Have YOU done your Christmas shopping?
I mean Have You? HAVE YOU? …. I haven’t!
Indeed – What type of Christmas shopper are you?
Sad to say – I’m not one of those.
Maybe you are a blitzer – make a list and blitz the shops notching up scores until the whole lot is got?
No, I’m not one of those either.
Maybe you like to sit at the computer in late November or early December and order everything on-line?
Now, I have to admit I’d like to do this. However, if I am stuck for ideas this doesn’t work very well for me – real browsing would be better at triggering ideas.
I have a confession – I do not like shopping.
There, I’ve said it. I know, I know, we women are supposed to like shopping.
But I mean – who says?? No-one asked me!
I do not even like shopping for things, clothes, treats or gifts for MYSELF – let alone any other type of shopping!
A trip to the shops usually has me returning with either something, which I later decide is not the right thing after all, or nothing – except a headache – which I always come back with. (which is why the internet shopping is attractive – don’t usually get a headache doing that)
More than anything – I do not want to go to Plymouth, our nearest metropolis, and trail around the shops there – it is not just Plymouth – I just do not want to trail around shops in any town or city – it is not my thing.
You get the picture – Christmas shopping is not a joyous time for me – though I love to give gifts that I know the other person will actually want and like!
For the main presents ‘want’ and ‘like’ are the key words to me – however I am now resigned to the fact that I cannot buy what my loved ones will really want and like and make it a surprise. Oh, yes – I forgot to mention that. I really would like presents to be a surprise. A surprise that also happens to really and truly be ‘Just What they Wanted’ … Yeah, right, in my dreams.
And so … no surprises any more for the big stuff – now the esoteric gifts (climbing gear – for instance) is ordered via a link to the precise item, or a description given that cannot be mistaken in any way, for the more usual things.
However, for ‘secondary’ or ‘stocking’ presents I like unique, interesting, different gifts if I can find them to suit the right people – and so, as I said in an earlier blog, I do frequent local quality Craft Fairs – like the one coming up at Upton Cross next weekend. (4th– 6th) where lovely things and beautiful paintings are to be found (as well as my novels) and these have to satisfy my longing to ‘surprise!’
What kind of Christmas Shopper are You?
Are you a woman and like shopping? (or not?)