December 21, 2015 by phicks2012
Last Minute Shopping
So, it’s December 21st, and I still haven’t finished my Christmas shopping.
In the olden days I shopped throughout the year to get “just the right” gifts for people, but of course that was back when finances were a bit less rickety and I actually had a clue what those people might want. For years now I’ve really had no CLUE what family members wanted, and more recently still the gifts to and from friends have petered out entirely because NONE of us could really afford to swap presents at Christmas.
I started sending Amazon.com gifts cards to family so thateven if I couldn’t find out or figure out what they needed or wanted my bases would (sort of) be covered. Yeah, I know that this sort of lcaks the “personal touch”, but it has the advantage of allowing them to get something they might actually want and cuts out the “returning gifts” cycle.
Gone are the days of finding those neat, personalized presents, and placing them — all wrapped up in bright Christmas paper with a nice bow — under a Christmas tree to be swapped hand-to-hand with everyone present sipping eggnog and absolutely refusing to touch the fruit cake.
These days gifts are either sent through the mail (at exorbitant rates), or sent in card form via mail, or sent via email or Facebook, or they sit inside the front door waiting to be delivered or picked up at some unknown point in time.
*Sighs* Just not the same, but that’s the way it goes. I’ll get those gift cards sent as soon as I verify that the email addresses I have are still current, and in the meanwhilw wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!