Are you done with
your holiday shopping?
Or have you
not even started it yet?
Some people are good at planning ahead and have all of their holiday gifts purchased months in advance of the actual deadline. But the rest of us who take part in these shenanigans–for reasons that range from the procrastinatory to the financial–find ourselves racing around looking for same things everyone else is looking for with just a few weeks or days before we have to hand them over.
It’s a stressful time, made worse by the swarms of equally stressed and frustrated people in the malls and box stores where we search for those items that successfully send the message, “I am glad you exist and I know enough about you to purchase a product you’ll appreciate.”
Thankfully, I managed to avoid this in 2013. My one trip to a Toys R Us was made during the first major cold snap in my hometown, which meant it was deserted, while I managed to find nearly everything else I needed online. So I’m ready.