Kreepy Kat wrote:
I have already bought about half of the Christmas presents I am going to buy. If I waited until December to think about Christmas shopping would be more stressful.
Sure, but you'll find that if you wait until Christmas Eve, the stress disappears almost completely due to accepting the merry inevitability of not finding anything, and simply having a drink or two instead.
More cost-effective and certainly easier!
I like the reasoning behind this strategy but there's always some
place open, and does it really matter if everybody gets the same thing? -I say no! and buy them all a set of matching wind-shield wipers or a nice bottle of key-hole defroster.
I restrict who I buy presents for, and those I do buy for tend to get the same thing. Well not exactly, but some variation on the theme of a bottle of nice wine or a box of good chocs.
If they're an alcoholic/non-drinker they get the chocs; if not (or if I know they're trying to lose weight), they get the wine.
It's all I would want on Christmas Day, so it should be good enough for everyone else too.