Make this holiday season stress-free with 5 time-saving tips

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(BPT) - Sending holiday cards, shopping for gifts, planning the perfect family dinner — 'tis the season to spread good cheer. However, not all aspects of the holidays are merry and bright — getting everything done can be downright stressful. The good news is, it doesn't need to be.

Even if you have a to-do list longer than Santa's beard, there are ways you can reduce stress and save time so you can enjoy all aspects of the holidays. Here are five tips and tricks that will transform your holiday season. Give them a try and see how much jollier you feel.

Print and send holiday cards in one day

There are many online options for ordering customized holiday cards. The problem is you have to wait for the items to be printed and shipped to you. What if you could order, print and mail your cards in one day? At your local FedEx Office it's possible! A simple visit and you can have holiday cards ordered and ready within the same day. Add addresses and postage, and your holiday greetings are ready to spread good tidings for friends and family across the country.

Avoid peak shopping times

Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a hassle with packed aisles and long lines. Try to avoid the busiest retail times and you'll be able to glide through stores with ease. Evenings and weekends tend to be packed periods, so consider alterative times. Even if you work during the day there are times you can enjoy fewer crowds. Are you an early bird? Go shopping right when a store opens. More of a night owl? Go shopping after the kids go to bed. Even going over lunch hour can be less busy compared to waiting until right after work.

Get help sending gifts securely

You probably have a variety of gifts for loved ones near and far. For items you need to ship, plan ahead to ensure they arrive on time. Use items such as tape, bubble wrap and tissue paper to keep items safe while in transit. Not sure the best way to package something? The pros at FedEx Office pack and ship items of all shapes and sizes, so even that oversized or fragile gift will arrive safely. Just swing by for assistance and they are happy to help.

Easily elevate entertaining with custom decor

All the extras are what make for a memorable holiday event, but those extras can take a lot of time and effort. Maybe it's creating lovely invitations, a special custom sign greeting family at the entryway or personalized place cards that add the finishing touch to your tablescape. Whatever your vision, you can easily create and print things like signs, banners and party essentials at FedEx Office. Certified FedEx Office professionals can help bring your ideas to life, serving as design consultants to help you get exactly what you want quickly and efficiently.

Buy it now and keep receipts

Supply chain delays continue to make news headlines. Whether it's that special gift or important holiday supplies, if you see something you want, take action and buy it then. If you wait, you may forget it or it won't be available the next time. Still on the fence if you really need it? Keep receipts in one folder or tape them to the back of each package. That way if you change your mind you can easily return it and get your money back. It's less stressful to have a few extras and make returns than be empty-handed and worried about how you're going to get what you need.