Thanksgiving has come and gone. The homemade turkey soup made with the leftovers is but a distant memory. This can only mean one thing: it’s time to start thinking about Boxing Day* shopping, or Christmas shopping, or Hanukah, or Kwanza, or winter solstice shopping (we always try to be inclusive at the BBC). Avid shoppers view this annual rite with joy and anticipation. The rest of us? Not so much.

As always, we’ve got your back. Here are four suggestions to ease your pain:gift certificate

  • Low on funds? Give of yourself.

Yes, we realize we’re not the first people to say this. No, this won’t make you look cheap. It will make you look thoughtful. For mom, clean out all of the crap you left behind when you moved out in 1992. For dad, wash the windows or mow the lawn all summer (Well, maybe just for a month). For brother, detail his car. For sister, babysit so she can have a girls’ night out. Fill in one of these handy gift certificate templates, print it out and wrap it up. Done! No scofflaws allowed. This is all about following through on your promise.

  • One for me. One for somebody else.

Does your wallet empty more quickly than you’d like when you’re holiday shopping because you just can’t resist picking up a little something – or somethings – for yourself? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could give something to yourself and not have to spend any extra money? Well, you can. Buy BBC gift cards and we’ll give you an additional 20 percent of the value of your purchase. You can even buy them online. Give and you shall receive.Chatham Candy Manor

  • I hate the mall.

Again, we know we’re not the first people to say this, but shop local. It really does make a difference. You’ll find cool, one-of-a-kind things. You get to chat with local business owners. It’s less crowded and way less frenzied than the mall. The best part of shopping local? Your money stays in your community.

  • I hate to shop. Period.

Don’t throw in the towel just yet. There is hope for you and it’s called the internet. Everyone knows about Amazon, of course. If you can’t find it there, it may not even exist. But not everyone knows about honey. Internet-savvy shoppers never ever hit “place order” without visiting coupon sites looking for discount codes. Honey, an extension that attaches to your browser, automatically finds the best coupon codes for thousands of websites. Just click it, sit back and watch the savings add up.

Whether you’re hitting Main Street, the mall or the internet, swing by when you’re done shopping. We’ll have a cold one waiting for you.

As always, we’ve got your back.

*Boxing Day is a Brit thing.

Top photo: Jennifer Kain DeFoe