The Key To A Stress-Free Holiday Season

Last Updated on December 3, 2019

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Thank you to Office Depot for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

With the holiday season in full swing, the end of the year can feel pretty overwhelming for small business owners. I’m busy trying to close out the quarter, plan for next year, and stay on top of my holiday list to find my friends and family gifts they’ll actually use.

I tend to get flustered around the holidays because my schedule is jam-packed, and I don’t have time to visit a bunch of different stores to get gifts. Plus, the stores are always so crowded at this time of year, which only adds to the overwhelm.

I remember driving to the mall the week of the holidays and having to wait an hour JUST to get into the parking lot. I can hear you saying, “Duh Catherine, what were you thinking?” Clearly, I wasn’t.

I’m not one to procrastinate on holiday shopping, yet somehow the need for a last-minute gift always pops up. I either forget something completely or think of an idea for a great gift at the last minute.

Since I don’t have time or the patience to shop at multiple stores, I need somewhere I can buy what I need in one place (including things for my own business). That’s why I go to Office Depot. Not only do they offer great gifts for small business owners to give and receive, they have a variety of small business services to help you take advantage of the busiest time of the year.

If you’re a small business owner or just want to be more efficient during the holidays, keep reading to find out how to handle the holiday season with less stress.

The Key to a Stress-Free Holiday Season

The key to saving time during the holidays is efficiency, and luckily Office Depot and OfficeMax have everything you need to keep you on top of the two big lists: the to-do list and the gift list.

To deal with my to-do list and upcoming planning, two products I’ve been using to stay organized are the Office Depot Brand Cling Document Sheets and Cling Board Dry-Erase Whiteboard Roll.

With Cling Document Sheets, you can stick important documents, photos, and art to your walls without using tape or push pins. The Cling Document Sheets use static-stay technology so all you have to do is press them onto the wall and they’ll cling like magic. You can use them on most flat surfaces, including stainless steel, glass, walls, and wood.

As a visual person, I need visual cues to remind me of my goals and important dates. I’ve put my current priorities list on the wall next to my desk using the Document Sheets so I can constantly see them and remind myself of what’s important.

I’ve also been using the Cling Board Dry-Erase Whiteboard Roll to brainstorm and plan for the upcoming year. The whiteboard clings to your wall like the Document Sheets so you won’t ruin your walls with tape or push pins. You get 10 sheets in a pack so you can reuse or dispose of them if you need to. The best thing about the whiteboards sheets is how easily you can transport them (although your local coffee shop might not appreciate you whipping them out for a brainstorming sesh ?).

Not only do these products make my life easy as a small business owner, they also make great gifts for a creative friend who always has new ideas or the busy mom who needs to keep her family’s weekly chore list visible.

On the topic of gifts, Office Depot has everything for your stationery-loving friends and co-workers, like this TUL Wireless Charging Notebook for the person who’s always on the go.

I also love the TUL Custom Note-Taking System which uses a unique page system so you can move around sheets in your notebook without having to hole punch or rip pages out.

To make life easier, you can get all of these products from Office Depot or OfficeMax stores with the Buy Online Pick up in Store (BOPIS) service. You can also buy directly online using and the Office Depot app and get free shipping on qualifying orders of $45 or more.

With one trip to the store, I can buy my gifts, holiday cards, and wrapping paper, plus get my gifts shipped out to my friends and family in different parts of the world.

How do you reduce stress during the holidays?

I know I can depend on Office Depot for my personal and business needs during the holiday season. Whether you need to pick up last-minute gifts for friends and family or take care of shipping services before you take some time off, Office Depot and OfficeMax is your Shopping Season, Solved.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Office Depot.

Catherine Beard
Hi, I'm Catherine! I'm here to help you get out of your head so you can stress less and focus on what matters.


  1. Hi Catherine,

    I like your ideas for simplifying things to make life easier. I write everything down, I need to get ideas and ‘to do’s’ out of my head and into physical reality. I am going to have to get some of those static cling sheets to try out at home.

    Take care

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