We've all clocked our fair share of hours at the mall — loitering in food courts, casually browsing department stores, and applying full faces of makeup at beauty counters. While these are all fond memories, during the holiday season a trip to the mall is a whole different ball game.
It goes like this: Once (or, if) you find a parking spot, you must traverse crowds of anxious shoppers, all hoping to cross the last names off their gift list. You flag down salespeople, then you spend what feels like an eternity in line to pay — a wait that stretches on due to the lack of cell service. And, if you manage to escape without a sugar pretzel in hand, you consider yourself a victor.
But, it can be a less stressful experience — if you go in with a game plan. We nailed down three items from each of the major mall stores, so you can cut your visit short. And, if you're still not keen on circling the parking lot several times, you can shop from the comfort of your couch. It's a win-win scenario that'll have you singing like Robin Sparkles.