This year I started my Christmas shopping early. Most years I wait until the week before Christmas to do the actual shopping using a list I prepare months in advance. I start this list early in the year, jotting down items people mention or good ideas for gifts as they surface. By the time mid-December arrives, I just have to fill in a few blanks and do the actual shopping. One of the reasons I started late over the years is because my eldest son was born December 12th so I did not decorate or shop for Christmas until his birthday was over. At least that’s what I told myself, seems kind of silly now.
My biggest problem with starting the Christmas shopping early is that I end up spending too much money. By the time Christmas arrives, I have strayed from my plan to buy one thing from “Mom and Dad” and one more thing from “Santa” for everyone on my list. When I start shopping early, I easily end up with at least three gifts in each category. Of course, it doesn’t help when I buy an extra item for one person on the list, then have to balance out the list with one more for everyone else. This was especially true when my children were young and knew exactly how many gifts each of them received. Or perhaps it was my own obsession to keep things fair and even.
This year I purchased many gifts online. This was successful in most cases, although there were a few disappointments. My most successful online purchases were an Ottawa Senators onesie that I saw an advertisement for by SPORTSEDO on Facebook:
and a vanity for my son’s girlfriend’s daughter:
The greatest advantage to online shopping is that you do not have to deal with crowded stores and parking lots or hordes of rushing, grumpy people. It seems like I saw a lot of that this year as I visited the local stores for stocking stuffers this past week. The greatest drawback of online shopping is the possibility of getting ripped off. I heard this year that many people looking to buy cheap
The greatest drawback of online shopping is the possibility of getting ripped off. I heard this year that many people looking to buy cheap HATCHIMALS got scammed. I was fortunate; I got the quality I paid for, the delivery service was great, and the gifts were a hit with their recipients.