I pride myself on being organized, I have lists for my lists, but this year something has gone horribly wrong and I find myself running around shopping for Christmas with four short days until the big celebration.
My Christmas shopping list, compared to previous years, is much smaller because we, as a family, have become financially forward thinkers and have realized that we do not need to spend money on unnecessary items for adults simply to have presents under the tree with our names on them. Christmas for me is about spending money on my nephews and spending quality time with my family while the two boys sort through the mounds of gifts with their name on them.
I used to bemoan the gift card. It always seemed so impersonal and last-minute, but the reality of the gift card is that the receiver of the gift card can buy what they truly want. For the past few years my nephews have been big fans of the gift card – iTunes, trendy clothing shops and Golf Town are among the favorites.
Each year I strive to think of something that will parallel, nay exceed, the gift card but I come up empty. As the boy’s interests morph into things that they feel strongly about it is becoming easier to think of gifts that will compliment those interests. Sometimes the gift card is still the best way to go, especially when I find myself shopping a mere four days before Christmas, but at least I know they will buy something they truly want and I don’t have to keep the receipt for when they want to return that “cool” gift their Aunt bought them for Christmas!!
Are you a last-minute shopper? Or do you start in June?