Hello SOTGC community,
I figured most people today are either traveling to be with family and friends, or doing last minute, panicked Christmas shopping. So I figured I’d write a short post about the latter. Most people I know like to wait until last minute to shop for presents. I’m not judging, mostly because it leads to some pretty fun events for me to observe or hear about later. I, however, don’t like being stressed, and nothing stresses me out like having to spend 20 minutes looking for parking, then dealing with lines and the crazy mayhem that is the mall during the Holiday season. So I usually do my shopping a month in advance.
However, this year my brother called an audible (shocker) and informed me that there was a change in plans, so suddenly I found myself needing to shop for five more people, and had a week to do this. Luckily I was given a week to do this, and I was able to get everything at two stores (that were right next to each other) so things worked out. However, for those of you who were given 24 hours notice, or who have a PhD in procrastination…here are some tips on last minute presents.
Twist on gift certificates: For people you’re close to, I’m a fan of ordering something for them online, having it shipped to them (or to you if you live near them) and printing out a picture of what you got them and putting that in a card. This both saves you from having to brave the malls, gets them a good (well thought out) present, and you don’t have to stress about the $50 for overnight shipping, but also gives them something to “open” on Christmas morning. (For those of you that order online a lot I HIGHLY suggest an Amazon PRIME membership.
Quality Time: My friends and I used to do a secret santa…then we’d all have to figure out what to get someone, hope they actually liked it, then hope that whatever your “secret santa” got you is good as well. This year I decided instead of doing that, we’d all get together (this took about 20 Facebook emails and we ended up picking a date that 90% of the people could make) and do a nice brunch and gift each other with obnoxious jokes, good memories, and quality time together. As we get older, more settled into our careers and get significant others, finding time to get together can sometimes take weeks. Two of my best friends and I have to schedule Outlook meeting requests to hang out.
Themed baskets: The idea of having to go to a mall during the month of December makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry. So when I found out I had five new people to shop for, I decided to think about a theme for the two couples, and put together specialty baskets in one of the local stores. All I have to say is “I HEART Cost Plus!!!!” So I found some random things, that together, created pretty cool “theme baskets.” One of the couples (my cousin and his girlfriend) are getting a “romance basket.” As I was paying for the items I thought, “I wonder if this is a bit awkward that I’m getting my cousin things to have a super romantic and intimate evening…” Then I remembered that on one of his trips to Asia, he brought me back a set of shot glasses that had posed Geishas “en deshabille” on them….so I continued through the checkout line.
So there are my tips, for whatever they are worth. Have a wonderful Monday and happy Holidays!!!!
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