How Women Shop for the Holidays Around the World

Jessica Schiffer

Shopping for the holidays can be an overwhelming experience. What begins as a fun, exciting pursuit for perfect, thoughtful presents for family and friends can quickly turn sour. There’s the never-ending crowds, soaring prices, and the stress that occurs when there’s one person on your list who’s impossible to shop for. (You know who we’re talking about.)

But year after year, we endure it. It’s a tradition and even on the level of sport. Find the best deals on a unique gift, wrap it up in a gorgeous bow, and—voilà!—you can call yourself a winner. Love or dread this time of year, this left us wondering: Is holiday shopping such a big deal in other parts of the world? Curious to find out, we recruited women who’ve lived in all corners of the globe, including the UK, Dubai, and Taiwan, to fill us in. We asked them what holiday shopping looks like and the differences may, or may not, surprise you.

Scroll down to find out what they had to say.

Do you have any special holiday shopping habits? Sound off in the comments.

This post has been updated by Gina Marinelli.

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