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How I figured out my Christmas Shopping

Do you remember the time before the internet?  I seem to.  I seem to recall hours at the mall or driving lots of places.  Oh, I still buy stuff at stores, don't get me wrong, but the other day, I was thinking about getting a particular gift certificate for my nieces and remembered that I saw it at various stores around town.  So, I was truly thinking about getting into my car and driving a half hour, braving the city and then looking for said gift certificates.

And then, it hit me.  Why don't I buy it online?

Not only did they have the certificates, but I could print them and send them off via snail mail which was 5 minutes away, as opposed to 30 minutes.   It's the thought that counts, I'm sure.

So, my nieces will get something that they want.  I get to avoid shopping.  Win-win.

My major quest is what to buy my MIL.  We're thinking about some sort of experience package, like a cross-country ski trip or something like that.  Do you have any ideas how to find something that specializes in that?

Here's the latest poll for you guys:

Poll #1104161 Holiday shopping

When you shop for the holidays, you

Buy everything online!
2(9.1%)
Buy most things online with a few small presents from shopping.
8(36.4%)
Buy half online/ half at stores.
5(22.7%)
Buy most gifts in stores, but occasionally online.
3(13.6%)
Buy everything in stores or the mall.
1(4.5%)
I don't buy gifts, bah humbug!
3(13.6%)

What do you typically buy as gifts?

Traditional presents they unwrap.
9(39.1%)
Gift certificates.
2(8.7%)
Some sort of experience, like travel or day of beauty.
0(0.0%)
Other.
2(8.7%)
Nothing -- I don't give presents.
2(8.7%)

Comments

astein142
Dec. 11th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
I have to ship anything I buy, so if I can't get it all done to deliver during the Thanksgiving trip, it's gotta be small and light. Usually, I end up getting gift cards for the bookstore for the kids, gift cards to Walmart or Target for my Mom and sisters. This year, I've got to ship some books and stuffed toys for the new nephews, but I haven't found anything for Mom yet.
shadowhelm
Dec. 11th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
You know, I've done nothing but gift cards in the past and that made life a lot easier. Not as personal, but quite honestly, do they really think I'm going to find the perfect gift?

I've been pretty ambivalent about Christmas, largely because it's just more stuff that perhaps I don't need. The times when I got what I asked for, my family was annoyed because it supported my mushing.

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