Forget eating... the couple that shops together, stays together. Instead of heading out on a shopping trip all on her lonesome, mama should consider hiring a babysitter for the daytime so she and her loved one can tackle the toy tasks together. As the twosome crosses items off of Santa's list, they can enjoy a date lunch and maybe even pick up some things for each other.
Facing the crowds together without the munchkins will allow for less stress and more appreciation. Finish the day up with a warm cup of cocoa or coffee and take a walk through a festival of lights before heading home to a house full of anxious little elves.