The decorating. The shopping. The wrapping. The cooking. And multiple trips to the post office.
For some, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. For others, it’s the most stressful. But there’s a solution. Just call Mary.
Mary is Mary Watkins, of Poulsbo, who will do it all for you. She is a stay-at-home mother to a rambunctious 2-year-old toddler, and she has a business as a personal shopper year round.
But as the holidays approach, Watkins becomes the best Christmas elf ever. Just ask and she will help clean your house, run your errands, go shopping for you, getting whatever’s on your gift list, then wrap the gifts and deliver them to your doorstep.
And, she’ll even stand in line at the post office.
“So many people get all stressed out at the holidays,” Watkins said. “It’s all too much for them. That’s why I’m here — to help them out. It’s a great opportunity to get to know people and help people be able to enjoy the holiday season.”
Watkins has been “the holiday helper” for four or five years. She grew up in Gig Harbor and has experience as a personal shopper for The Loft, an Ann Taylor store.
She and her husband lived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for a few years, but moved back to Kitsap County to be closer to family.
Her typical client is a person with young children who also is working a full-time job. Many of her clients are from Bainbridge Island, she said.
“They are so busy,” Watkins said. “They just don’t have the time to shop. So they call me and tell me the store, what their sister or friend likes, and her sizes, and then I go to the store for them.”
If asked, she send clients photos as she’s shopping so “they can be involved in the decision without ever having to go to the store.”
“Then I can wrap the gift and drop it off a couple of days before Christmas,” she added.
Although it’s not tops on her list, she will take packages to the post office and wait in line.
“It’s not my favorite thing,” Watkins said. “But it has to be done.”
Watkins’ charges vary, based on the specifics of the request, and how long it will take. An example, for delivering packages to the post office she typically will charge $25.
“It depends a bit on how close it is to Christmas and how long I’ll be waiting in line,” she said. “But I’m very affordable.”
With all that she does for others, one might wonder when she gets her own shopping and wrapping done.
“These are the things I would be doing anyway,” she said. “So if I can help others at the same time, I’d love to do it.”
And, believe it or not, she’s doing all this with her 2 year old and while she’s 5 months pregnant.
“I love retail,” she said. “I love helping people. This is a great way to combine those things and give me some income as a stay-at-home mother,” Watkins said.
To contact her, email sin firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 253-225-9476.