Etiquette Guide for Holiday Shoppers Shopping Holidays Gift Giving Respect Consideration

When we think of the holiday season, we normally think of the spirit of giving and good will toward others. There is a holiday song playing in our heads and a smile on our lips. It’s a lovely thought, but how come none of this seems to happen when we think of holiday shopping? Holiday shopping brings up images of rude shoppers, expensive gifts and last minute shopping rushes. Lately, holiday shopping has become more of a chore due to the lack of respect others give each other in public. Perhaps it’s time more people pay better attention to certain etiquettes while out shopping.

I love to holiday shop if I know exactly what I plan on buying. This way I can get in and out of the store quickly and smoothly, and then move on to the next. I’ve stumbled upon too many people who simply don’t know what to buy for gifts and they cause traffic jams in the aisles, waste the time of store employees and flat out just get in the way of shoppers who know what they are looking for. If you’re unsure of what to buy, standing and holding an object while blocking others from getting to the area they need to certainly won’t help you make up your mind any faster.

Rudeness is a sure killer of the holiday spirit. How many people have you seen stomping around stores and malls complaining and scolding others? How many people have you seen in register lines complaining of the length of the line or even the people in it? I know I get pretty fed up with the token “sigher”. He or she is that person who likes to make their frustration known by sighing and grumbling to themselves. Sometimes the worst part of shopping can be the waiting in lines and cranky customers just don’t make the wait any better.

Sometimes the worst part of holiday shopping can be the transportation to and from the stores. Some choose to go the selfish route rather than paying attention to others and even the law. I’ve seen people run stop signs, red lights and merge illegally in lanes just to quickly get into the road that leads to shopping centers. There have been times I’ve searched a parking lot for a good parking spot only to have a car quickly zoom in right before I begin to park.

Consideration and the respect for others are both quickly dying among shoppers during the holidays. Many people now choose to use the internet to buy their gifts just to avoid the hassle of dealing with others in public. This shouldn’t have to happen, it’s the holidays. We should be able to go out, shop and wish others a happy holiday season without fear of being treated poorly in turn. If you want to be treated well, then be sure to treat others the way you want to be treated.