The Grrrr of Last Minute Gift-Giving

Last-minute Christmas shopping is not all that much fun. Unfortunately, it’s December 19th so last minute is my only real option. I have been perusing Amazon and have a limited selection due to my procrastination. I would, after all, like to have some gifts to offer on Christmas Day, not some vague date in January.

I ordered a few gifts tonight but it’s tough to find things when you don’t quite know what you’re looking for. I much prefer to go to a big store and go slowly up one aisle and down the other. That’s what I usually do. But this year, the time has crept up on me and now I’m nervous that if I don’t order something, I will be arriving on Christmas Day empty-handed.

The funny thing is that even when I spend hours in a store and carefully pick out my gifts, they always are pretty much the same thing: socks, hair products, shower gel, nuts, etc. You know, the uninspired but somewhat needed gifts that people will eventually use but that don’t produce a, “Wow, I can’t believe you found this!” look. At least I don’t give everybody in the family the same gift like my mother used to do. One year, everyone got either a gold or blue velour sweatshirt from Mom. Another year, we all got the same hat.

But don’t think I don’t understand exactly why my mother thought that uniform gift-giving was a great idea. In and out of a store in 20 minutes flat. I get it. I can respect it. I just don’t want to do it!

However, who knows, maybe I should go see what sorts of matching attire I can find. That is, after all, not that different than buying everyone socks.

Okay, I will resist that urge. At least for tonight.

Now I must return to my Christmas shopping.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Len, Enjoyed this piece on this seasonal task that many of us go through. In the past few years my husband and I have gotten into the habit of giving the same sort of gift to several people (mostly in his family). We call these “bonding gifts.” Enjoy your holiday!

  2. Bonding gifts – I like that! There will be several “bonding gifts” for my family this year!

  3. Kelly Wise says:

    Oh my, if only I wasn’t in the same boat, except now it is the 21st and I’m scheduled to work today meaning I won’t arrive home until ten tonight. Looks like it’ll be the 22nd before I hit the aisles. Being a horrible shopper, this forced consumerism bonds me only to the Grinch this time of year!

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