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the shopping has officially begun.

I finally started my Christmas shopping. Online. I might just be with Sas on the whole, do all your shopping online thing. Not because I dislike Christmas shopping or because I don’t like the crowds in malls, but because it’s soo convenient. While I’m in the middle of working on editing or writing a piece, I can cruise over to any website I want and purchase whatever I want. And then a couple of days later my purchases arrive on my doorstep. And it’s almost like Christmas for me right then and there because I get to open the boxes and see what my purchases are like. Not to mention, I get crazy Amazon credit card points if I shop on Amazon.com.

The only problem with online shopping is that it’s way too easy to just throw a few items for yourself into the shopping cart as well. I mean, as I was purchasing my sister’s pajamas from Victoria’s Secret, I couldn’t help but notice a ton of things I wanted/needed/greatly desired. And I mean, the more I buy, the more points I get on my Angels Card. And if you purchase enough stuff you get free shipping. And if you get a few more things you can get a free tote bag. With free samples. You cannot turn that offer down. It just keeps going. It’s really way too easy to just throw virtual items in a shopping cart. And I love it. I’m a good person, I deserve gifts. Right? Thank you.

Does anyone else have an extremely difficult time trying to decide what to get their dad for holidays? I just feel as though my dad has everything he wants (that I can afford) and other than that, he asks for books about HTML and JAVA (wahoo) and random software programs (yawn). I always get him a nice stylish shirt (either Polo, Nautica, or Tommy) because he really trusts my taste (as he should), but how much does a 60-year-old man really enjoy getting a shirt on Christmas morning? About as much as I would enjoy getting a HTML book. So he’s difficult. I like doing the “of the month club” things for him and have done one for cheese, one for beer, and one for rubs and spices (to put on meat for cooking, ha). They legit have an “of the month club” for everything. Seriously. No lie, they have one for teddy bears, neckties, lobster, and perfume. And they’re expensive too. No messing around with these clubs. The coffee of the month club costs $75 for just 3 months. And what’s the poing of being in an “of the month club” for only 3 months? Exactly.

I love shopping for my mom because she loves most everything I get her. I got her Ugg slippers last year and I’ve never seen her so happy. Every time she wears them she claims they were the best gift she’s ever received. Awww. I need to find a way to outdo that this year. My sister and I bugged her to send us her list and she finally e-mailed one with this disclaimer: “You both know I ‘want for nothing’ ever since the two of you came into my life. On the other hand, I do love to open presents on Christmas morning.” Adorable.

So, my shopping season has officially begun and I’m psyched for it. Um, right about now a full-time/non-freelance job would be sort of nice. I am completely done with graduate school in 3.5 weeks and then I have absolutely no excuse. Eeek. Whatever, I will not let Christmas suffer because of my joblessness. Now, getting back to Sephora.com, I’ve got some deals to find!

11 Responses to “the shopping has officially begun.”

  1. Peter DeWolf Says:

    I am glad you explained “rubs and spices.”

    I LOVE online shopping.

    Though part of the appeal to me IS getting to skip crowds at the mall.

    And the fact that I am laaaazy.

  2. Jenn Says:

    I’d like to avoid all the crowds and shop online, but I get nervous that with Chicago having the worst mail system, none of my gifts will get here on time.

    As for my dad, I think he’s one of the hardest people to shop for. He wants all the expensive things.

  3. Shelley Says:

    I bought two presents on Amazon and it’s not even 7 am. Gotta love the internet.

  4. Phantom Hater Says:

    I love shopping. All my gfs have always made fun of my shopping habit. It’s like a straight guy can’t like shopping or something.

    I also love getting deals on stuff. I’m always checking deal sites like fatwallet.com and slickdeals.net, and stylenotes.com for stuff for the ladies. I was up at the crack of dawn on Black Friday, although the pickings were slim this year.

    I don’t worry about shopping for my dad. I’m sure your dad will like anything you get him, even if you think it’s boring. Every guy likes gadget-type stuff. If he already has something, buy him an accessory for it.

  5. t.b.f.love. Says:

    Haha, I hear you on the online-shopping deals & dangers – they make it so easy! And I also always have a difficult time shopping for my dad for Christmas; he usually ends up with another history book or another nice sweater… sigh.
    p.s. found your blog through 20sb – I’ve enjoyed reading it so far!

  6. Virginia Says:

    I have such a hard time finding gifts for my family and friends. I always feel like I need to surprise them with something truly SPECTACULAR that they never realized they needed so badly. But unfortunately, that puts a lot of pressure on me to find that illusive “perfect gift.” I am really tempted to just get gift cards this year!

  7. nicoleantoinette Says:

    I LOVE the “of the month clubs”! But I just wish they were a little cheaper so I could do that for more people. I seriously think I would do that for everyone if I could.

  8. Katelin Says:

    I always have a hard time shopping for my family. Granted this year I think I am going the sports route for both of them, so that shouldn’t be too bad. And I may even peruse the online market as well, I feel like Christmas is right around the corner and I have no gifts, ah!

  9. L Sass Says:

    I’m all about the online shopping, too! Heart.

    And, Dads are the hardest to shop for. I got him Netflix for his birthday, though and that went over BIG.

  10. Bass Man Says:

    I can’t start Xmas shopping until after the 9th. My son’s bday is the 9th and we all promised that we’d keep his bday and Xmas distinctly separate. No big deal, I love last minute shopping. I also have very few to buy for so it’s not too stressful.

    My Dad is a challenge to buy for. Gadgets won’t work. UMass gear does, but I’ve bought out the bookstore over the last 20 years.

    The one good thing about buying for my Dad is that whatever you buy him, two hours after we all open presents, he’ll sit back in his chair and discover a pile of gifts next to the chair. He’ll go thru each one asking what it is, who it’s for and why is he getting gifts. Ah, senility, the gift that keeps on giving. JK We have to laugh at it b/c otherwise we’d all be crying.

    As a Dad, the best gift I ever got was my daughter’s first college english paper. It was one of those Let-me-get-to-know-you-type papers assigned to ease the kids into their freshman year. The topic was how culture and ritual plays a role in your family. My daughter wrote about how she and I bonded with each other over the Sox starting with the loss in game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against the Spanks. Our Sox rituals have gotten pretty complex as time has gone on. Even with her 750 miles away, I still feel like we’re watching the game together.

    BTW, she got an “A” on the paper. 😉

    Sometimes the best gifts can’t be bought on-line or in the mall.

  11. Michelle Says:

    i never know what to get my dad either. he literally has everything. and as soon as he does think of something he wants he immediately goes out and buys it. annoying! lol

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