when you love your tribe oh so much and there’s so many wonderful gifts to buy. Take a moment to get clear on your expectations and your bank account and then take a note from Santa and check that list twice. That way you’ll be prepared and know just what needs to be crossed off your list while you’re out and about. 




Shop Local
One of the greatest ways to support and encourage our local communities is to buy local. We are so lucky here in #YEG to have an incredibly vibrant, creative and hard-working community of makers, entrepreneurs and artisans. From the over 25+ local makers that call RAAS home you can be confident that you will find the one-of-a-kind gift you’ve been searching for. The bonus? Your purchase stimulates local economy, encourages creativity and keeps someone’s dream alive (and their bills paid).



Slow Down
Christmas is truly one of the busiest times of year. The malls are packed, the roads are congested, and there are approximately 157 Christmas parties to attend. We often rush through the weeks leading up to Christmas in such a haze that we can easily forget to enjoy the season. Slow Down. Breathe it in. Remember there is no rush, the holiday season is all about people. Make a date with a friend to go shopping and turn it into a time of connection. Use the wait times in line to learn something new about the person in front of you or to just simply be in the moment. Spend your time doing the things you enjoy, with the people you love. 







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