As the holiday season quickly approaches, the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping echoes through crowded streets and festive shops. The anticipation of gift-giving mingles with the stress of actually figuring out what to get everyone. The quest for the perfect gift for loved ones often transforms into a frenzied scramble running from store to store. I am here to offer you a guide to the best holiday shopping destinations here in Fairfield!

The number one place on my holiday shopping list is Marshalls. I find myself at Marshalls all the time and it’s nearly impossible to leave without spending money. Marshalls has everything you can think of—from candy and toys to clothes and shoes. If you’re not sure what to get your loved one, I can guarantee you will find something at Marshalls. Also, as a bonus, the store is relatively cheap—perfect for any broke college student. 

If you are looking for great places to find cute and trendy clothing and accessories, I highly suggest going downtown. Apricot Lane Boutique and Snappy Gator are both perfect places to shop. Both stores offer a large variety of trendy clothing, accessories, shoes and unique gifts. Apricot Lane Boutique has very nice jewelry that I love and recommend. Even though both stores are more on the pricey side, they guarantee good quality items. 

Another boutique/clothing store that just opened is Here For You Clothing. The store is located on Post Road, so there is easy access downtown. Here For You Clothing just opened in November and it is a brand dedicated to spreading awareness about mental health. They offer comfy and trendy clothing which proceeds go to mental health organizations. This store offers many different styles of clothing with an array of colors, perfect for anyone! 

One last store that I would recommend is sort of obvious, but it’s the Fairfield Bookstore. You can either stop by the one in town or the store on campus. Personally, I will be getting “Fairfield Mom” and “Fairfield Dad” shirts for my parents this year. I recommend doing the same if you don’t know what to give them. Getting Fairfield merchandise for your loved ones is perfect because they can now represent you and your college. Who wouldn’t want a Fairfield mug or a car magnet? 

In the whirlwind of holiday shopping, the stress can feel quite overwhelming at times, but don’t let it take over. It’s important to remember that the real meaning of the holidays is spending time with those you love. As the final weeks approach before the holiday season, let’s focus on the true spirit of the holidays in finding love and gratitude. I hope this shopping guide eases your stress, even if it’s just a little bit. 

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